Greensboro Ridge

TrumbullNelsonKioskNew Trailhead Kiosk

Many thanks to Trumbull-Nelson for the beautiful new kiosk greeting hikers at the beginning of Oli’s Eagle Trail at the top of Velvet Rocks Drive. The Town of Hanover DPW crew installed the footings. Posted here are an updated trail map, tidbits about the Natural Area’s wildlife and special habitats, trail details, and guidelines for use. Watch this space for special notices about happenings at the Natural Area.

New Map & Guide

Our new full-color map and guide to the Greensboro Ridge Natural Area gives insights into natural features including geology, birds, mammals, plants, and habitats, and explains the trails and the property’s history.  An electronic version is available here;  printed copies are posted at the trailhead.

new trailhead sign goes upTrails

The 0.6 mile Greensboro Highlands Trail, on a route recommended by biologists to showcase the property’s fascinating natural features while avoiding sensitive habitats, links existing trails to create a new loop past dramatic rock faces and more. Vertical gain is about 300 feet. The trail is for foot travel only. Oli’s Eagle Trail (0.5 miles, foot travel only), connects to the Appalachian Trail in a 20 minute hike, traversing easy to moderate terrain.  Sections of the trail pass over rocks and boulders, so sturdy footwear is recommended. The 0.4 mile Silent Brook Trail, where mountain biking is also permitted, connects the Silent Brook  and Velvet Rocks neighborhoods. Generous donors, including the Hypertherm HOPE Foundation, pitched in with the funds needed to make this trail a reality.


About the Greensboro Ridge Natural Area

The Hanover Conservancy acquired Greensboro Ridge Natural Area in 2008 in partnership with the Town of Hanover.  The trail traverses a breathtaking landscape as it climbs up the ridge and connects with the Appalachian Trail near Velvet Rocks.  Visitors will remark on the preserve’s ferny clearings, woodland streams, mossy glens, and dramatic rock ledges.
Ice fractal in a Greensboro Ridge stream
Ice fractal in a Greensboro Ridge stream

How to get there – Oli’s Eagle Trail & Silent Brook Trail: From Greensboro Road, turn onto Velvet Rocks Drive and continue to the trailhead parking area at the top of the road. The Silent Brook Trail can also be reached from the Silent Brook housing development.  From Greensboro Road, turn onto Silent Brook Drive, turn right, and park beyond the homes’ parking area. The trail begins at the upper northeast corner of the development. Please respect the privacy and property of the Velvet Rocks and Silent Brook communities on your way to and from the Natural Area. No overnight parking is permitted at the trailhead area.

Natural Resource Inventory & Management Plan for Greensboro Ridge

A natural resources inventory, completed in  2011, sheds light on the many remarkable features of this 113-acre property.  The inventory is the basis of a new management plan [full text] [summary] for the land, including possible new trails. Find our working list of Greensboro Ridge’s plants, birds, and other wildlife here. Please contact us to report a new species.