Velvet Rocks

Hanover, NH
Difficulty: Difficult
Special Features: Natural, Vista
Walking Conditions: Trail
Duration: 1:30
Season: May-Oct
Bring: Binoculars, Boots


An uphill climb through a forest over mossy rocks.

This Quest hikes up to the Velvet Rocks Shelter of the Appalachian Trail. This section of the trail is maintained by our partner, the Dartmouth Outing Club. The DOC was formed in 1909 to “stimulate interest in out-of-door winter sports,” and quickly grew to encompass the College’s year-round out-of-doors recreation. Today the club has over 1,500 student members (about a quarter of the College’s student population), and about as many non-student members, making it (to our knowledge) the largest collegiate outing club in the nation (as well as the first). The DOC organizes trips in the out-of-doors, provides outdoor leader and medical/safety education, and maintains over seventy miles of the Appalachian Trail. For more information:


Exit 13 off I-91, travel east across the Connecticut River into Hanover. Continue straight through the traffic lights to the second set of lights. Turn right onto the South Park Street/Route 120 and continue to the first major intersection, turn left into the parking lot for the Co-op Service Center.

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Update to this Quest

This quest originally appeared in Valley Quest:89 Treasure Hunts in the Upper Valley.You are no longer allowed to park at the Co-op Service Station. Your best bet would be park across the street from Hanover High School. During school hours it can be crowded but on the weekend, there is always plenty of parking.