The Monadnock-Sunapee Greenway Trail is 51 miles long and runs from Mount Monadnock north to Mount Sunapee. The trail was constructed by the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests and the AMC and is currently maintained by The Monadnock-Sunapee Greenway Trail Club. The club has published a trail guide book and map - go to www.msgtc.org.
The trail crosses over a significant number of roads and over more than 80 private landowner's properties. Please be respectful of private property, Pack in - Pack out, and take only pictures. Because of the large number of road crossings this trail is perfect broken up into day hikes and there are 6 approved campsites along the trail so it's also perfect for a through hike. Take your pick and enjoy a small piece of southern New Hampshire.
Section Two - Route 101 through Nelson Village to Route 9
This section of the Greenway features Eliza Adams Gorge, Nelson Village, several ponds and reservoirs, and there is camping at Spiltoir Campsite.
Start off heading north from Route 101 on an old logging road. You will reach the Spiltoir campsite in 0.7 miles. There is a tent platform and a pit toilet. Pack In - Pack Out. All water along the Greenway must be sterilized. No fires are allowed and no other camping is allowed on this section. Please respect the wishes of the landowners.
The trail continues north through some hardwoods and then into a Hemlock stand. As you come up to Howe Reservoir, you'll descend into Eliza Gorge via a series of steep switchbacks. There is a bridge here to cross over, but in high spring water, there is a possibility that the water is running above the bridge. Be careful! You'll climb out of the gorge on an old logging road and continue north to the junction of Brown Road at 1.6 miles. Head west (that's left for the directionally challenged) on Brown Road for just a couple hundred yards and head north (right) again onto a gravel road. Follow the blazes carefully here. You'll pass a picnic area - it's private - you can't stop here - sorry. Turn left off this road onto another old road that is lined by old stone walls. You'll cross a small stream and come out on Seaver Road at 2.1 miles. Head north (left) on Seaver Road and you'll come to Chesham Road at 2.3 miles. Continue on Seaver Road for about a mile. There is a vista looking back south of Monadnock at an open pasture around the 3.0 mile mark. Go by Silver Lake and take the right fork in the road. Just before Silver Lake Road take a right onto a gravel driveway, go 80 yards, and turn left onto an old logging road. You'll go through a nice little hardwood stand and then a pine stand and cross-over the Nelson-Harrisville Road at 4.5 miles. There are some nice stone walls in the next mile. You'll get to Cabot Road at 5.5 miles and head north (left) on the road. Follow the road to Tolman Pond Road at 6.5 miles and bear left onto Tolman Pond Road. At the 6.9 mile mark you will head north (right) onto the Nelson-Harrisville Road. You'll go through the village of Nelson and take a right on Log Cabin Road at the village green. Log Cabin Road deteriorates after the last house. Continue on - this is the trail. You'll come to an old beaver pond and a bog area with some foot bridges that is usually flooded in the spring. Wear Gore-Tex boots! The last bit of this section is uphill and crosses Route 9 at 9.75 miles. This is the end of this section - but to continue on the Greenway - go through a culvert under Route 9, up the embankment and left on Nye Road.
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Begin: The Route 101 crossing is 4 miles west of the fire station in Dublin and 4 miles east of the junction of 101 and 124 in Marlborough. Park on the south side of 101.
End: The Route 9 crossing is 1.4 miles east of Munsonville and 4.2 miles west of the junction of Route 9 and Route 123. Park near the highway garage on the south side of the road.
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