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. There are 40 miles of maintained foot trails, many of which lead to the bare rock summit through unique alpine vegetation. Unsurpassed 100-mile views to points in all six New England states are the reward for a climb. The Monadnock Visitor Center offers interesting exhibits on various aspects of the park's history, ecology, trails and trail information and maps are posted near the Visitor Center. Remember, there are no facilities available on the mountain. Monadnock State Park offers a great winter experience. Approximately 12 miles of the trail system in the lower elevations offers ski touring for the experienced cross country skier. Camping services are limited after the close of the reservation season - pit toilets are open during the winter, but water and firewood are not always available, and the campground road is not plowed. New! The first new campground in the NH State Park System in over 40 years has opened at Gilson Pond Campground! This new family camping area opened July 9, 2010 at Monadnock State Park and is located just down the road from the park headquarters area at 585 Dublin Road, Jaffrey, NH 03452. The new campground has 35 campsites that can accommodate tents and pop-ups plus 5 remote hike-to sites. A new bathhouse with showers and playground complete this facility. There are several trails leaving the area that lead to the summit of Mount Monadnock or shorter hikes around the state park. Reservations are being accepted through ReserveAmerica for Gilson Pond Campground, the headquarters camping area is no longer available for family camping.

hiking
17 hours ago

great for the way down :-). still steep at some points but also nice walking down.

Very trafficked but beautiful especially in the fall

hiking
6 days ago

Great trail top to bottom. The lower section of the trail is pretty easy and uneventful, once you get about half way up there are a few low angle rock scrambles that can be tricky when wet. There are a number of vista points along the way. The summit is open rock above tree line with views of Mount Rosa and the Pack Monadnocks. The Dublin trail has almost no crowds but once you reach the summit there will be a fair amount of people. The Dublin trail is great for first timers since it is the easiest way up. Hiking shoes are a must for the rocks, bug spray is recommended

did a night hike via Dublin trail. short one with a slope increasing toward the end. absolutely recommend for a night hike. trail marks are frequent and glowing at night. decided to do it on an almost full-moon night, but the green(dark?) tunnel won't pass any light through. it will take you a bit longer than the normal one hour. it is was more slippery than I expected. I guess it's not a good idea to do it at night during winter time. don't let the temperature fool you, the wind makes it feel way colder than that

much less crowded and beautiful woods at the start. still lots of hiking with a view, but not as exposed as some of the other trails. All in all a great little hike!

Loved this hike! Very well marked trail through fairly open woods is very pretty and peaceful. Stony trail with tree roots steadily climbs; transitions to mostly easy ledge rock about halfway, however some are steeper and you have to carefully choose your path. Slippery when damp or wet! The trees thin out starting at 3/4mi from the summit and beautiful vistas come into view. The last approx. 1/4mi to the summit is open ledge with gorgeous views all around; birds, rain puddles, and alpine wildflowers in small protected nooks are delightful. The wind was very gusty at the summit but the 360° view was amazing! Lots of people there as several trails lead up. The Dublin trail was very quiet in comparison. One couple alerted us that they had seen a black bear in the lower woods, moving away from the trail, so bear spray is advisable. Fantastic day hike

on White Cross Trail

hiking
26 days ago

Way steeper and rockier than I expected, which I actually enjoyed. Definitely a bit of a challenge. Took 1:40 to get to the top. Excellent 360° views. Took White Cross down.

Very nice 360 degree view! Challenge steep trail.

Great hike on a very nice trail. We picked the trail less traveled and that's what it was. Very few people on the trail. When we got to the summit there were hundreds of people there most of whom must have come up the south side. If you want less traffic on the trail this is the way to go. Vistas along the way were beautiful as well as the view from the summit. Boston was visible to the east. Awesome!