It has been said that Mt.
Monadnock is the second most hiked
mountain in the world after Mt. Fuji in Japan. Whatever the case
may be, if you look around the summit on a summer day, you'll see scores of
kids and adults enjoying the fine views from this very popular
peak. The top half of the mountain is characterized by big slabs
and boulders of rock that are fun to climb over. There are many
trails of varying levels of difficulty so there is something here for
is the centerpiece of the 5,000 acre Monadnock State Park.
There are 40 miles of hiking trails, a visitor center, a campground with 21
tent sites and 7 youth group sites, a camp store, bathrooms, and shower
facilities. The park is open year-round although services are limited
from November through April. Pets are not allowed.
word "monadnock" originally comes from the Abnacki Indian language
meaning "mountain that stands alone." Because Monadnock
"stands alone", views from the treeless summit stretch far into the
distance into surrounding states like Vermont
Boston and the White
Mountains are visible on a clear day.
forms one end of the roughly 50-mile Monadnock-Sunapee Greenway Trail. It is also the
terminus of the 117-mile Monadnock-Metacomet Trail.
rangers at the park's entrance and displays in the Monadnock Visitor
excellent information about the mountain. There is a small entrance fee for
people ages 6-64. For more information:
Monadnock State Park
Campground reservations through ReserveAmerica: (877) 647-2757