National Wildlife Refuge
Peterborough, NH 03468
Phone Number: 978-465-5753
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Wapack National Wildlife Refuge
Wapack National Wildlife Refuge was New Hampshire's first refuge and was established through a donation in 1972. The 1,672-acre refuge is located about 20 miles west of Nashua, New Hampshire and encompasses the 2,278 ft. 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, corssbills, pine grosbeaks and white-throated sparrow. The refuge also supports a wide variety of upland wildlife inlcuding deer, bear, coyote, fisher, fox, mink and weasel.
A three mile segment of the 21-mile Wapack Trail, a spur of the Appalachian Trail, cuts through the refuge and rewards hikers with a beautiful view of the surrounding mountains.
The refuge is administered by the Parker River NWR in Newburyport, MA.
Getting There . . .
The refuge portion of the Wapack Trail is most readily accessible from the parking area of Miller State Park located off Route 101 southeast of Peterborough, New Hampshire. The trail is also accessible from Old Mountain Road which borders the north edge of the refuge.
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The terms of the deed of donation require the refuge to be managed as a "wilderness" like setting for wildlife. Restrictions include prohibiting hunting, fishing, trapping, motorized vehicles and tree cutting.
The primary management activity is restricted to maintaining the hiking trail through the refuge, which is maintained through an agreement with the Friends of the Wapack who also maintain the entire Wapack Trail. Some periodic migratory bird surveys have been conducted by refuge staff and other birders. The Friends of the Wapack publish a trail guide and also offer occasional guided walks.