What to do in Rhododendron State Park

Rhododendron State Park features one of the largest tracts of the hardy rhododendron shrub north of the Allegheny Mountains. There is a handicapped accessible nature trail and several picnic tables. The state park opens in early May and closes Labor Day. Entrance fee is $2.50, children 11 and under are free. There are no winter activities at this park.

Rhododendron State Park encompasses 2,725 acres, 16 of which are devoted to natural rhododendron growth. The lovely park offers a wildflower trail which is handicapped accessible. Several picnic tables offer a relaxing atmosphere for outdoor dining. There is a small entrance fee for adults; $2.50 and children under 11 are free. The park is open mid-May and closes Labor Day. Staff is sporadic at this day-use park.

Hiking and picnicking are the two outdoor activities enjoyed at this lovely quaint state park. A popular visitation time is mid-July when the 16 acres of rhododendron are in bloom.

From Fitzwilliam, take SR 119 west about 2 miles to Rhododendron Road.

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.

c/o NH Division of Parks & Recreation
P.O. Box 1856, 172 Pembroke Rd
Concord, NH 03302

Phone: 603-532-8862

Fax: 603-271-2629

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