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Monadnock State Park
Phone: 603-532-8862

Location: Off Route 124, Jaffrey

Activities: Camping, hiking, picnicking

Amenities: Monadnock State Park Campground has flush toilets, running water, firewood, and a camp store located in the campground area. Showers are available.

Fees: (Day Use)

The park is open year-round, with recreational use during daylight hours only.

Admission is $4 for adults; $2 for children ages 6-11; children ages 5 and under and NH residents age 65 and over are admitted free.

Camping Fees and Information:

Camping Rates are $23 per night (no hookups)

Rates cover two adults and two children on the site. Each additional adult and each additional child is charged an additional fee per night. The maximum number of adults per site is 4, except in designated areas.

The quiet camping area at the base of Mount Monadnock has 28 campsites. Ten of the sites are by reservation only; 7 are for youth group reservations; and 11 are for first-come/first-served campers.

Even though Monadnock is considered to be one of the most climbed mountains in the world, there are typically available first-come/first-served peaceful campsites open in the campground. We encourage you to call the park directly at 603-532-8862 to check on campsite availability regardless of reservations.

Camping Reservations: New Hampshire State Parks has partnered with ReserveAmerica to offer our guests a high quality reservation service. The dedicated toll-free number to call to make a reservation through the ReserveAmerica Call Center is 1-877-nhparks (1-877-647-2757).

Youth and Older Adults: Organized youth group camping is popular at Monadnock State Park. Reservations for youth group camping are required and may be made by calling the Reservation Office at 603-271-3556.

Operation Schedule: The campground is open year-round, however, services are limited after October 1.

Acreage: over 5,000 acres

Number of Campsites: 21 sites and 7 youth group sites

Pets: Pets are not permitted in the park or on the mountain.


More Information: Day-Use
With its 5,000 acres of protected highlands, 3,165-foot Mt. Monadnock was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1987. There are forty miles of clearly marked foot trails, many of which lead to the bare rock summit through unique alpine vegetation. Unsurpassed 100 mile views to points in all six New England states are the reward for a climb. A magnet for hikers, Monadnock is said to be the second most frequently climbed mountain in the world, after Japan's Mt. Fuji. Approximately 14 miles of the trail system in the lower elevations offers ski touring for the experienced cross country skier.

The main trail up Monadnock starts at the end of a paved road. Trail information and maps are posted near the visitor center at the start of the trail. The Monadnock Visitor Center offers interesting exhibits on various aspects of the park's history, ecology and trails. Monadnock State Park is a carry in - carry out park site. Please carry home what you carry in. Remember there are no facilities available on the mountain. Pets are not allowed in the park or on the mountain.

History
Monadnock, which comes originally from the Abnacki Native American word for mountain that stands alone, is now a standard geological term for any singular mountain that rises above the surrounding plain. This area has a rich cultural history and a tradition of providing inspiration for the works of Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Mark Twain and Abbott Thayer. The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, the state's oldest nonprofit conservation organization, founded in 1901, is the major landowner on Mt. Monadnock. It holds more than 3,500 acres in the public interest. The Monadnock acquisition program, begun in 1910, is still continuing. Lands on Monadnock are leased to the state for management purposes.

Camping
The quiet camping area at the base of Mt. Monadnock has 28 tent sites. There are flush toilets, running water, firewood and a camp store located in the campground area. Showers are available. The campground is open year-round, however, services are limited from November through March. Pit toilets are open during the winter, but water and firewood are not always available, and the campground road is not plowed. Reservations for campsites may be made by calling the Reservation Center staff at 603/271-3628, Monday through Friday, January through mid-October. At least half the sites are kept available for those campers that prefer camping on a first come - first serve basis.

Group-Use
Organized youth group camping is popular at Monadnock State Park. Reservations for youth group camping are required and may be made by calling 603-271-3556.

Important: This information was posted June 24, 2008 and all information, services and fees are subject to change.