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State and Federal Parks in the Monadnock Region

Annett State Park
Annett State Park
(Rindge, NH - Rt. 119). Open and shaded picnic sites near the non-sectarian Cathedral of the Pines national Shrine. Free admission.
Bear Den Natural Area
(Gilsum, NH - Route 10 South). A short walk to ancient glacial pot holes and a bit further to ledges that may have once been a denning area for bears.
Chesterfield Gorge State Park
Chesterfield Gorge State Park
(Chesterfield, NH - Rt. 9). Wilderness loop trail winds along a glacial stream. The loop is ¾ mile long and follows Wilde Brook, returning to the park. It's an easy hike and is located conveniently along Route 9. Picnic area at entrance to trail. Volunteers staff Park Visitor Center, which houses a logging tool collection and displays about local mammals. Open weekends. Free admission. (603) 239-8153.
Greenfield State Park
Greenfield State Park
(Greenfield, NH - off Rt. 136). 401 acres on Otter Lake with completely separated areas for campers and day visitors. Waterfront area includes swimming. Large picnic grounds for families and organized groups. Campground of 252 tent sites, separate beach, nature trails. Snowmobiling and XC skiing. (603) 547-3497. Admission charged.
Miller State Park
Miller State Park
(Peterborough, NH - Rt. 101). Auto road and hking trails to the summit of Pack Monadnock (part of Wapack Trail) with views as far as Boston. Picnic areas available. Admission charged.
Monadnock State Park
(Jaffrey, NH). The most climbed mountain in North America offers spectacular views of the surrounding countryside and all six New England states from its 3,165-foot rocky summit. Fourty miles of trails provide varying degrees of challenge for hikers of all ages and skill levels. Average round-trip hike is three to four hours. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy a scenic lunch along the way to the top. Camping and cross-country skiing are available at the park. Admission charged. Pets not permitted. (603) 532-8862.
Otter Brook Dam and Lake
Otter Brook Dam and Lake
(Roxbury, Keene, NH ). Picnic and swimming. Sandy beach and lawns at this man-made lake. Admission charged.
Pierce Island State Park
(Spofford Lake, NH). Actually a 5-acre island approximately ¼ mile from state boat landing, Piercr Island is densely wooded with Hemlock. Free admission. No facilities.
Pisgah State Park
Pisgah State Park
(Chesterfield, Hinsdale, Winchester, NH - entrances off Rtes. 9, 10, 63 and 119). A 13,500-acre wilderness area which offers hiking, hunting and fishing, and in winter ski touring and snowmobiling. Parking and maps at all six major trailheads. Access by car, mountain bicycle, ATV and snowmobile as designated on trail maps. No camping or fires allowed. Free admission. (603) 239-8153.
Rhododendron State Park
Rhododendron State Park
(Fitzwilliam, NH - Rt. 119). More that 16 acres of wild Rhododendron burst into blossom annually about mid-July. One of the largest tracts of the hardy shrubs north of the Allegheny Mountains. Walking path (1-mile) around the entire glen. Picnic grounds in shaded pine groves. Pleasant foot trail (1-mile) for views of Mt. Monadnock and other peaks in the Monadnock Region. Admission charged. (603) 532-8862.
Surry Mountain Dam and Lake
Surry Mountain Dam and Lake
(Surry, NH) Picnicking, swimming and boating. Sand beach and sprawling lawns. Affordable admission fee charged.