Miller State Park Utility Work
The long anticipated utility upgrade at Miller State Park is planned to begin the week of April 12, 2021. The work will include installing new power cables on existing and newly installed poles, which may require a temporary closure of the Wapack Trail at the Park where the trail crosses the utility corridor. Signage will be placed at the location where the trail and utility corridor intersect, at the summit, and in the park parking lot to notify hikers prior to the closure. The Marion Davis Trail will remain open throughout construction. The work will also include installing underground utilities at the summit. The summit access road will be closed to autos and hiking between April 15 and May 27. After May 28, 2021, pedestrian access from the Auto Road to the summit will be provided by a temporary trail bypassing the summit construction and connecting to the Marion Davis Trail.
Flaggers will be present to assist with the safe flow of traffic. Trucks and other equipment will be present in the parking lot and throughout the area as well. For the safety of your family and work crews, please do not approach the work zones.
Advisory: Beginning Wednesday, April 28, 2021, and continuing through Friday, April 30, 2021, crews will begin installing wire on new poles in the utility corridor adjacent to the Wapack Trail. The trail will not be closed, but hikers may experience a brief delay while wires are being installed directly over the trail. Flaggers will be present at the locations where the trail and utility corridor intersect to ensure hiker safety.
Please check this NH State Parks web page for details about the project and updates:
Construction updates and project information can also be found at: www.eversource.com/miller-state-park-project
Mud Season Has Arrived
Spring is here, and so is mud season. Snow and ice can hang on late into March and April on the Wapack especially at higher elevations and north facing slopes. Trails that are over saturated are vulnerable to damage from soil compaction and erosion with every footstep. Soil compaction degrades the quality of the trail by reducing its ability to absorb water, causing increased flooding later and making it harder for vegetation to grow. Erosion then carries the soil away, leaving rocks and roots exposed.
Even if there’s standing water or what appears to be a mud pit spanning its width, stay on the trail! Use rocks as “stepping stones” wherever you can, and even though you may be tempted, DON’T walk on the side of the trail. This just loosens the soil on the edge, causing further erosion and inevitably a larger mud hole. Better yet. Stay off the trail until things dry out.
Limited Parking at Mt. Watatic
Both sides of MA Route 119 have been posted as no parking near the Mt. Watatic trail head parking lot. There is limited parking in the designated lot, which may be gated. The parking lot is part of Ashburnham State Forest, which is managed by DCR out of their nearby Headquarters at Willard Brook State Forest. You can contact them with questions at (978) 597-8802 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
During this time of personal distancing due to Covid-19, it is suggested by many outdoor organizations that we avoid busy trail heads and hike local, quieter trails.
Miller State Park Access and Reservations
Due to COVID-19, NH State Parks is implementing a reservations system. For the latest information about access to Miller State Park and other State Parks, visit the NH State Parks Response to COVID-19 page.
Page last updated April 16th, 2021.