NH State Parks' First Day Hikes

Looking for an invigorating opportunity to get outside and celebrate New Year's with your family and friends? Come join New Hampshire State parks and our partners with a rejuvenating family-friendly hike on New Year’s Day.  Participants of First Day Hikes can explore historic sites, state parks and even enjoy pet friendly hikes with their four footed friends either on their own or discover and experience nature with a guided hike lead by park staff and out partner volunteers.

Registration is required via NH State Parks, there will be no same day registration allowed.

Locations include: Greenfield State Park, Odiorne Point State Park, White Lake State Park, Milan Hill State Park, Pisgah State Park, Frost Farm Historic Site, and Monadnock State Park.

Monadnock Reservation hike:
Join NH State Park staff for a 3-mile self-guided hike along the Parker Trail to the Little Mountain Viewpoint. You'll start the hike with a glimpse of Poole Reservoir and continue on following rolling hills and old stone walls as you round the base of Mt. Monadnock towards the Old Toll Rd. This hike will take approximately 3 hours to complete. For those looking for a more leisurely hike, follow the Parker Trail to the Cliff Walk Junction and back. The shorter hike will take approximately 2 hours to complete and follows relatively flat terrain. After the hike, enjoy hot drinks and snacks while warming up next to the outdoor fire.

Address: 116 Poole Road, Jaffrey NH 03452
Parking: Headquarters parking lot
Check-in: Headquarters parking lot from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Event begins: at 12 p.m. and ends at 3 p.m.
Pets Permitted: No


Mount Monadnock is one of the most-climbed mountains in the western hemisphere. In 1915 the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests conserved its first tract of 406 acres on Mount Monadnock, beginning a long-term effort to protect the natural integrity of the mountain and its surroundings. Since then, the Forest Society has acquired over 5,000 acres at Mount Monadnock and Gap Mountain in the towns of Dublin, Marlborough, Troy, and Jaffrey. The Forest Society leases much of this land to the State to be operated as Monadnock State Park.