The historic Wapack Trail runs through the Binney Hill Wilderness Preserve. This 21.5 mile trail was created in 1923 Marion Davis of New Ipswich, NH, Allen Chamberlain, and Frank Robbins of Rindge, NH. The skyline trail runs from Mt. Watatic to North Pack Monadnock–the origins of the trail’s portmanteau name.
Though the trail was used by many in its early days, it fell into disrepair by World War II. The rebirth of the Wapack Trail was led by the Friends of the Wapack, founded in 1980. Although the Friends rehabilitated the trail and helped it regain popularity, much of it remained vulnerable to development, without any legal protection.
Over the years, protections have been pieced together along Wapack Trail to safeguard both habitat and access, but there is still work to be done. The Wilderness Trust has been a part of rewilding and protecting the land surrounding the trail through the Binney Hill Wilderness Preserve, its Sawtelle Addition (below), and the Wapack Wilderness easement on 1,428 acres.