Mount Washington State Park

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

Activities and Amenities

Hiking
Hiking
Historic Site
Historic Site
Learning Environments
Learning Environments
* interpretive programs, natural/biodiversity, scenic geology, museum tours
Park Store
Park Store
Pet-Friendly
Pet-Friendly
* some restrictions apply
Picnic Area
Picnic Area
Restrooms
Restrooms
* 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.

Operating Schedule

The Sherman Adams Building is closed for the season. If you hike up, you must be prepared and capable to hike down. There are no accommodations for hikers available on the summit and transportation down is not available. 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.

For the 2018 season, the Sherman Adams Summit Building at Mount Washington State Park will open when the Auto Road and Cog RR operate to the summit. This is expected to happen by Memorial Weekend at the latest (weather permitting). Please call the Auto Road at 603-466-2222 or Cog RR at 603-278-5404 for updates. The latest conditions and schedules can also be found on the Mt Washington Auto Road and Mt Washington Cog Railway websites. Season ending dates coincide with Auto Road and Cog RR closing dates.

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.