The Monadnock Conservancy and local forester Swift Corwin worked with private landowners to create the 2.6-mile Cranberry Meadow Pond Trail—a key missing link in their vision for a town-to-summit trail from downtown Peterborough to the Pack Monadnock summit.
Cranberry Meadow Trail links with the Raymond Trail for a moderately strenuous 4.5-mile town-to-summit hike. Many hikers choose a shorter option: Cranberry Meadow Trail from Old Street Road to East Mountain Road, 2.2-miles along wetland and winding brook, through hemlock and oak forests. That section is on private properties courtesy of the landowners. Accordingly, please stay on the trail. A trail guide is available and posted at the kiosk on Old Street Road. In 2021 the boardwalks were rebuilt (see the photo above).
Directions to the East Mountain Road parking area: from the intersection of state Route 101 and state Route 202 in Peterborough, follow state Route 101 2.2 miles. Turn left onto Cunningham Pond Road. Continue about 1.3 miles. At the T‐intersection, turn left onto East Mountain Road and continue 0.4 miles. The parking area is on the right.
Photo by Allen Norcross