Cardigan State Park

Quick Facts

Cardigan State Park

New Hampshire

(603) 485-2034

Map Directions

Things To Do

     

Overview

Cardigan State Park spans 5,655 acres and is an excellent area for hiking. A mountain road leads to trails on the west slope of Mount Cardigan as well as a trail to the summit. Mount Cardigan's 3,155-foot treeless granite summit affords outstanding views of west central N.H., with a panorama that includes Mt. Monadnock and the White Mountains, Camel's Hump in Vermont, and Pleasant Mountain in Maine. The Park also includes picnic tables at a great spot for picnicking.

Cardigan State Park is unstaffed but is open to the public year-round at no charge.

Map of Cardigan (NH)

Latitude, Longitude: 43.656006, -71.919522

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Activities

  • Hiking

    The 1.5-mile West Ridge Trail rises 1,200 vertical feet from the state park on Cardigan's west slope, and provides the easiest access to the summit. Trails on the east side of the mountain are much longer and generally steeper. From the east side base at the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) lodge to the west side base at the state park is about 35 miles by road. As there are no shuttles that travel between the two areas, it is especially important to check your map before leaving the summit and select a trail that will lead to your car. Hiking trails are blazed in different colors based on their location on the mountain. Trails on the east side (AMC lodge) are blazed in yellow; trails along the north-south ridge are white; and trails on the west side (state park) are orange. Colors are independent of trail names. The South Ridge Trail, for example, changes from orange to white at Rimrock.

  • Picnicking

    The park offers picnic tables at a great spot for picnicking.

  • Winter Sports

    For trail use in the winter contact the park.

Park Partners

Friends of Mount Cardigan

The mission is to promote and protect the park for the enjoyment of all. Seasonal and yearly projects are undertaken by members to keep the park clean, safe and attractive. Meetings, which are open to everyone, are held monthly throughout the year, except in July and August.

Appalachian Mountain Club

The Appalachian Mountain Club manages the reservations for the campground at Cardigan State Park.

(603) 744-8011

Directions

Driving

From I-93: Take Exit 23 to Route 104 west, to Route 4 west, to Route 118 north, and follow signs to Cardigan State Park.

From I-95: Take Exit 4 to Spaulding Turnpike/Route 16 north to Exit 6, to Route 4 west, to I-93 north. Take Exit 23 to Route 104 west, to Route 4 west, to Route 118 north, and follow signs to Cardigan State Park.

From I-89: Take Exit 17 to Route 4 east, to Route 118 north, and follow signs to Cardigan State Park.

From I-91: Take Exit 10 to I-89 south to Exit 17, to Route 4 east, to Route 118 north, and follow signs to Cardigan State Park.

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Phone Numbers

Primary

(603) 485-2034

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Comments

Mount Cardigan is 3,155' according to USGS and published maps. It was previously believed to be 3,121' and is still often erroneously listed as that elevation.

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