The Hudson Farm
The 175-acre Hudson Farm is now protected forever as a part of the Appalachian Trail corridor, with the March 21, 2017 transfer from Dartmouth College to the National Park Service. The Etna property, which could have become a development of 18 homes, has a well-loved network of trails connecting the AT with Berrill Farms and Etna’s “bird road” neighborhoods. The beautiful fields will be kept open for bobolinks and views. This is the first addition to the Appalachian National Scenic Trail in Hanover in more than 15 years. MAP
The Town of Hanover and Trust for Public Land (TPL), assisted by the Hanover Conservancy, worked for more than six years to permanently protect this land, an attractive target for subdivision and development, to keep it open for walkers and wildlife. Dartmouth College was deeply generous in accommodating a conservation sale. TPL purchased the property from Dartmouth for $1.84 million with funding from the Federal Land and Water Conservation Fund and from private donations. LWCF funding comes from offshore oil and gas royalty payments; it is not supported by taxpayer dollars. The final gifts to complete the fund-raising came from the Hanover Conservancy’s Strategic Land Action Fund and gifts made in memory of Audrey McCollum, a Hudson Farm neighbor.
Parking is available at a new trailhead & kiosk on Trescott Road, directly across from Patridge Lane, or at the Appalachian Trail parking area on Trescott Road.