From the Chamberlain Conservation Area parking lot, access the Cheshire Rail Trail and follow it northwest for a little under half of a mile. This stretch of rail trail passes a boggy wetland section of Sip Pond where you may see flycatchers, migratory warblers or waterfowl, frogs, and turtles.
The start of the Peninsula Trail is marked by a yellow gate on the right and travels approximately 0.15 mile on crushed gravel before reaching an opening to the water. Up to this point, the 6-foot-wide trail is wheelchair and stroller accessible.
From here the trail continues on packed dirt another 0.15 mile to the tip of the peninsula, where there's a 180-degree view of Sip Pond and Mount Monadnock. (This section of footpath is not wheelchair accessible.) From the tip of the peninsula, retrace your steps to return to the parking area.
Former landowner Craig Chamberlain had planned on building a house on the edge of this property, but when his wife passed, he decided against it. Instead, Craig thought land conservation would be a good option and a way to honor his wife, Karla. The Monadnock Conservancy purchased the property from Craig, and now welcomes the public to enjoy the trail and access the pond.
For more information, visit the Monadnock Conservancy website or contact:
From NH-12 N: From the intersection of US-202 and Hwy-12 in Winchendon, Massachusetts, head north on Hwy-12 for approximately 3.8 miles before turning left onto Cross Road. At the end of Cross Road, turn left onto Old Turnpike Road. The parking area is on the right about 0.1 mile down the road.
From NH-12 S: From the intersection of NH-119 and NH-12 in Fitzwilliam, head south on NH-12 for 4 miles before turning right onto Old Turnpike Road. The parking area is on the right 0.7 mile down the road.
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