The 1,672-acre refuge is located in a remote area about 20 miles west of Nashua, New Hampshire, and encompasses the 2,278 ft. North Pack Monadnock Mountain. The refuge is administered by staff at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge (located in Newburyport, MA). The phone number for Parker River NWR is (978) 463-5753. Written correspondence related to Wapack can be sent, c/o the Refuge Manager, to Parker River NWR, 6 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport, MA, 01950.
The refuge opens at sunrise and closes at sunset. Managed primarily for its “wilderness-like” qualities, the primary refuge user groups are hikers, birders, and nature photographers. The popular, 21 mile-long Wapack Trail passes through the refuge and therefore makes the refuge an important link in an extended network of hiking trails in the greater Monadnock Region.
A relatively new parking lot, located on Old Mountain Road in Greenfield, provides convenient visitor access to the north end of the refuge. A short spur, trail leading from the parking lot, connects with the Wapack Trail, near its northern terminus. There are no other facilities or infrastructure, including restrooms, associated with the refuge.
Downloadable directions to parking lot (pdf).
The refuge is also accessible, via the Wapack Tail, from the Miller State Park parking area on top of Pack Monadnock Mountain. The entrance to the park is located on Route 101, several miles southeast of Peterborough, NH. Please keep in mind that Miller State Park charges an entrance fee.
The refuge is located in a relatively remote and mountainous area of southwestern New Hampshire. Bring a good trail map and know how to read it. Leave a detailed trip itinerary with a friend or family member. Bring plenty of water and carry extra clothing; weather can change quickly, particularly at the higher elevations. Food, cell phone, GPS unit, sunscreen, and insect repellant are all items that may well be worth including in your knapsack. Binoculars and/or a camera can really contribute to a great refuge visit.
During the warmer months at the refuge, mosquitoes, deerflies and other biting insects can be very bothersome. Ticks are common on the refuge and can transmit Lyme disease. Please stay on all designated trails and take appropriate precautions to avoid ticks and other insects.
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There are a variety of activities year round at Wapack National Wildlife Refuge including hiking, wildlife observation, photography, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.