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.
- 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.
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.