Mt. Washington State Park

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1598 Mt Washington Auto Road
Sargent's Purchase, NH
Phone: 603-466-3347

Activities and Amenities

Mount Washington State Park, a 60.3-acre parcel perched on the summit of the Northeast's highest peak, is surrounded by the extensive 750,000-acre White Mountain National Forest. On a clear day, views from the 6,288-foot summit extend beyond New Hampshire as far as 130 miles to Vermont, New York, Massachusetts, Maine, Quebec, and the Atlantic Ocean.

The Sherman Adams building, a modern summit building, houses The Sherman Adams Visitor Center, a cafeteria, restrooms, gift shops, the Mount Washington Observatory and its museum. The historic Tip-Top House is located adjacent to the summit building.

Operating Schedule

The Sherman Adams Summit Building at Mt Washington State Park is now closed for the 2020 season. There will be no public access to facilities, restrooms, food services, or shelter at the summit. Transportation down the mountain will not be provided for any hikers so plan accordingly. 

For the most current weather conditions above tree-line refer to the higher summits forecast from the Mount Washington Observatory and for overall planning of hiking trips into the White Mountains refer to Hike Safe for information and advice with helpful links to public and private agencies. Should an emergency arise during your visit, please call 911 for assistance

This park is always open for recreation unless closed or restricted by posting. During off hours and the off-season the park is typically not staffed, comfort stations are not available and gates may be closed. The off-season poses unique risks inherent when participating in outdoor recreational activities. Please be aware that many State Park areas and trails are not staffed during the off-season, and day-use fees are not collected. Recreationists should possess the necessary knowledge, skill, and equipment to ensure their own safety. Users assume all risk while recreating in State Park lands. 

Are pets allowed at Mount Washington State Park?

Pets are permitted in the designated areas only:
  • Pets are not to be tied to entry area into Sherman Adams Building Visitor Center. In case of severe weather contact park ranger at information desk for directions to a sheltered area.
  • Pets are not allowed in concession and dining room areas
  • Pets are to be leashed and attended to at all times; owners are responsible for their pets' actions.
  • The Cog Railway has a strict 'no pets on trains' policy. Mt Washington Auto Road's Hiker Shuttle will transport pets at drivers discretion, if allowed the per person rate may be applied.
See the NH State Parks Pets Policy for more information.
 

The Tip Top House Historic Site

The Historic Tip Top House is located adjacent to the geological summit. Renovated in 1986 to simulate its first construction with period furnishings.

In 1853, the Tip Top House was the second stone house built on the summit. All materials were hauled nine miles on horses over rough trails from Randolph, N.H. Originally it was built as a competing hotel, but eventually was combined with the other as a dining room, barroom and parlor. As Access to the summit improved and the Tip Top House fell into disuse, it went through many operations through its life span, including a printing office for Among the Clouds newspaper. After being used to house employees and hikers, it was renovated into a historic site.

Tip Top House Information

Keep Your Parks Clean

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.

Access for Persons with Disabilities

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

Miller State Park is located on the 2,290-foot summit and flank of Pack Monadnock in Peterborough and is the oldest state park in New Hampshire. A winding 1.3-mile paved road leading to the scenic summit is open for visitors to drive. Three main hiking trails ascend Pack Monadnock to the summit. The best known is the Wapack Trail, which is a 21-mile footpath that extends from Mt. Watatic in Ashburnham, Massachusetts to North Pack Monadnock in Greenfield. It is believed Native Americans named the area's mountains, and that "pack" means little. On clear days views reach to Mount Washington, the skyscrapers of Boston, and the Vermont hills. 

Make a Reservation

Reserve a parking spot at Miller State Park (Starting March 12, Friday - Sunday only): 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. Note: Monday-Thursday will be normal off season conditions (unstaffed, no facilities, etc.)​. Auto road will be closed if it has snow or ice on it. 

Hiking Reservations

Parks Plate and Season Pass holders are also encouraged to make reservations. There will be a limited number of parking spaces set aside for plate/pass holders. There is a $1 non-refundalble online transaction fee. For more information visit our day-use reservation page.

Operating Schedule

*Operating dates and times are weather dependent and subject to change without notice.  For up to date hours, please call the park directly. 
Fees Dates Hours
Adults: (12 and older) $4
Children: (6-11) $2
Open March 12, 2021, Friday - Sunday 9am - 5pm 
This park is always open for recreation unless closed or restricted by posting. During off hours and the off-season the park is typically not staffed, comfort stations may not be available and gates may be closed. The off-season poses unique risks inherent when participating in outdoor recreational activities. Recreationists should possess the necessary knowledge, skill, and equipment to ensure their own safety. Users assume all risk while recreating in State Park lands.
 
Notice: Drone Use is Restricted
Drone use is restricted at all NH State Park. All drone operators must acquire a permit before flying over Pack Monadnock or within Miller State Park boundaries.