As Northeast hikers plan their hikes for the upcoming year, they have a new long-distance trail to consider.

Last year, the Wantastiquet-Monadnock Trail – a new 50-mile-long hiking trail running from the border of Brattleboro, Vermont to New Hampshire’s Mount Monadnock – was completed. The completion of the trail last spring was the culmination of more than a quarter century of work by trail advocates, who first began working on the trail back in 1990.

The trail connects two prominent mountains in southwestern New Hampshire, beginning at the base of 1,368-foot Mount Wantastiquet in Hinsdale, New Hampshire and ending at Mount Monadnock in Jaffrey, New Hampshire.

Along the way, the Wantastiquet-Monadnock Trail passes through such scenic areas as Bear Mountain, Pisgah State Park, the Horatio Colony Preserve, the Cheshire Rail Trail, Gap Mountain Reservation and Madame Sherri Forest.

To view section maps of the trail and to learn more information, visit

New Hampshire’s Wantastiquet Mountain. (Chesterfield Outdoors Photo)