Reservations are Highly Recommended
(Visitors will be turned away when park is full)
About the Park
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.
Which Trailhead Should You Choose?
- Monadnock HQ: Main trails - Most direct route to the top.
- Old Toll Road: Access to many side-trails and alternative destinations.
- Gilson Pond: Longer hike for those more interested in solitude than in getting to the top.
See graphic below and the Monadnock Hiking Map for more help in choosing a trailhead.
Our campground operating schedule is as follows (dates approximate, weather dependent):
Open May 2024 (primitive camping available April) see reservation link for updates.
- Monadnock HQ: youth group camping only, reservations made through call center only.
- Gilson Pond Campground: all family camping, reservations made online or through call center.
Winter, November 1st - April 30th:
- Monadnock HQ: all sites allow for family camping, reservations can be made online or via call center. Youth group camping is available, reservations made via call center only, see below.
- Gilson Pond: closed for winter.
Gilson Pond Campground Map, Information & Policies
Gilson Pond Remote Campground Map, Information & Policies
Monadnock HQ Campground Map, Information & Policies
Youth group camping reservations at Monadnock HQ can be made via call center only.
Reserve America Call Center: 1-877-647-2757
Out of state firewood is prohibited, but firewood is available to purchase at the Park stores. Camping is only allowed in designated campsites. Camping is not allowed on the mountain as it is against state law.
Youth Group Camping
Let NH State Parks set the stage for your group’s next adventure.
Youth Group reservations for Greenfield, Moose Brook, Monadnock HQ, Pawtuckaway and Pillsbury State Parks can be made through ReserveAmerica by calling 1-877-647-2757. All other youth group reservations are made by calling Concord Headquarters at 603-271-3556 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
A $25 deposit will be required upon reservation, all additional fees will be collected at the park upon check-in. All Camping policy rules apply to youth group camping. Youth Groups camping at remote sites, Umbagog, or Dry River must pay in full prior to arrival.
For More information, please visit our School & Youth Group Page.
Group Use Reservations
For information on this parks pavilion rental please visit Pavilions & Group Use page.
Youth Group Day Use
Youth and School Groups must call the park directly at least 2 weeks prior to arrival to make reservations before visiting. The Bus Pass Program is available for NH youth organizations that meet the program criteria (for more information and applications, please visit BUS PASS PROGRAM.)
Groups that do not meet the qualification for the Bus Pass Program are eligible to receive a discounted rate. For More information, please visit our School & Youth Group Page.
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.
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.
Keep Your Parks Clean
Access for Persons with Disabilities
Visit our Accessibility page. For more information on specific accessibilty needs or questions, please contact the individual park office directly.
Click here to view a live webcam of Mt 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!!
Forest Society and NH State Parks Monadnock Trails Week 2022
Monadnock State Park Hiking Map
Monadnock Nordic Ski Trails Map
Monadnock-Sunapee Greenway Trail Information
Monadnock Ecological Research and Education
2003 Monadnock State Park Master Plan
Monadnock State Park History
Visiting New Hampshire's Biodiversity: Mt. Monadnock Subalpine Rocky Bald
Monadnock Climbers Association
Wantastiquet-Monadnock Trailway Coalition