Friends of the Wapack - Wapack Trail
Directions to Trailheads

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Directions to the  Mt. Watatic Parking Lot / Trail Head

From Massachusetts Route 119:

1. West on Rte. 119 from Ashby Center

2. After the intersection with MA Rte. 101 in Ashburnham, continue west on Rte. 119 1.4 miles.

3. The parking lot is on the right. There is a chain-link fence with an opening in it. Just before the entrance, there is a sign that says "Mid State Trail" (The Wapack and the Mid State run together for a ways in that area.)

From NH Route 119:

1. East on Rte. 119 from Rindge

2. After crossing the MA/NH border, continue east on Rte. 119 1.7 miles.

3. The parking lot is on the left. There is a chain-link fence with an opening in it. Just before the entrance, there is a sign that says "Mid State Trail" (The Wapack and the Mid State run together for a ways in that area.)


Directions to the Greenfield, NH (Old Mountain Road) Trail Head - north end of the Wapack Trail and Wapack National Wildlife Refuge - North Pack

The north end/Old Mountain Road trail head is located in Greenfield NH. Trailhead is on south side of Old Mountain Road. Look for trail markers and signs for the Wapack National Wildlife Refuge on the south side of the road.

A few yards to the west of the trail head is a new (2012) parking area created by US Fish and Wildlife Service for the Wapack National Wildlife Refuge and Wapack Trail. There is a short spur trail from the west side of the parking area that will take you to the Wapack Trail.

Westbound on Rt. 101 from Temple toward Peterborough:

West on Rt. 101 over the top of Temple Mountain. After the passing lane ends at the top of the hill, do not turn into the Miller State Park parking lot. Instead, continue 0.4 mile to the first right (Old Mountain Road, Peterborough), and turn right. Proceed 0.6 mile to a three-way intersection, and bear right onto East Mountain Road. Proceed about 2.8 miles until road ends at Sand Hill Road. Turn right. Proceed 1.6 miles, including a sharp left curve and a sharp right curve, until you see the trail markers and signs for the Wapack National Wildlife Refuge on the south side of the road. (Road changes its name to Old Mountain Road in Greenfield.)

Southbound on Rt. 202/Rt. 123 from Hancock:

Follow Rt. 202/Rt. 123 south past the turnoff for Rt. 136 north (on the left). Continue on Rt. 202/Rt. 123 south for 1.0 mile past the turnoff for Rt. 136, and turn left onto the first left (Sand Hill Road). Proceed 3.9 miles, including a sharp left curve (at about 2.6 miles) and a sharp right curve (at about 3.0 miles), until you see the trail markers and signs for the Wapack National Wildlife Refugeon the south side of the road.

Eastbound on Rt. 101 from Dublin or northbound on Rt. 202 from Jaffrey:

Proceed into Peterborough where Rt. 202 north and Rt. 101 east come together at the traffic light, and take the next left onto Rt. 202 north/Rt. 123 north. Proceed 1.1 miles and bear right onto Sand Hill Road. Proceed 3.9 miles, including a sharp left curve (at about 2.6 miles) and a sharp right curve (at about 3.0 miles), until you see the trail markers and signs for the Wapack National Wildlife Refuge on the south side of the road.

Northbound on Rt. 123 from Sharon and New Ipswich:

Where Rt. 123 meets Rt. 101, turn left onto Rt. 101 west. Proceed 1.1 miles to junction of Rtes. 101, 202, and 123. Turn right onto Rt. 202 north/Rt. 123 north. Proceed 1.1 miles and bear right onto Sand Hill Road. Proceed 3.9 miles, including a sharp left curve (at about 2.6 miles) and a sharp right curve (at about 3.0 miles), until you see the trail markers and signs for the Wapack National Wildlife Refugeon the south side of the road.


Directions from Boston to the Route 124 Wapack Trail Head in New Ipswich, NH

1. Take your favorite route to Route 495 on the northwest side of Boston, probably either Route 3 North to Route 495 South, or Route 2 West to Route 495 North.

2. Follow Route 495 to Exit 31 - Route 119.

3. Take Route 119 West toward Groton and Townsend. Follow Route 119 West 15 miles to the traffic light at Route 13 in the center of Townsend.

4. Continue straight ahead on Route 119 West two miles to the crossroads at West Townsend. Turn right onto an unnumbered road, at signs that say Greenville, Mason, New Ipswich, To Rt 124, and/or To Rt 123.

5. Follow the unnumbered road, and bear left just before the snowmobile dealer. When the road reaches New Hampshire, it becomes Rt. 124. Continue on Rt. 124 West. At the stop sign about 3 miles from West Townsend, continue straight ahead on Rt. 124 West.

6. About 11 miles from West Townsend, near the top of the hill, look for Old Rindge Road on the right and Wapack Road (a private road) on the left. The Wapack Trail crosses Route 123/124 here. You can park on Route 123/124 here on the south (eastbound) side of the road - west of Wapack Road and off the pavement - but you'll have to turn around to get there. Please don't turn around in private driveways. Instead, continue on Route 123/124 until you find a safe place to turn around - probably at Philmart Drive on the left (3/4 mile past the Wapack Trail).

7. Please follow all parking signs. Please do not park on Wapack Road, and do not park at Windblown.

HIKING

From Route 124, the Wapack Trail starts south on the Windblown Cross Country Ski Area driveway. Go straight ahead at the top of the driveway toward our map bulletin board and follow the yellow triangles. CLICK HERE to view a map of the Wapack Trail through Windblown with important details. The top of Barrett Mountain is about 2 miles from Route 124. Happy hiking!


Walk softly. Listen. Observe. Carry out everything you carry in. Take only pictures -- and your memories.


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