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Appalachian Trail - New Hampshire- The white-blazed Appalachian Trail (A.T.) passes through 14 states, 8 national forests, 2 national parks and numerous state parks. The New Hampshire section of the A.T. spans about 160 miles from the Connecticut River in Hanover to the Maine state line.
Miller State Park- Located on the 2,290-foot summit and flank of Pack Monadnock in Peterborough, Miller is the oldest state park in New Hampshire. A winding 1.3 mile paved road leading to the scenic summit is open for visitors to drive in summer and on spring and fall weekends. Picnicking and hiking are popular activities at the scenic mountain park.

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Description - Located just east of Peterborough in southern New Hampshire, Wapack NWR provides a nesting area for migrating birds. The most popular features at this refuge are wildlife observation and hiking the 22-mile Wapack Trail.

Attractions - Located just east of Peterborough in southern New Hampshire, Wapack NWR provides a nesting area for migrating birds amidst its timbered slopes. Hiking and wildlife viewing are the most popular attractions at this upland forest and boulder wilderness area.

Recreation - Wildlife viewing, nature photography, hiking the Wapack Trail (a spur of the Appalachian Trail) and snowshoeing are enjoyed at the refuge.

Climate - New Hampshire residents experience four distinct seasons. Winter can be cold with average temperatures ranging around 19 degrees Fahrenheit. The cold temperatures humidity bring heavy, water-laden snow to all parts of the state. Spring begins in mid-March and lasts through May. This time of the year is referred to as mud season in the mountains. The sugar is flowing early in the season and wild flowers bloom toward the end of it. Summer is the busiest season of the year for the tourism industry. This is an excellent time to travel, mountain roads are open and most of the mud has dried. Average summer temperatures range around 68 degrees Fahrenheit. Fall brings the leaf lookers to see the spectacular colors of the deciduous trees. Expect to see bus loads of people enjoying the crisp fall New England weather.

Location - From Peterborough, travel north on US 202 about 1 mile turning right (east) onto Sand Hill Road. Follow a short distance until the road makes a sharp left then a sharp right and becomes Old Mountain Road where the NWR land begins.


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Report: Climbed the Marion Davis Trail beginning at the Miller State Park parking lot. Light snow cover with very hard, icy surface. Some sections with ice flows. Icy and windy on top. The stone shelter on the north side is a great place to get out of the wind. Came down the Wapack (south) trail back to the parking lot on 101. Even more icy on this side. Great views of Mt. Monadnock to the west. Although Crampons aren't an absolute must, in these conditions, they make the hike much more enjoyable. The rain tonight will surely melt some of the limited snow cover, but watch out for more ice when the cold air comes in after the storm.


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Contact Information:
Wapack National Wildlife Refuge, c/o Great Meadows NWR, Weir Hill Road , Sudbury, MA, 01776, Phone: 978-443-4661, Fax: 978-443-2898
, r5rw_gmnwr@fws.gov

Additional Information:
Miller State Park - Located on the 2,290-foot summit and flank of Pack Monadnock in Peterborough, Miller is the oldest state park in New Hampshire. A winding 1.3 mile paved road leading to the scenic summit is open for visitors to drive in summer and on spring and fall weekends. Picnicking and hiking are popular activities at the scenic mountain park.
New Hampshire National Wildlife Refuges - The U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife manage four wildlife refuges in New Hampshire including Great Bay, Wapack, John Hay and Lake Umbagog. Each refuge protects and manages biological diverse habitat while offering an educational and recreational opportunity to the public.

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