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Monadnock State Park

116 Poole Road, Jaffrey, NH 03452
Phone: 603-532-8862

Gilson Pond Campground
585 Dublin Rd, Jaffrey, NH 03452
Phone:  603-532-2416

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Monadnock State Park is located in and around the 3,165-ft. Mount Monadnock. The park is surrounded by thousands of acres of protected highlands. In 1987, Mount Monadnock was designated a National Natural Landmark. The park offers year-round recreational opportunities.

Operating Schedule

Monadnock State Park is open year-round. Day use fees at staffed entrances are required daily (Adults: $5 & Children: $2). Camping fees are also required daily. The Old Toll Road will be staffed and visitor services will be provided starting on the weekend of April 14th. Day use fees will be required on days when the area is staffed. Please call Monadnock State Park with any questions. Services and camping will be available at the Gilson Pond Area/Campground beginning May 2nd.
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Recreationists should possess the necessary knowledge, skill, and equipment to ensure their own safety. Users assume all risk while recreating in State Park lands.

Spring Recreation at Monadnock State Park

Monadnock State Park offers hiking and camping. Springtime access to "back trails" may be limited and roadways may be closed or unsafe. Hikers interested in finding out what the conditions are prior to heading out can call the park directly at (603) 532-8862.

Spring Hiking Information

Springtime brings a change in wildlife, plant life, and other noticeable seasonal changes on the mountain. However, hikers should be prepared with appropriate gear and supplies for their climb. Bug spray can often be useful. Hikers should also bring at least 2 liters of water to stay properly hydrated. While the temperatures are warmer, colder temperatures can still be present on some days, especially at the top of the mountain. Hikers visiting in the Spring are encouraged to bring layers. In addition to appropriate colder weather clothing, hikers should be prepared through the Spring with sturdy hiking boots. Additional light traction may be useful in areas where snow and ice are still present. Spring is a particularly sensitive time of year for the hiking trails and the mountain is especially vulnerable to damage from poor hiking behaviors. Visitors should expect and be prepared to hike in the middle of the trails through areas of mud and puddles as well as patches of snow or ice. Hikers who attempt to avoid these sections will be forced to hike on the edges of or off trail, which tramples vegetation and loosens soil. The erosion process is significantly accelerated and the trails widen and further deteriorate. Help protect Mt. Monadnock by staying on trail.

Spring Camping

Monadnock State Park is open for camping year-round. Currently, all camping is at the Monadnock Headquarters Area. Family campsites are available only on a first come, first serve basis. Youth Groups camping must be arranged by reservation by calling Monadnock State Park directly.

The Gilson Pond Campground will re-open on May 2nd and family camping will be available at that area at that time. Out of state firewood is prohibited, but firewood is available to purchase at the park. Camping is only allowed in designated campsites. Camping on the mountain is against state law.

As we are still coming out of winter, running water is not yet available in the park. Campers should bring their water with them. The campground road is now open and campers can park at their campsites. Outhouses are available for use, but the flush toilet building is not yet opened. Call Monadnock State Park for more information: (603) 532-8862.

Canoe and kayak rentals are available.

Gilson Pond Campground Map    |  Gilson Pond Remote Sites Map 

Gilson Pond Campground Schedule:

Pre-season Full-Time Closing Office Hours Camping Rate Per Night
5/2 5/15 10/18 Sun-Thurs: 8am-6pm
Fri/Sat: 8am-10pm
$25 (no hook-ups)


Planning an Outing?

Monadnock State Park is a great location to hold a family reunion, corporate outing, and more. For more information, check out our Outings in State Parks page and see a complete listing and photos of all our State Park Pavilions and Group Use Areas.

Are pets allowed at Monadnock State Park?

Pets are not permitted in the park. Please note that this law includes all trails and areas on Mount Monadnock that are within Monadnock State Park boundaries. See the NH State Parks Pets Policy for more information.

Keep Your Parks Clean

Through the Carry-In/Carry-Out Program, you can help us keep your parks clean and beautiful by carrying out whatever you carry in. Thank you for your cooperation and remember to recycle.

Accessibility

Access for Persons with Disabilities

Please contact the park office directly for information regarding disability access needs.

The New Hampshire State Park Experience Blog

10/2/12      "Leaf Peeps and Trail Sweeps: Monadnock State park"
9/21/12      "And the Crescendo!"
9/4/12        "The Monadnock, Climbeth!"
8/30/12      "Star Trails Over Mt. Monadnock"
8/7/12        "Monadnock-nock. Who's there?"
7/10/12      "Monadnock State Park: 2012 A Hiking Odyssey"
7/6/12        "The Trail Less Traveled on Mt. Monadnock: Part 1"
7/6/12        "The Trail Less Traveled on Mt. Monadnock: Part 2"

Additional Resources/Information

Monadnock State Park Hiking Map 
Hike Safe
Monadnock-Sunapee Greenway Trail Information
Monadnock Ecological Research and Education
2003 Monadnock State Park Master Plan 
Monadnock State Park History 
Monadnock Headquarters Campground Map 
Gilson Pond Campground Map 
Gilson Pond Campground Remote Sites Map 
Visiting New Hampshire's Biodiversity: Mt. Monadnock Subalpine Rocky Bald

Live webcam of Mount Monadnock viewed from Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, NH. -
Keep in mind that the real-time weather readings on the bottom of the cam are being fed by the Silver Ranch Airport in Jaffrey, which is about 6-7 miles away from the base of the mountain. The weather readings do not apply to current conditions on Mt. Monadnock!!

Poem written by a recent hiker experiencing Mount Monadnock, spring 2010.



Interesting Fact

A magnet for hikers, Monadnock is said to be the world's third most climbed mountain, following Japan's Mount Fuji and China's Mount Tai.