The Wantastiquet-Monadnock Trail (WMT) can now be hiked over it's whole length, from Brattleboro, Vt. to Mt. Monadnock in south-central New Hampshire, a distance of roughly 40 miles. With prominent features such as Mt. Wantastiquet, the Madame Sherri Forest, Pisgah State Park, the Horatio Colony Preserve, the Cheshire Rail Trail, and Gap Mountain, this trail, in whole or in parts, is well worth the effort. More information and maps can be found on this website. Inquires can also be directed through this website. The blue diamond bordered in white is the signature marking for the trail.
(Note: To start the trail from Brattleboro, cross the Route 119 bridge from downtown and take the first left onto Mountain Road. The trail begins from the small parking lot as you enter the woods. To start from Mt. Monadnock, follow the White Arrow Trail to the Royce Trail, follow this to the Metacomet-Monadnock Trail, which you then take over Gap Mountain to Troy. You will pick up the WMT at Troy Depot.)
The future oversight of this trail will be done by the recently formed Wantastiquet-Monadnock Trail Coalition. This group is made up of a number of various organizations and entities, all having some type of management interest in the trail (such as land ownership, conservation easement holding, "friends" group, etc.). Groups involved include the Appalachian Mountain Club, the Horatio Memorial Trust, the Society for the Preservation of New Hampshire Forest, the State of New Hampshire, the City of Keene, the Friends of Pisgah, the Monadnock Conservancy, Antioch New England, Pathways for Keene, Southwest Regional Planning, and conservation commissions from Chesterfield, Swanzey and Troy.
Here are some representative photos (also refer to blog of May 3, 2017 for a photo along the rail line from Keene to Troy). The first is Mine Ledge on Mt. Wantastiquet, the second is Indian Pond in the Madame Sherri Forest and the third is the celebration at the Horatio Colony trail head in Keene of the opening of the Keene Connector.