Mt. Washington State Park

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1598 Mt Washington Auto Road
Sargent's Purchase, NH

Phone: 603-466-3347

Mt. Washington State Park Visitor Center to open by reservation only starting July 18

To protect our visitors and Staff, we will open the Mt. Washington summit Sherman Adams Visitor Center by reservation only starting July 18. Reservations for entry into the Sherman Adams Building will be required of all guests; regardless if they arrived by the train, road, or hiking trails. Visitors to the State Park can still access the summit grounds and observation deck without a reservation.
To keep the building open is going to require the support of our partners and our visitors.  We want to be open and available to our guests but need to do so safely (masks will be required of guests and staff.) Reservations will be broken out into one-hour blocks, starting at 8:45 am with the last reservations from 5:45pm-6:45pm. Food service may be limited to packaged foods on certain days.  Indoor seating is available, but limited.
The Retail Shop and Food Service will be one way traffic only, credit cards are encouraged. (Visa, MasterCard, Discover).
While an entry fee will not be charged by NH Parks, there will be a non-refundable $1 transaction fee for each reservation. Portable toilets will be available outside the visitor center for those without reservations. A water filling station is available outside for hikers. 

Additional Visitor Center opening information

Make a reservation starting for July 18


Important note:
Reservation are only for the Mt. Washington State Park's Summit Visitor Center. Visit the Mt. Washington Auto Road ( or Cog Railway ( websites for tickets or information.

The Auto Road’s Summit Stage Office gift shop will be open, with dates and times varying.

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 Mount Washington State Park will be reopening on July 18, 2020 by reservation only. Please see link above for reservation information. The Tip Top House at Mount Washington State Park will be closed for the remainder of the 2020 season.

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.