Rhododendron State Park
|424 Rockwood Pond Rd
Fitzwilliam, NH 03447
Phone: 603-532-8862 (at Monadnock State Park)
Rhododendron State Park is named after the 16-acre grove of Rhododendron Maximum, which is the focal point of the park. A 0.6 mile-long universally accessible trail encircles the grove allowing visitors to observe, close up, the fragrant clusters of pink blossoms as they burst into bloom in mid-July.
A wildflower trail, maintained by the Fitzwilliam Garden Club, winds through the forest adjacent to the grove. From early spring to the first frost, wildflowers bloom throughout the 2,723-acre park. The last blooms in the fall are complemented by the forest's brilliant foliage. Visitors exploring the trails are often serenaded by song birds which live in the grove.
The rhododendron grove, which is the largest in northern New England, was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1982.
Rhododendron Bloom Report e-updates now available
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This park is always open for recreation unless closed or restricted by posting. During the off-season the park is typically not staffed and comfort stations are not available.
The off-season poses unique risks inherent when participating in outdoor recreational activities. Please be aware that many State Park areas and trails are not staffed during the off-season, and day-use fees are not collected. Recreationists should possess the necessary knowledge, skill, and equipment to ensure their own safety. Users assume all risk while recreating in State Park lands.
Are pets allowed at Rhododendron State Park?
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.
Access for Persons with Disabilities
Please contact the park office directly for information regarding disability access needs.
The New Hampshire State Park Experience Blog4/22/13 "Through the Rhododendron Tunnel"
7/12/12 "Mysteries in Rhododendron State Park"
Rhododendron Park and Little Monadnock Trail Maps
Rhododendron State Park Brochure
Visiting NH's Biodiversity: Rhododendron State Park