Monadnock State Park – Jaffrey, NH

Monadnock State Park features Mt. Monadnock as it’s central feature.  Mt. Monadnock is the most-climbed mountain in North America and one of the most-climbed

Summit View from Mt. Monadnock

Summit View from Mt. Monadnock

mountains in the world.  On weekends it is a popular destination for people all over Southern New England and can get crowded.  However, it is one of the closest bigger mountains to Boston and a great place to take someone on their first ‘real hike’.  On a clear day the views from the top are expansive and you can enjoy views of three states.  The primary reason that people come to Mt. Mondadnock is to hike, however there are other activities that are available:

  • Picnicking: There are several picnic areas in this park.
  • Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing: With enough snow on the ground there is a significant network of trails for winter use.  There is a separate trail map for winter use.
  • Overnight camping: Monadnock State Park has complete facilities for overnight camping including sites, restrooms and showers.

Facilities, Fees and other information:

Monadnock State Park has overnight camping, showers and bathrooms for people who might want to stay the night there.  There is a fee for day use during the summer and the campgrounds are modestly priced.  For a summary of fees and other information check out the park website.  Camping is first-come, first-served from Labor Day to Memorial Day, from Memorial Day to Labor Day during the high season reservations are required and are available at the following link.

Location and directions:

Monadnock State Park is located in southwestern New Hampshire and a relatively easy drive from most of Metro Boston as well as much of eastern and central Massachusetts.  From Route 124 in Jaffrey Center there will be signs to the park.  You will go up Dublin Road to Poole Road to get the park headquarters.  The directions and coordinates are as follows:

116 Poole Rd.
Jaffrey, NH 03452
42.845443, -72.087041