Monadnock State Park

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116 Poole Road
Jaffrey, NH 03452
Phone: 603-532-8862

Activities and Amenities


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.

Make a Reservation

Reservations are now required to hike at Monadnock State Park: Visitors should make a reservation before arriving at the park as parking is limited. Visitors who do not make a reservation will be turned away. When planning a visit, reservations must be made prior to the arrival and no later than 5pm the day of your visit. Please plan ahead in the event the parking areas reach capacity.

Parking Day Pass Fee: $15 + $1 transaction fee
($15 fee includes admission for 6 occupants in one vehicle)

A parking pass reservation to hike Monandnock guarantees a parking spot when your arrive at the park. Pick a trailhead button below to make a reservation. 

Monadnock HQ Reservations  
>116 Poole Rd (Access to main trails - White Dot and White Cross)
Old Toll Road Reservations  
>9 Halfway House Rd (Access to White Arrow - no direct access to White Dot)
Gilson Pond Reservations  
>585 Dublin Rd (No access to White Dot or White Cross - 6 hour hike)

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.

Operating Schedule

Monadnock State Park is open year-round. Parking reservations are required for hikers daily. Camping fees are also required daily. The Old Toll Road is currently staffed and visitor services are provided. 

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.

Notice: Pets Are Prohibited
Pets are not permitted at Monadnock State 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.
Notice: Drone Use is Restricted
Drone use is restricted at Monadnock State Park. All drone operators must acquire a permit before flying over Mount Monadnock or within Monadnock State Park boundaries. 

Camping at Monadnock

The Gilson Pond Campground is currently open. Out of state firewood is prohibited, but firewood is available to purchase at the park.

Reserve a Campsite

Youth Group camping is only available at Monadnock HQ and must be arranged by reservation by calling the Reserve America Call Center at 1-877-647-2757 for stays between 5/1 and 11/1. 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.

Gilson Pond Campground Schedule: Camping Rate Per Night
June 4 - October 25 $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 Youth Group Campground Map  |  Monadnock Youth Group Campground Information/Policies

Access for Persons with Disabilities

Please contact the park office directly for information regarding disability access needs.

Monadnock Webcam

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!!