Trail

Rhododendron State Park

Fitzwilliam, NH
Length: 0.60 mi.
Type: Loop

About This Trail

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Rhododendron State Park is named after the 16-acre grove of Rhododendron Maximum, which is the focal point of the park. A 0.6 mile-long universally accessible trail encircles the grove allowing visitors to observe, close up, the fragrant clusters of pink blossoms as they burst into bloom in mid-July.

A wildflower trail, winds through the forest adjacent to the grove. From early spring to the first frost, wildflowers bloom throughout the 2,723-acre park. The last blooms in the fall are complemented by the forest’s brilliant foliage. Visitors exploring the trails are often serenaded by song birds which live in the grove.

The rhododendron grove, which is the largest in northern New England, was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1982.

For those looking for a longer hike with modest views check out Little Monadnock Mountain.

For trailmaps and more information visit http://www.nhstateparks.org/visit/state-parks/rhododendron-state-park.aspx

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Trail Features

Carrier needed No
Stroller friendly No
ADA accessible No
Water fountains No
Bathrooms No
Pet friendly No
Nearby convenience store No
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles
Yes

Trail highlights

Picnic Area and Shaded Hike

There are a few picnic tables near the parking lot. There are also pit toilets.

Trail is mostly shaded thanks to the unique tunnels created by the rhododendron plants.

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $4.00

Adults (12+) $4.00
Children (6-11) $2
5 and under Free

The fee is optional most of the year. The fee is only mandatory and collected by an attendant during Peak Bloom (July). Consider paying the optional fee the rest of the year to support NH State Parks, which are a privately funded state department, they do not use any tax dollars to support them!

Trail Contributor

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Lyndsey started hiking when her daughter Aubrey (5)  was just a few months old. Lyndsey and Aubrey have been hiking together for almost 5 years now and have made some impressive climbs over those years. Lyndsey has been an ambassador for Hike it Baby since January 2015. They live in the Monadnock Region of NH and they have many small mountains to hike all around them and they venture the two hours north to the White Mountain National Forest as often as they can. Lyndsey and Aubrey started their NH 48 4,000 footer list when Aubrey was just 3.5 years old. To date, they have completed 2/48. They have been working on the NH 52 with a View list as well and have completed 7/52. 

Hiking had such a huge influence on getting over PPD that she wanted to help other local parents get out on the trails and build a community that is different from the other typical mom groups. Over the years she has learned so much about hiking with young children, from picking different carriers to choosing trails for toddlers. She wants to share her knowledge to help others, as this information was impossible to find when she was just starting out hiking with Aubrey!

Lyndsey also writes for her own personal blog www.summitmommy.com that chronicles her and Aubrey’s hiking adventures together as well as offers articles and trail suggestions for families hiking in New Hampshire! 

About The Guide

Hike it Baby Family Trail Guide is an online resource to help families with children source trails that little legs can hike and parents can feel comfortable with. Hike details are sourced and have been hiked by families who participate in our community. Our contributors do their best to give you all the details they can, but if something is missed, you can reach out to the contributor and offer suggestions for them to add to make it a better trail description for all. This guide was built with a generous 3-year partnership with L.L Bean. Like Hike it Baby, L.L Bean believes that helping get families into nature from birth on is key to healthier, happier communities.