Monadnock State Park

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

Activities and Amenities

Camping

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.

Notice: In response to COVID-19, NH State Parks will be utilizing our online day use reservation system at Monadnock State Park. Visitors must make a reservation prior to arrival at the park and 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 9am the day of your visit. Please plan ahead in the event the parking areas reach capacity.

Pets Prohibited
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.


Fees and Passes

COVID-19 Information
NH State Parks and Recreation will be making some operational changes in response to COVID-19 and to remain in compliance with social distancing guidance released by the CDC and NH Department of Health and Human Services.  As part of these operational changes, NH State Parks will be utilizing our online day use reservation system at Monadnock State Park.  Visitors must make a reservation prior to arrival and 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 9am the day of your visit.

The main lot at park headquarters is open as well as the Old Toll Road. Parking spaces are limited to support social distancing and the safety of our staff and visitors. Once parking spaces are filled, visitors will be turned away. Parking along any road is not permitted and you may be subject to ticketing or towing if you violate parking restrictions. Dogs are not allowed.  Please plan ahead in the event the parking areas reach capacity.

Our intent is to follow social distancing guidelines as it relates to interaction between our parks staff and visitors. We welcome visitors and guests to enjoy the public areas at state parks and recreation areas, state forests and trails.

We recognize the importance nature has in helping to relieve stress during this time and are committed to ensuring our guests and staff continue to have a safe and memorable experience at our state parks.We urge you to practice effective social distancing and other measures to stop the spread of COVID-19 and keep you, your family and your community safe.

Parks License Plates, Season Passes and Discounts: Visitors with pre-paid or discounted access to a NH State Park are also encouraged to purchase a day use pass or parking pass reservation.

Pre-paid and discounted access includes: the State Park License Plate, Seasons Passes, New Hampshire Seniors, New Hampshire Seniors, New Hampshire National Guard, New Hampshire Disabled Veterans, and Active Military.

If you fall under any of these categories, you will be reimbursed when you get to the park and the refund will be applied back to the credit/debit card used to purchase your day use or parking pass. *There is a $1 non-refundalble online transaction fee.

If the tollbooth is unstaffed during the week: please email nhstateparkscamping@dncr.nh.gov for your reimbursement.

In the case that those with pre-paid or discounted access choose not to purchase a day use pass or parking pass reservation, we will be setting aside a limited number of parking spaces for pre-paid and discounted access based upon historical use while we work to update our reservation system to accommodate these visitors.

Reserve your Parking Day Pass:
You will now be able to purchase your parking day pass ahead of your visit and guarantee a parking space when you arrive at the park.
 
The $15.00 parking day pass fee covers the driver and occupants of the vehicle. The vehicle must be able to fit in 1 standard sized parking space with a maximum of 6 occupants.
 
Guests who qualify for a discount or complimentary entrance will be required to pay the $15 entrance fee online and the discount will be provided once verified on arrival at the park. The $1.00 transaction fee is non-refundable regardless if discount is applicable.

*At Monadnock, Miller and Winslow visitors must make a reservation prior to arrival at the park and 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 9am the day of your visit.

Reserve at Monadnock
Headquarters: 116 Poole Rd

(Access to main trails - White Dot and White Cross)
Reserve at Monadnock
Old Toll Rd: 9 Halfway House Rd

(Access to White Arrow - no direct access to White Dot)
 
Fee
Adults: $5
Children 6-11: $2
Children 5 and Under: Free
Online Parking Day Pass: $15 + $1 transaction fee ($15 fee includes admission for 6 occupants in one vehicle)

 

Operating Schedule

Monadnock 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 Park

The Gilson Pond Campground is currently closed. 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 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.

Reserve a campsite at Gilson Pond Campground through ReserveAmerica.

Gilson Pond Campground Schedule: 
Operating Dates Office Hours Camping Rate Per Night
TBD Call park for hours $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

Discover the Power of Parks Programming

Interpretive, nature-based programs will be offered at Monadnock State Park all summer long as part of the Discover Power of Parks. Programs will be presented by our SCA Interpretive Rangers in the park each week. Check out the Monadnock program schedule for more information. All programs are free with paid park admission. No pre-registration is required.

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.

Access for Persons with Disabilities

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


Live webcam of Mount 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!!