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 camp sites 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 Three ? Route 9 past Center Pond to Route 123
This section passes the NH Audubon Society?s Nye Meadow Refuge, has a side trail to the SPNHF Daniel Upton Forest which has a great blue heron rookery, and goes by Center Pond and Andorra Forest.
There is camping in this section just south of Center Pond at the Crider Forest Shelter (a three sided shelter.)There is a little spur trail, about 0.2 miles long, to get to it. Watch for the sign. 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.
Go through a culvert under Route 9, up the embankment and left on Nye Road. To your right is Nye Meadow Refuge. At the 0.5 mile mark there is a road off to the right which is a little loop around Nye Meadow Refuge. The first mile and a half of this section is up hill. When you reach height-of-land, which is Dakin Hill, there will be a side trail off to your right which is an out and back to Upton Forest. This will add 2 miles to your hike. Plan accordingly! It is worth it to see the rookery! From the Upton Trail intersection continue north on the Greenway and reach the spur trail to the shelter in about a half mile. Continue north and pass by Center Pond on your left. You will actually be on Center Pond Road as you skirt the eastern shore of the pond and then have a short, steep incline and you?ll take a left (west) onto a gated driveway. Go by the house a short bit and watch for the sign off to your right. Take this path to your right. You have just entered Andorra Forest! Enjoy the next 2 miles! This is a really nice, well managed block of forest. Enjoy hiking past several streams, some small cascades, large white pines, blueberry fields, stone walls, and a ridge with a vista of Pitcher Mountain. After the blueberry field you?ll bear right through the woods and end up at the Pitcher Mountain Parking Lot on Route 123.
Begin: 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.
End: The Route 123 crossing is at Pitcher Mountain parking lot. It is 4.5 miles north of the junction of Route 9 and Route 123 and it is 3.1 miles south of the junction of Route 123 and Route 10.
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