Hikers can ascend and enjoy the summits of South Pack Monadnock and North Pack Monadnock via many trails through lands conserved by New Hampshire State Parks (Miller State Park), The Nature Conservancy (Joanne Bass Bross Preserve), and the US Fish & Wildlife Service (Wapack National Wildlife Refuge).
For those who are unable to hike to the summit of South Pack Monadnock, there are excellent trails accessible from the parking area at the top of the Toll Road. On the summit, visitors will find a parking lots, communication and observation towers, picnic tables, drinking water, pit toilets, fireplaces, and a three-sided stone shelter. Many trails depart from the summit area, so take care to follow the correct one.
South Pack Monadnock Trails:
South Pack Monadnock Summit Trails:
North Pack Monadnock Trails (Please note: These trails pass through Wapack National Wildlife Refuge, where dogs must be leashed and camping is prohibited):
Miller State Park is open seasonally and charges a modest fee; operating hours vary by day - please check the Park's website or call for more information. Leashed pets are allowed in Miller State Park. This park is always open for recreation unless closed or restricted by posting. During off hours and the off-season the park is typically not staffed, comfort stations are not available and gates may be closed. The off-season poses unique risks inherent when participating in outdoor recreational activities. Please be aware that many State Park areas and trails are not staffed during the off-season, and day-use fees are not collected. Recreationists should possess the necessary knowledge, skill, and equipment to ensure their own safety. Users assume all risk while recreating in State Park lands.
The Joanne Bass Bross Preserve was acquired by the Nature Conservancy in 2001, conserving 501 acres of diverse forests and rocky ridges, and creating a large 2,700-acre swath of contiguous conserved lands by connecting Miller State Park on South Pack Monadnock Mountain with the Wapack National Fish and Wildlife Refuge on North Pack. Hikers can experience the benefits of this connection firsthand by traversing the 21-mile Wapack Trail, which passes through a corner of the Conservancy’s preserve north of South Pack Monadnock. The Nature Conservancy partnered with the New England Forestry Foundation (NEFF) and the Monadnock Conservancy to acquire the preserve.
Wapack National Wildlife Refuge, established in 1972 through a donation from Laurence and Lorna Marshall, was New Hampshire's first refuge and is managed as part of the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Complex. The 1,672-acre refuge is located about 20 miles west of Nashua, New Hampshire and encompasses the 2,278-foot North Pack Monadnock Mountain. The refuge is a popular hawk migration area and provides nesting habitat for numerous migratory songbirds such as the tree sparrow, Swainson's thrush, magnolia warbler, crossbills, pine grosbeaks, and white-throated sparrow. The refuge also supports a wide variety of upland wildlife including deer, bear, coyote, fisher, fox, mink, and weasel. The summit of North Pack Monadnock offers outstanding opportunities for viewing migratory hawks and a beautiful view of the surrounding mountains. Please respect the wildlife in the refuge by keeping dogs on leash and not camping. Geocaching is not allowed on National Wildlife Refuge lands.
This network of trails is managed cooperatively by many organizations. Please visit their websites online for more information and printable maps:
Miller State Park Trailheads: From the Manchester area, take NH-101 west to Milford and continue on NH-101. Miller State Park is approximately 14 miles from Milford. The trails start from the east side of the parking lot. Fees are required from May-Oct.
Raymond Trailhead: From the Miller State Park entrance, continue on NH-101 west for 0.3 miles to East Mountain Road. After 0.7 miles, turn right, and the parking area will be in 0.2 miles. The Cranberry Meadow Pond Trailhead is 0.2 miles farther down the road from here.
Wapack and Ted's Trail Trailheads: Continue past the Raymond Trailhead on East Mountain Road. Turn right onto Sand Hill Road and follow as it jogs left and then right, becoming Mountain Road. At 1.4 miles from East Mountain Road, Wapack Trail parking is available on the shoulder. In 1.3 miles from the Wapack Trail, parking for Ted's Trail is available on the left.
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