Mount Washington State Park

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Mount Washington State Park

New Hampshire

(603) 466-3347

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Overview

Mount Washington State Park, a 59-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. Visitors come from all over the country to drive up the spectacular Mount Washington and to brave the extreme weather conditions that many call the "worst in the world!" There is a guided audio tour and map available to enrich the journey.

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 TipTop House is located adjacent to the summit building. Visitors can explore even more of Mount Washington aboard the unique SnowCoach, and experience parts of the mountain not accessible by car.

Map of Mt. Washington (NH)

Latitude, Longitude: 44.388532, -71.174069

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Activities

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    Visitors come from all over the country to drive up the spectacular Mount Washington. There is a guided audio tour and map to enrich the journey.

  • Hiking

    With the ever-changing weather conditions on New England's highest peak, no two trips are the same. Brave the extreme weather and be rewarded with panoramic views of Vermont, New York, Massachusetts, Maine, Quebec, and the Atlantic Ocean. Hikers must be prepared with the proper gear and experience for these severe conditions.

  • Historic Sites

    To learn more about the area visit the Sherman Adams building, a modern summit building that houses the Sherman Adams Visitor Center, the Mount Washington Observatory, and its museum. Also, the historic TipTop House is located adjacent to the summit building.

  • Off Highway Vehicles

    Visitors can explore even more of Mount Washington aboard the SnowCoach, and experience parts of the mountain not accessible by car.

  • Winter Sports

    December through March visitors can take a tour aboard the one-of-a-kind SnowCoach and explore the mountain's northern flank.

Seasonality/Weather

Winter conditions on Mt. Washington include snow, ice, and hurricane force winds. Hikers must be prepared with the proper gear and experience for these severe and sometimes deadly conditions.

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Directions

Driving

From Boston, North & South Shores and Rhode Island: Follow I-95 North to the Spaulding Turnpike in Dover, NH to Rt. 16 North. Follow through North Conway, NH towards Glen, NH, and then follow Rt. 16 North through Pinkham Notch. The Mt Washington Auto Road is approximately 2 miles north of Wildcat Ski Area.

From Boston Metro-West, Nashua & Manchester, NH: Follow I-93 North through Franconia Notch to Exit 35, Rt. 3 North. Follow Rt. 3 through Twin Mountain, NH. Then take Rt. 115 to Rt. 2 in Jefferson, NH, follow Rt. 2 East to Rt. 16 and then follow Rt. 16 eight miles South out of Gorham, NH to the Mt Washington Auto Road.

From Western New England, Mid-Atlantic States and Montreal: Follow I-91 to US 302 East to Rt. 3 North to Rt. 115 North Rt. 2 East to Rt. 16 South. The Mt Washington Auto Road is located on Rt. 16, 8 miles south of Gorham, NH.

Flying: Logan Airport in Boston is a 3 1/2 hour drive. The Jetport in Portland, Maine is a 2 1/4 hour drive. Manchester Airport in Manchester, NH is 2 1/2 hours.

Phone Numbers

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(603) 466-3347

Weather

(603) 466-3347

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