Mount Washington State Park

Mount Washington State Park
1598 Mt Washington Auto Rd
Sargent's Purchase, NH
Phone: 603-466-3347

Activities and Amenities

Historic Site
Historic Site
Learning Environments
Learning Environments
* interpretive programs, natural/biodiversity, scenic geology, museum tours
Park Store
Park Store
* some restrictions apply
Picnic Area
Picnic Area
* pit toilet or bathhouse
Scenic Overlook
Scenic Overlook
* vehicular access
Flush Toilets
Flush Toilets

Mount Washington State Park, a 60.3-acre parcel perched on the summit of the Northeast's highest peak, is surrounded by the extensive 750,000-acre White Mountain National Forest. On a clear day, views from the 6,288-foot summit extend beyond New Hampshire as far as 130 miles to Vermont, New York, Massachusetts, Maine, Quebec, and the Atlantic Ocean.

The Sherman Adams building, a modern summit building, houses The Sherman Adams Visitor Center, a cafeteria, restrooms, gift shops, the Mount Washington Observatory and its museum. The historic Tip-Top House is located adjacent to the summit building.

NOTE: The park is closed from November - April. Hikers should note: there are no public buildings open, no shelter, no food/water, no rides down. Hikers should be prepared to hike back down. Also note: daylight is short, trails are slippery with ice and snow and the mountain should not be attempted by novice hikers this time of year.

MWSP is opening the Sherman Adams Summit Building for weekends starting May 2&3rd 9am to 4 pm.

Restrooms, water, dining room and cafeteria available with limited services. No hiker shuttle or rides down for hire from summit available. Sherman Adams Building will open 7 days a week for the season around mid May weather permitting. 

Cog RR operating weekends thru Memorial weekend. Auto Road open to just above tree line this weekend and to summit in another week or so. Please visit the Mt Washington Auto Road and Mt Washington Cog Railway on the web for latest conditions and schedules.

Operating Schedule

Mt. Washington State Park, Sherman Adams Summit Building, is open daily and operating hours areas follows:

  • May 2 to May 11 - Weekends only  - 10am to 4pm
  • May 17 (or when Auto Road opens daily) to September 7 - 8:30 am to 6 pm
  • September 7 to September 14 - 8:30 am to 5:30 pm
  • September 14 to September 28 - 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
  • September 28th to season end - 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
The Cafeteria and Gift shop is open daily, operating hours are as follows:
  • May 17 to June 6 - 10:00 am to 4 pm
  • June 7 to June 21 - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • June 22 to September 7 - 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • September 8 to season end - 10:00 am to 4 pm
Note: Season ending dates coincide with Auto Road and Cog RR closing dates.

Tip Top House Historic Site is open daily at 10 am to 4 pm from Memorial Day Weekend to Columbus Day.  It is closed on days with snow, rain and winds over 70mph.
*Operating dates and times are subject to change without notice. For up to date hours, please call the park directly.

If you hike up, you must be prepared and capable to hike down, as there are no overnight accommodations.

For the most current weather conditions above tree-line refer to the higher summits forecast from the Mount Washington Observatory and for overall planning of hiking trips into the White Mountains refer to Hike Safe for information and advice with helpful links to public and private agencies. Should an emergency arise during your visit, please call 911 for assistance.

This park is always open for recreation unless closed or restricted by posting. During off hours and the off-season the park is typically not staffed, comfort stations are not available and gates may be closed. 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 Mount Washington State Park?

Pets are permitted in the designated areas only:

  • Pets are not to be tied to entry area into Sherman Adams Building Visitor Center. In case of severe weather contact park ranger at information desk for directions to a sheltered area.

  • Pets are not allowed in concession and dining room areas
  • Pets are to be leashed and attended to at all times; owners are responsible for their pets' actions.
  • The Cog Railway has a strict 'no pets on trains' policy. Mt Washington Auto Road's Hiker Shuttle will transport pets at drivers discretion, if allowed the per person rate may be applied.
  • Pet owners need to carry proof of current rabies vaccination.
See the NH State Parks Pets Policy for more information.


The Tip Top House Historic Site

The Historic Tip Top House is located adjacent to the geological summit. Renovated in 1986 to simulate its first construction with period furnishings.

In 1853, the Tip Top House was the second stone house built on the summit. All materials were hauled nine miles on horses over rough trails from Randolph, N.H. Originally it was built as a competing hotel, but eventually was combined with the other as a dining room, barroom and parlor. As Access to the summit improved and the Tip Top House fell into disuse. It went through many operations through its life span, including a printing office for Among the Clouds newspaper. After being used to house employees and hikers it was renovated into a historic site.

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.