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The Friends maintain the following trails:

Wapack Trail
Cliff Trail
Raymond Trail
Marion Davis Trail
Berry Pasture Trail
Kidder Mt. Trail
State Line Trail
Spruce Knoll Trail


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Foot travel welcome

Leave NO trace

Be quiet near houses

Stay on blazed trails

Respect trailside property

Park cars so others can pass

Dogs on leash and only where allowed


Once it's gone... Once it's gone
it's gone forever.


     


Wapack Range from Mt. Watatic - Photo by John Callahan

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Wapack Notices!

In 2013 we celebrated the 90th Anniversary of the Wapack Trail!

Wapack Trail 90th Anniversary articles in local papers!
Read these great newspaper articles about the 90th Anniversary of the Wapack Trail and the Friends of the Wapack!
N
ashua Telegraph Sunday Magazine April 21 lead article by David Brooks
Peterborough Ledger-Transcript May 30 front page article by Dave Anderson
Manchester Union Leader June 5 article by Nancy Bean Foster

Click here to see 90th Anniversary events photos!


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Hiking the Wapack Trail through Windblown XC Ski Area
 The Wapack Trail is closed for hiking through Windblown Cross Country Ski Area during the winter. You can purchase a ticket at the Windblown office when they are open for snow shoeing or skiing the trail. (The trail is also closed during "Mud Season" - roughly through mid April.) Hiking during other seasons through Windblown is only allowed on the marked route of the Wapack Trail, and no mountain bikes please. Parking is still along the shoulder of Route 123/124 Turnpike Road, between Wapack Road and the Windblown entrance, not on Windblown property. Thank you!
 Download the Windblown Wapack Trail map with directions by clicking here.



Notice: There are reports of cars being broken into at the Mt. Watatic parking lot on Route 119 in Ashburnham. Be sure to lock your car and don't leave any valuables visible. Report any problems to the Ashburnham Police.

The Wapack Trail

In 1923, Frank Robbins and Marion Buck (Davis) of Rindge, NH, saw a dream come true: the establishment of the 21-mile Wapack Trail from Mount Watatic in Ashburnham, MA, to North Pack in Greenfield, NH, passing through sections of Ashburnham and Ashby, MA, and New Ipswich, Temple, Sharon, Peterborough and Greenfield, NH. The Wapack Trail, a day-use trail for foot travel, is one of the oldest interstate trails in the Northeast. For the most part, the trail follows a skyline route along the summits of Watatic, Pratt, New Ipswich, Barrett and Temple mountains, then ascends the Pack Monadnocks. Yellow triangles on trees and rocks blaze the Wapack. Cairns mark the trail along bare stony sections and summits. Seven miles of side trails also provide an opportunity for exploration and spectacular scenery, including the side trail to Kidder Mountain.

Open ledges and rocky peaks provide breathtaking views of Mount Monadnock, the Berkshires and the Green Mountains to the west, Boston to the southeast, and the White Mountains to the north. The spruce forests lining parts of the trail give hikers the feeling of being deep in the North Woods.

In spring and summer, wildflowers are everywhere - as well as blueberries! In fall, the countryside is ablaze with color. Wildlife includes beaver, moose, fox, rabbit, partridge, migratory birds and sometimes wild turkey. In winter, snowshoeing and ski mountaineering are outstanding.

The trail passes old homesteads, goes through state forests, Miller State Park, the Wapack National Wildlife Refuge, crosses the NH/MA state line and the Boston Post Road constructed in 1753. The site of the Wapack Lodge, built by Robbins and Davis and once a leading center for skiing during the 1920's and '30's, is seen off the trail in New Ipswich.

Help Protect our Trees!
The NH Division of Forests and Lands requests our help stop the spread of destructive exotic insects like the Asian Longhorn Beetle in our area. Please download and print out the flyer they have provided us and take it with you on the trail as a reference. The flyer includes instructions on how to report your findings. You can download the flyer by clicking here. Thank You!!

Trailwrights

We are greatly indebted to Trailwrights, Inc. for training in trail maintenance, help with trail layout and relocations, and help with heavy trail work. THANK YOU!!

 

Friends of the Wapack
P.O. Box 115
West Peterborough, NH
03468
info@wapack.org

"It would evidently be a noble walk from Watatic to Goffstown perchance, over the Peterboro mountains, along the very backbone of this part of New Hampshire, - the most novel and interesting walk that I can think of in these parts."
- Henry David Thoreau, Journal report on his final trip to Mt. Monadnock, August 9,1860

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