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Monadnock Travel Region

Annett Wayside- This small wayside park which is actually part of the Annett State Forest, offers picnicking and primitive toilets.
Chesterfield Gorge Natural Area- Chesterfield Gorge Natural Area is located along the Wilde Brooke offering hiking and picnicking amidst scenic views.
Greenfield State Park- Tucked away in this 400-acre park in the southwest corner of the state are ponds, bogs and a forest that extends to the shore of undeveloped Otter Lake.
Miller State Park- Located on the 2,290-foot summit and flank of Pack Monadnock in Peterborough, Miller is the oldest state park in New Hampshire. A winding 1.3 mile paved road leading to the scenic summit is open for visitors to drive in summer and on spring and fall weekends. Picnicking and hiking are popular activities at the scenic mountain park.
Monadnock State Park- With its 5,000 acres of protected highlands, 3,165-foot Mt. Monadnock was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1987. A magnet for hikers, Monadnock is said to be the second most frequently climbed mountain in the world, after Japan's Mt. Fuji.
Pisgah State Park- Pisgah State Park is the largest state park in New Hampshire encompassing over 13,000 acres. Recreation opportunities abound at this year-round facility.
Rhododendron State Park- This park is New Hampshire's only botanical state park featuring 16 acres of wild rhododendrons. The flowers blossom in mid-July. This National Natural Landmark is one of the largest tracts of the hardy shrub north of the Allegheny Mountains.

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Description - Monadnock Travel Region is known for its family farms, beautiful hillsides, scenic drives, covered bridges, historic market places, beautiful resorts, lush golf courses and seven beautiful state park facilities.

Attractions - Seven state parks provide a wide sampling of the scenic Monadnock Travel Region. Each park features its own distinctive attraction. Monadnock State Park is known as the second most frequently climbed mountain in the world, after Japan's Mt. Fuji. Pisgah State Park is New Hampshire's largest parcel offering over 13,000 acres of year-round recreation land. Visitors are awestruck by the state's only botanical park, Rhododendron State Park, featuring 16 acres of huge mid-July blooming bushes. Travelers immediately south of Crotched Mountain will find Greenfield State Park resting on a popular fishing lake. Throughout the region, guests will find a smattering of historic covered bridges, quaint markets, well-manicured golf courses and plentiful fishing waters.

Recreation - Monadnock Travel Region offers visitors of varying tastes a variety of outdoor recreation opportunities. Scenic driving throughout the area's beautiful rolling hills is by far a favorite pastime especially during the fall season. Anglers will find plenty of opportunities for both warmwater and coldwater species among the region's streams and ponds. Hikers can experience the world's second most popular mountain trek, Mt. Monadnock. Cross-country skiers will find ample opportunities between the public parklands and the golf courses. Picnic spots stretch to all corners including the very popular Wilde Brook Gorge area. Also available to the outdoor enthusiast is snowmobiling, mountain biking, wildlife viewing and nature photography. These along with other recreations can be found at the state's largest park, Pisgah State Park.

Climate - New Hampshire residents experience four distinct seasons. Winter can be cold with average temperatures ranging around 19 degrees Fahrenheit. The cold temperatures humidity bring heavy, water-laden snow to all parts of the state. Spring begins in mid-March and lasts through May. This time of the year is referred to as mud season in the mountains. The sugar is flowing early in the season and wild flowers bloom toward the end of it. Summer is the busiest season of the year for the tourism industry. This is an excellent time to travel, mountain roads are open and most of the mud has dried. Average summer temperatures range around 68 degrees Fahrenheit. Fall brings the leaf lookers to see the spectacular colors of the deciduous trees. Expect to see bus loads of people enjoying the crisp fall New England weather.

Location - The Monadnock Travel Region rests in the lower western area of New Hampshire. The southern border is the state of Massachusetts, the western border is Vermont, the northern border is the Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee Travel Region and the eastern border is the Merrimack Valley area.

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New Hampshire Division of Travel & Tourism, P.O. Box 1856 , Concord, NH, 03302-1856, Phone: 603-271-2665

Additional Information:
New Hampshire Travel Regions - New Hampshire has seven different travel regions including: Seacoast, Merrimack Valley, Monadnock, Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee, Lakes, White Mountains and Great North Woods.


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