Monadnock State Park

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169 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.

CAMPER NOTICE: Camping will transition to a primitive season starting 10/18 due to weather conditions. At that time, campers will no longer have access to flush toilets or potable water. Pit toilets will remain available.

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.

Make a Reservation

Foliage Season is our busiest time of year - make a reservation!
Visitors should make a reservation before arriving at the park as parking is limited (especially on nice weekends and holidays). Visitors who arrive without a reservation will be admitted on a first-come/first-serve basis. Space is limited and visitors will be turned away when the park is fully booked .

Reservations can be made prior to arrival and no later than 3pm on the day of your visit, though they often sell out a day or two before a weekend. Please plan ahead in the event the parking areas reach capacity. Visitors are not allowed to park elsewhere and walk into the park.

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  
>169 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.

Camping at Monadnock

Our campground operating schedule is as follows (dates approximate, weather dependent):

Summer, May 1st - October 16st.
  • 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.

Reserve Campsite at Gilson Pond

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.
  • Gilson Pond: closed for winter.

Reserve Campsite at Monadnock HQ

Reserve America Call Center: 1-877-647-2757

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.

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 Youth Group Campground Map  |  Monadnock Youth Group Campground Information/Policies
Notice: Drone Use is Restricted
Drone use is restricted at all NH State Park. Drone operators are not permitted take off or land within NH State Park boundaries.

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!!