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As far as the Dartmouth Outing Club goes, Hanover is where it all begins. Forever intertwined with the college campus and all its activities, Hanover is the center for the DOC's outdoor facilities and programs. Robinson Hall, for example, located in the center of campus and just south of the Green, houses the Dartmouth Outing Club offices, as well as Dartmouth Outdoor Rentals. Included in this section are not only the descriptions and locations for various DOC facilities, but also some of the natural areas around Hanover. These natural areas continue to expand and provide the community with more and more opportunities to enjoy the beauty, peace, and solitude of the outdoors.

Mt. Moosilauke: The southwestern-most four-thousand-footer in the White Mountains and its above-treeline summit has a view considered by many to be one of the best in the area. Moosilauke has been a destination for researchers and recreationists for decades and is also the home of the Moosilauke Ravine Lodge, one of the largest log structures in New England and Dartmouth's mountain home.

Second College Grant: A 27,000-acre (township-sized) wilderness in northern New Hampshire which was gifted to the College in 1807 by the State of New Hampshire. Cabins in the Grant can be rented by members of the Dartmouth community.

Appalachian National Scenic Trail: A 2,100+ mile trail which runs from Georgia to Maine. The Dartmouth Outing Club maintains over seventy miles of the trail and its shelters

Hanover Trails:The Town of Hanover has an extensive network of trails and a free, downloadable map that you can view here or purchase a hard copy in the town office.

The Bema: Natural amphitheatre close to campus.

Occom Pond: North end of campus with winter skating.

Pine Park: Running trails and ungroomed cross country ski trails in winter.

Balch Hill: Short walk with views of the campus.

Storrs Pond: Members-only swim club in summer, scenic trails during off-season.

Oak Hill: Cross country ski trails in winter, walking and mountain biking in summer.

The Point: Favorite destination in Hanover’s Mink Brook Natural Area.

Gilman Island: Titcomb Cabin downriver from the Ledyard Canoe Club.

Last Updated: 3/27/14