Get Outside

Graduate students have many opportunities for outdoor recreation and networking near Dartmouth College, including activities with the Dartmouth Graduate Outing Club (DGOC).

Outdoor Opportunities near Dartmouth College

Hanover Country Club

This is an 18-hole golf course. There is a fee per round, or you can get a term pass or become a member. 

Dartmouth Skiway (Lyme, NH)

The Skiway is a great place to go skiing for a half or full day. Shuttle buses run from campus. There are special rates for Dartmouth students.

In addition, there are a multitude of mountains within easy driving distance for day or weekend ski trips: OkemoStowePicoMt. SunapeeWhaleback, and Killington.

Morton Farm

Morton Farm occupies approximately 200 acres of land, mostly wooded, with trails winding throughout. The Director of the Riding Program, Sally Batton, encourages students to visit the land and investigate the trails.

Dartmouth Summer Sailing Program

During the summer, the Dartmouth Yacht Club has boats available for members to sail on Mascoma Lake.

Connecticut River

Best for early fall, spring, and summer events. Ledyard Canoe Club will rent canoes and kayaks. 

Cross Country Skiing and Skating

The Dartmouth Cross Country Ski Center maintains over twenty-five kilometers of groomed cross country ski trails on Oak Hill and Garipay Field in Hanover, New Hampshire, as well as the ice on Occom Pond for ice skating.

Jogging and Bicycling

There are many back roads and trails that are great for a quick escape from the books. Favorites include: Rip Road, the Occom pond/golf course, the Dartmouth College Highway to Lyme, and Grasse Road.
The Upper Valley Running Club is a local resource for all stages and ages of people interested in running for pleasure or competitively. They welcome new members.

Hiking Trails

The Dartmouth Outing Club (DOC) maintains 75 miles of the Appalachian Trail, along with 50 miles of its own trails. Maps and guides are available. Mt. Cardigan is a 20 minute drive, and a fairly easy hour-long hike with an amazing view.

Cabins and Shelters

About 20 well-maintained cabins are scattered across New Hampshire and Vermont. Cabins require a reservation and a small fee.

College Grant

The College Grant comprises 27,000 acres in northern New Hampshire. Hiking, fishing, hunting, and camping (in cabins) are all options.

Mt. Moosilauke

Mt. Moosilauke covers 4,700 acres in the southern White Mountain National Forest. The Ravine Lodge at the base is a must and offers 3 meals a day and lodging during the late spring, summer and early fall. 

Other outdoor opportunities

Learn more about outdoor recreation at the Outdoor Programs Office.

Become a Dartmouth Graduate Outing Club Leader

​In order to qualify to lead a DGOC trip, leaders must have the following qualifications:

  • Risk Management
  • CPR/First Aid
  • Driver Certification

The DGOC offers these classes on a regular basis.

For technical trips such as rock climbing, back country skiing, and white water canoeing leaders must have an appropriate level of expert training.  In addition, DGOC leaders must register each trip with the Graduate Studies Office (Kerry Landers).

Registration must include:

  • Name of the trip leader
  • Name of Co-Leader
  • Cell phone numbers of both leaders
  • Name of graduate students going on trip
  • Destination/route/camp ground
  • Estimated start and end time
  • Type of transportation

*For advanced trips, all graduate students must sign a waiver form

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