IHR Trail, Chapmans Landing, Iron Mine Brook Trail

The Indian Head River (IHR) Trail, Chapman's Landing, and the Iron Mine Brook trail are a group of loosely associated trails that run along the IHR starting close to where it joins the North River and extending west to where it passes under State Street in Hanson (near Myette's Country Store) These trails run across conservation land managed by the towns of Hanover, Pembroke, and Hanson, as well as Plymouth County conservation property and the Wildlands Trust Tucker Preserve in Pembroke.
All photos by Rob MacDonald Hanson, MA rjmacdonald@gmail.com
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IHRT Trail Map and Location

Trail map for the IHRT system. This includes the newly created Mattakeeset Path trail that connects Luddams Ford and Chapmans Landing.

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Indian Head River at Rocky Run in Hanson. This is looking towards the west.
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At Rocky Run Conservation Area
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Indian Head River at Rocky Run Conservation Area. Remnants of the old tack factory dam where it crossed the river.
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Indian Head river just east of Rocky Run Conservation area. Swift waters after an autumn rain.
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At Chapmans Landing and the state boat launch located on Indian Head Drive in Hanover.
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New kiosk at Rocky Run Hanson
New kiosk at Rocky Run Hanson
Newly installed information kiosk at the State Street entrance to Rocky Run.
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IHR at Hanson
Looking down stream along the Indian Head River from the former Rocky Run dam
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Just beyond the entrance to the Chapman's Landing trail head, this small bridge crosses over the Iron Mine brook.
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Looking east along the Indian Head River, Hanover on the left bank and Pembroke on the right bank.
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Indian Head River in Pembroke looking upstream to the west.
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Seasonable fast flowing water as the Indian Head River passes under the State Street bridge in Hanson. This is just upstream from the Rocky run Conservation property.
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Looking east along the Indian Head River from the Wildlands Trust Tucker Preserve. The Waterman Tack factory is directly across the river.
Rocky Run Hanson
Rocky Run Hanson
Rocky Run Information kiosk
Water Street (Hanover) IHR Trail Kiosk
Water Street (Hanover) IHR Trail Kiosk
Water Street (Hanover) entrance to the Indian Head River trail.
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Rocky Run Hanson
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This section of rough water is just east of Rocky Run. Looks as if this may have been a small dam or possibly a stone bridge.
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Another view of the small rapids iust east of Rocky Run.
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The installation of boardwalks installed at Chapman's landing were the result of a collaborative effort by Wildlands Trust, Hanover Open Space Committee, and several volunteer groups.
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Boardwalk through the initial portions of the Chapman's Landing trail raise the walking surface above a seasonably muddy section of the trail. This portion of the trail passes between remnants of man made berms that causes water to collect on the trail.
Luddam's Ford dam on the Indian Head River

Luddam's Ford dam on the Indian Head River

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Indian Head River

Indian Head River in Hanover looking upstream and to the west. Immediately on the other side of the river is the Wildlands Trust Tucker Preserve.
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Indian Head River Tucker Preserve

E. Phillips and Sons tack factory

E. Phillips and Sons tack factory

E. Phillips & Sons Tack Factory - State St Hanson. This was located at the Hanson entrance to the IHRT on State Street. The factory spanned the river and had buildings on both the Hanson and Hanover side.
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Indian Head River

Side branch of the Indian Head River from the Hanover side. This is looking upstream close to where the river passes under State Street in Hanson.
Indian Head River trail in Hanover.
Indian Head River trail in Hanover.
Section of the Indian Head River Trail (IHRT) in Hanover. The full loop passes through Hanover, Hanson, and Pembroke.
River Otter on the Indian Head River.
River Otter on the Indian Head River.
River Otter at Tucker Preserve along the Indian Head River in Pembroke MA.
River Otter on the Indian Head River.
River Otter on the Indian Head River.
River Otter on the Indian Head River in Pembroke MA.
Indian Head River - Hanson Hanover
Indian Head River - Hanson Hanover
Just a bit further to the east is this spectacular glacial erratic plunked right on the edge of the Indian Head River in Pembroke MA.
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Indian Head River - Hanson Hanover
Small glacial erratic on the south side of the Indian Head River - Pembroke Hanover
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Autumn 2020 along the Indian Head River Trail. Hanson Pembroke Hanover
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Looking west along the Indian Head River between Hanson and Hanover. This is not far from the State Street Bridge in Hanson.
Plymouth County Property Bound Marker
An old Plymouth County property bound marker along side the Indian Head River trail (IHRT) in Hanson.

IHRT at Rocky Run Hanson

Rocky Run Conservation area in Hanson. These out croppings are listed as Pennsylvanian Rocks on USGS maps. This type of rock is sedimentary and possibly Greywacke.
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Indian Head River in Hanson MA.
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Glacial erratic in Wildlands Trust Tucker Preserve, Pembroke. This erratic is in a Hemlock grove on the banks of the Indian Head River.
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The old dam and fish ladder at Ludam's Ford on the Hanover Pembroke line.
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Another view of the large erratic on the Indian Head River that divides Pembroke and Hanover.
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Indian Head River on the Hanover/Hanson town line.
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Looking down from IHRT as it passes through Wildlands Trust Tucker Preserve. Indian Head River below. Pembroke MA.
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River Otter eating a fish on the Indian Head River that forms part of the border between Hanover and Pembroke MA.
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River otter on the Indian Head river in Pembroke/Hanover Ma. This is just off the shore from the Wildlands Trust Tucker Preserve.
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River Otter
Indian Head River Ice
Indian Head River Ice
IHRT at Rocky Run Hanson
Rocky Run Conservation area in Hanson
These out croppings at Rocky Run are listed as Pennsylvanian Rocks on USGS maps. This type of rock is sedimentary and possibly Greywacke.
Rocky Run Hanson
These out croppings at Rocky Run are listed as Pennsylvanian Rocks on USGS maps. This type of rock is sedimentary and possibly Greywacke.
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Hole through the softer sedimentary rock at Hanson Conservation - Rocky Run. Indian Head River in the background. Accessible from the Indian Head River Trail (IHRT) in the portion that runs through Hanson.
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Glacial erratics along the Indian Head River.
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Looking from the Town of Hanson Rocky Run conservation across the river to Hanover. The IHRT crosses directly beside the rocks on the other side of the river.
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Dam at Luddams Ford
Dwelly Rock
Dwelly Rock along the Indian Head River Trail (IHRT).
Star Flower along the Indian Head River Trail.
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Indian Head River as it passes under State Street in Hanson,
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Indian Head River - Hanson Hanover
Site of the R.C. Waterman Tack Factory along the Indian Head River.
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Autumn 2020 along the Indian Head River Trail.
Scene from the Indian Head River Trail (IHRT).
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Indian Head River - Hanson Hanover
Indian Head RIver, Pembroke MA.
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Hanover side looking towards the Town of Hanson Rocky Run conservation preserve. The IHRT passes on either side of the river at this location.
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Indian Head River
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Large glacial erratic seated along the edge of the Indian Head River, Pembroke MA.
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Indian Head River near State Street in Hanson
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Rocky Run Conservation area in Hanson
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Rocky Run Conservation area in Hanson. This is along the Indian Head River Trail