Crotched Mountain Knoll and Dutton Brook Trail

Greenfield, NH

Throughout its history, Crotched Mountain has been a unique resource for individuals with disabilities, their families and communities across New Hampshire and parts of Massachusetts, Maine and New York. Here on its Greenfield campus, Crotched Mountain operates a school for children with special needs, a rehabilitation hospital for people with brain injuries and other neurological impairments, outpatient clinics and residential support programs. Crotched Mountain is also a center for recreation programs and facilities that are accessible for everyone, including the Dutton Brook and Knoll Trails. Both trails have interpretive signs.

Viewing Information

The gradually graded trail to the Dutton Brook Wetland allows you to explore the woods and a beaver-created wetland. Evidence of past human uses can be seen along the stone walls and old foundations. Visit in the May and June and the air will be filled with the songs of a variety of birds both those that live here year round and those that spend their summer nesting here. In the woods listen for wood thrush, veery, red-eyed vireos, chickadees and nuthatches and while strolling around the wetlands, tree swallows, song sparrows and yellow-throated warblers are often heard. You might be lucky enough to spy evidence of beaver, mink, deer and moose.

The Knoll Trail offers great views of the surrounding area including fantastic vistas of Pack Monadnock and Mount Monadnock. Turkey vultures and red-tailed hawks are often seen in the summer and in September and October this is a fabulous place to watch for hundreds of migrating raptors like broad-winged hawks. The fields and shrubby areas are great places to look for indigo buntings and chestnut-sided warblers.

Directions

GPS – N 42 58.493 W 71.52.166

From the North:

Take 93 South to Concord and merge onto 89 North. Bear left at Exit 5 onto Routes 202/9 West, towards Henniker/Keene. At Hillsborough, follow Route 202 West towards Antrim/Peterborough. At Bennington, turn left onto Route 31 South into Greenfield. Turn left onto Crotched Mountain Road. Follow it almost to the end, where there is a parking lot to access both trails.

From the South:

North (East) on Route 202 to Route 136 in Peterborough, East on Route 136 to Greenfield, and turn left onto Route 31 North. Turn right onto Crotched Mountain Road. Follow it almost to the end, where there is a parking lot to access both trails.

From the East:

Take Route 3 North to Exit 8 for Route 101 West. In Wilton turn right onto Route 31 North towards Greenfield. In Greenfield turn right onto Route 31 North. Turn right onto Crotched Mountain Road. Follow it almost to the end, where there is a parking lot to access both trails.

From the West:

Take 91 to Route 9 East. In Keene go straight onto Route 101 East. In Peterborough, take Route 202 North to Route 136 towards Greenfield. Take 136 into Greenfield and turn left onto Route 31 North. Turn right onto Crotched Mountain Road. Follow it almost to the end, where there is a parking lot to access both trails.

Contact Us

Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center
1 Verney Drive
Greenfield, NH
info@crotchedmountain.org
(603) 547-3311

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