National wildlife refuges offer us all a chance to unplug from the stresses of daily life and reconnect with our natural surroundings. Many people visit Wapack NWR to hike its four trails, including a four mile section of the 21-mile Wapack Trail, a spur of the Appalachian Trail. Wapack Trail passes over the top of North Pack Monadnock and offers outstanding opportunities for viewing migratory hawks and a beautiful view of the surrounding mountains.
There are four hiking trails on the refuge: Wapack trail (4.0 miles on the refuge), Cliff trail (1.1 miles), and Ted’s and Carolyn’s trails (3 miles on the refuge).
Hiking and through-backpacking are popular along the refuge trails, which lead to the peak of North Pack Monadnock. Located on the refuge, this small mountain offers a beautiful view of the surrounding area and Mount Monadnock.
Hawk watching is popular along the mountaintops during peak migration. Many species of birds and other animals may be encountered throughout the year.
Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing on the trails are popular in wintertime, and are permitted during daylight hours when there is sufficient snow cover.
Wapack NWR offers true mountain hunting. Its trails are therefore rated as moderate to difficult. Refuge visitors are reminded that the refuge is open from sunrise to sunset.
There are four hiking trails on the refuge: The Wapack Trail (4.0 miles on the refuge), Cliff trail (1.1 miles), and Ted’s and Carolyn’s trails (3 miles on the refuge).
For Your Safety: Refuge trails pass through remote, mountainous terrain and are rated as moderate to difficult. Carry a trail map, compass, and/or a GPS receiver and know how to use them. Because mountain weather can change suddenly, carry extra clothing and rain gear. Let someone know where you are going and when you plan to return. Finally, having a water bottle and some extra food is always a good idea.
Other Facilities in the Complex
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.
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 maintains a parking lot on Old Mountain Road in Greenfield, NH. A short spur trail leads from the parking lot to the Wapack Trail. The parking lot (and refuge) is open from sunrise to sunset.