Wantastiquet Mountain Natural Area

Location: 244 Mountain Road, West Chesterfield, NH  03466

Category: Hiking, Snowshoeing, Walking,

Whether you are up for a challenge or prefer a stroll, Wantastiquet’s 520-acre forest is the perfect place to take in nature and capture incredible views. A 35-foot winter runoff waterfall greets visitors at the entrance. Choose a 1-mile relatively flat path on the left that parallels the Connecticut River or ascend over 1,000 feet elevation gain up a 2-mile (one-way) fairly steep trail with multiple switchbacks on your right. Both routes are very popular with the locals and each offers wonderfully different experiences. The river path has several side paths to the west that lead to the river, some with accessibility to the water and it has another waterfall about a half mile down the path on the right. Extend your walk by passing the end of the trail and continuing for up to a mile on Mountain Road, a residential dirt road with gorgeous views of the Connecticut River. The Wantastiquet Mountain Summit Trail is rocky, technical in some parts, muddy in the spring, and quite wide for a hiking trail as it was a former quarry access road, and this makes it ideal for a group hike. It brings you to the top of a 1,335-foot mountain. The difficult effort comes with a great reward of a panoramic view of Brattleboro and the Connecticut River Valley. If you continue on the summit trail past the view point, and past a communications tower, it becomes the Mine Ledge Trail and leads to another spectacular view, likely with fewer people to share it with. From there, you can continue on the trail to Indian Pond and into Madame Sherri Forest.