HANOVER – Colby Phillips Trail at Hanover Greenway


“This property is diverse and inviting. Features include boardwalks, a bridge over Cushing Brook, an observation deck on Cushing Brook Marsh, and the historic West Hanover Cemetery, immediately adjacent to the southern terminus of the trail system.”

Read more at https://www.nsrwa.org/listing/colby-phillips-trails/

How to get there


Hanover Middle School

45 Whiting St.

Hanover, MA 02339

Parking here is plentiful during non-school hours. There is limited parking on the side of the driveway into Hanover Middle School that could be used during school hours. Park at your own risk. The entrance to the trail is directly across from the driveway into Hanover Middle School and marked with a green sign that says “Hanover Greenway.”

Trail Description & Map

At just over 3 miles, this trail usually puts our 5 and 7 year olds at the limit of their stamina. However, there is varied terrain, a scenic overlook, an old cemetery, and part of the trail is on abandoned railroad tracks.


TRAIL MAP: https://www.hanover-ma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif666/f/file/file/colbyphillipstrailsrev2.pdf

P.I.N.T. Score

Rated on a scale of 1 (difficult/not good) to 5 (easy/awesome!)

P – Parking & Access – 5 (great during non-school hours!)

I – Interest Level – 4 (varied terrain, scenic overlook, bridge over Cushing Brook, old cemetery, railroad tracks)

N – Navigation – 4 (trails well marked and well-worn, but 1-2 slightly confusing parts – see video for where!)

T – Terrain – 4 (mostly flat, but rocks sticking up out of ground, a few steep ups/downs, some obstacles like logs across the trail, railroad tracks, and bridge over Cushing brook that involves steps.)

Stroller-friendly? NO

The P.I.N.T. Score represents our opinions on this trail.  It reflects our experience, perception, and physical health.  Therefore, the scores are not intended to be expert advice, nor will they be accurate for everyone: we cannot judge what may or may not be appropriate for each individual’s different abilities.  Consult a physician or medical expert before attempting any new physical activity. Hiking contains inherent hazards, so hike at your own risk.  You should always make your own decisions about what level of physical activity is appropriate for you and your family. Weather and other factors may affect trail conditions. Remember, trail conditions may change suddenly and drastically at any time.

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