Monadnock State Park
|116 Poole Road, Jaffrey, NH 03452
Gilson Pond Campground
585 Dublin Rd, Jaffrey, NH 03452
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 ScheduleMonadnock State Park is open year-round. Day use fees at staffed entrances are required daily. 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.
Recreationists should possess the necessary knowledge, skill, and equipment to ensure their own safety. Users assume all risk while recreating in State Park lands.
Hikers interested in finding out what the conditions are prior to heading out can call the park directly at (603) 532-8862.
Camping at Monadnock State ParkThe Gilson Pond Campground open from May 1st to October 31st. Campground office hours at Gilson Pond are from 8am-6pm Monday-Thursday and 8am-10pm Friday-Sunday. Out of state firewood is prohibited, but firewood is available to purchase at the park.
Youth Group camping is only available at Monadnock HQ and must be arranged by reservation by calling 1-877-647-2757 for stays between Memorial Day and Columbus Day. Off season youth group camping reservations can be made by calling Monadnock State Park directly.
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.
Reserve a campsite at Gilson Pond Campground through ReserveAmerica.
Gilson Pond Campground Schedule:
||Camping Rate Per Night |
|$25 (no hook-ups)|
Gilson Pond Campground Map | Gilson Pond Campground Information/Policies
Gilson Pond Remote Campground Map | Gilson Pond Remote Campground Information/Policies
Monadnock Headquarters Campground Map
Family camping from October 28th through the winter and early Spring is available at Monadnock Headquarters on a first come, first serve basis only.
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 CleanThrough 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 DisabilitiesPlease contact the park office directly for information regarding disability access needs.
The New Hampshire State Park Experience Blog10/2/12 "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/InformationMonadnock State Park Hiking Map
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
written by a recent hiker experiencing Mount Monadnock, spring 2010.
Interesting FactA 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.