Dedicated to Preserving the Wapack Trail
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The Friends maintain the following trails:
Marion Davis Trail
Berry Pasture Trail
Kidder Mt. Trail
State Line Trail
Spruce Knoll Trail
Courtesy on the Trail
Leave NO trace
Be quiet near
Stay on blazed
Park cars so
others can pass
Dogs on leash and only where allowed
Once it's gone
it's gone forever.
Wapack Range from Mt. Watatic - Photo by John Callahan
All new Guide to the Wapack Trail!
this spring! Our all new, full color
trail guide includes end-to-end
descriptions of the Wapack Trail and eight side trails, suggested hikes with
maps, and sections on geology and flora and fauna. A history section
provides details on the history of the trail, the Wapack Lodge, the Friends,
conservation properties, and the story of skiing along the Wapack Range. The
guide includes our full color trail map. Proceeds helps support our efforts to maintain and protect the Wapack Trail.
The trail guide is currently available
on our General
Store webpage, and at the Toadstool
Bookshops in Peterborough, Milford, and
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 early May.) 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.
Download the Windblown Wapack Trail
map with directions by clicking here.
Highlighting three great projects
The Friends of the
Wapack trail crew has been very busy
this year completing two major projects,
with a third project nearing completion.
We have completed the restoration of the
historic Picnic Shelter on the summit of
Pack Monadnock at Miller State Park. An
extension to the Spruce Knoll Spur Trail
is now open, leading to a wonderful
outlook on Pack Monadnock. And a new
base to summit trail at Temple
Mt. State Reservation.
Details on these
project are in our
e-Newsletter. Please visit our
facebook page for photos.
Support the Friends of the Wapack
through the TD Bank Affinity Program
Participating in the
TD Bank Affinity Program is an easy and
simple way to support the Friends of the
Wapack. By participating, your bank
account(s) will be allocated the Friends
of the Wapack’s Affinity Code (AF798),
linking your account to the Friends.
Based on the Affinity Codes assigned to
accounts, TD Bank will make a financial
contribution to the Friends every year.
No contribution is made from your bank
accounts, you are simply showing your
“affinity” to us. There are two ways to
get involved and participate in the
program. Current TD Bank customers can
call or visit any TD Bank branch and ask
to have your account(s) linked to the
Friends of the Wapack through the
Affinity Membership Program. Be sure to
mention the Friends of the Wapack as the
organization you are supporting. Our
affinity code is AF798.
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
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
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
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
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
"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,
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