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New trail links downtown to Pack Monadnock summit

April 1, 2010 | Keene, NH
New trail links downtown to Pack Monadnock summit

The view of Pack Monadnock as seen from the Cranberry Meadow Pond Trail in Peterborough, N.H./ Photo by Dick Jenkins


Contact: Katrina Farmer- Communications Associate

KEENE, N.H. — A new, public hiking trail recently opened in Peterborough, N.H.: the Cranberry Meadow Pond Trail. Now you can walk from downtown Peterborough directly to the summit of Pack Monadnock, following in part this 3.4-mile path that passes wetlands, a cascading stream, a secret pond, hemlock glades, and mature hardwoods.

The trail is the first major public construction project by the Monadnock Conservancy.

Conservancy stewardship manager Emily Hague and local forester Swift Corwin led the efforts to clear, build, and mark the trail. The trail had long been a dream of Corwin’s. The idea took root when then-Conservancy executive director Richard Ober began working with the Coney Partners on a conservation easement. The Coney Partners saw the potential for a recreational corridor, using their land as a major building block. Nearby private landowners who supported the vision, some of whom already had donated conservation easements to the Conservancy and other land trusts, allowed the trail to cross their properties. These landowners include Carl & Margrit Bosk, Arthur Eldredge, Dick & Judy Fernald, Cy & Joyce Gregg, Rob & Kathy Maclaurin, Brad & Sharon Malt and Grant Monahon.

The Monadnock Conservancy also partnered with the Town of Peterborough. The town provided labor for trail work and built the parking area on East Mountain Road.

A trail map is now available for download at

The Monadnock Conservancy, founded in 1989, is the only land trust dedicated exclusively to the 35 towns of the Monadnock Region in southwestern New Hampshire. Its mission is to identify, promote and actively seek protection of significant natural, aesthetic and historic resources in the area; and to monitor and enforce the protection of lands in the trust. Based in Keene, N.H., the Conservancy has protected more than 14,000 acres of forest, farmland, shoreline, wetlands, wildlife habitat and miles of public recreation trails in the Region. For more information, visit or call (603) 357-0600.


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