Cardigan Mountain State Park RV & Campground Guide

New Hampshire

Taking in the sights at Cardigan Mountain State Park in New Hampshire means panoramic views that include west central New Hampshire, Mount Monadnock and the White Mountains, Camel’s Hump in Vermont and Pleasant Mountain in Maine! The park is 5,655 acres and is known for its hiking trails, including those right on Mount Cardigan that lead to the stunning views. With plenty to do and see inside the park and the local area, Cardigan Mountain State Park is a great place for your next camping trip! Read on to learn what makes it worth a visit.

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Weather
Spring 33-66 F
Summer 52-79 F
Fall 42-68 F
Winter 5-31 F
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Nearby Cities
Canaan, NH
Grafton, NH
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Cardigan Mountain State Park

One way to ensure your camping trip is comfortable is by opting for an RV! Skipping the tent under the stars and opting for an RV means you’ll have a private bathroom, kitchen for making family meals and snacks and a comfortable, cozy bed to climb into each night. If you’re going to choose an RV for your trip, consider renting one from RVshare.com. The helpful support team can help with the process and make it easy for you to find a completely custom RV that fits all your needs AND your budget. Plus, all rentals come with nationwide insurance and 24/7 roadside assistance.

Once you’ve selected your dream RV, you’ll need to find the perfect campsite to call home for your trip. There are no campgrounds located inside Cardigan Mountain State Park, but there are many campgrounds available close by. Here are some worth checking out:

Crescent Campgrounds

Just a few minutes from the Cardigan Mountain State Park, Crescent Campgrounds is located on Canaan Street Lake and offers wooded, quiet campsites. There are plenty of amenities and recreation on site, including boating, fishing, swimming, horseshoes, plus many activities including ceramics, campfires and s’mores, pancake breakfasts and more. Rates start at $25 per night.  

Water hookup: yes

Electrical hookup: yes

Sewer hookup: yes

Wifi: no

Pet-friendly: yes

Other amenities: boating, fishing, swimming, beach, horseshoes, air hockey, pool table and many planned activities.

Pine Haven Campground

About a half hour from the State Park, nestled at the base of the White Mountains in the Baker River Valley is Pine Haven Campground! The campsite offers a wide variety of family-friendly camping sites and has 3,000 feet of river frontage. There are a wide variety of amenities and activities for every member of your group to enjoy!   

Water hookup: yes

Electrical hookup: yes

Sewer hookup: yes

Wifi: yes

Pet-friendly: yes

Other amenities: Separate riverfront tenting area, fishing, hiking and biking, picnic tables, fire rings, covered pavilion, heated pool, laundry room, camp store, basketball court, softball field, 3 playgrounds, horseshoe pit, propane and go kart track and rentals.

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What to Do at
Cardigan Mountain State Park

Inside Cardigan Mountain State Park

Known for stunning views of not just New Hampshire, but Maine and Vermont as well, there are many ways to experience the natural beauty in Cardigan Mountain State Park. Enjoy a picnic, take a hike up the summit of the mountain or opt for a less strenuous trail. You can do it all with your pet, too, because the park is pet friendly!

Hiking – Cardigan Mountain State Park is known for excellent hiking trails. There are 15 trails in the State Park, and one of the most popular is the Mount Cardigan Loop Trail. The trail leads to the 3,121-foot granite summit. The treeless summit offers stunning views of the West Central New Hampshire area, plus a panorama of Mount Monadnock and the White Mountains, Camel’s Hump in Vermont and Pleasant Mountain in Maine.  

Picnicking – When you’re ready to relax and take a break from the nature fun inside Cardigan Mountain State Park, there is a picnic area perfect for it! Enjoy a snack or meal while relaxing and experiencing the natural beauty all around.

Outside Cardigan Mountain State Park

There are so many recreation and nature activities to do outside Cardigan Mountain State Park, in the local communities. From polar caves to canyons, a science museum and more, once you’ve enjoyed the State Park, there is still more fun to be had! Here are some of the best local attractions to check out:

Restaurants

There’s nothing better than enjoying a beautiful day in nature with family and friends, then gathering ‘round the table to enjoy a meal together. If you don’t want to take advantage of the kitchen in your RV, there are many restaurants nearby that are sure to make even your pickiest eaters happy! Here are some of the local restaurants worth checking out:  

Pine

With a focus on local and sustainable New England products and ingredients, Pine is a sophisticated restaurant perfect for a nice meal out after a fun day in the State Park. Serving breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, the menu features a variety of unique and delicious options.

Type: New American

Location: Hanover, NH

Canaan Village Pizza

Open seven days a week and just a few minutes from the State Park, Canaan Village Pizza is the perfect place to grab a casual family meal that is sure to please a crowd! Available for dine in or take out, the menu features pizza, pasta, salads, burgers, cold and hot subs and much more.

Type: Italian

Location: Canaan, NH

Homestead Restaurant

A local favorite, the Homestead Restaurant is not just a place to grab a great meal, it features a historic setting! The large, two-story house, is said to be one of the oldest houses standing in Bristol. With delicious salads, chicken and seafood dishes, steakhouse meals, sandwiches, flatbread pizzas and much more, you’ll be able to enjoy a delicious dinner in a beautiful, historic atmosphere.

Type: American

Location: Bristol, NH

Sightseeing

Polar Caves

A favorite attraction to locals and tourists since 1922, Polar Caves allows visitors to explore nine granite caves, seven attractions – including some of the best rock climbing in the Northeast area - visit animals in the Animal Park and much more. The caves were created during the Ice Age, and are a true sight to see! Finish off your day in the caves by shopping for unique gifts and souvenirs, homemade fudge, a variety of maple products and much more.

Location: Rumney, NH

Montshire Museum of Science

The perfect rainy day activity, or just a wonderful learning experience, the Montshire Museum of Science is a hands-on science museum, located on a 100-acre site right along the Connecticut River. The outdoor space includes trails and a Science Park with water exhibits, and inside visitors can find over 150 exhibits relating to the natural and physical sciences, ecology and technology. It’s the perfect place to spend an afternoon learning with your kiddos! 

Location: Norwich, VT

Sculptured Rocks Natural Area

Truly a sight to see, the Sculptured Rocks Natural Area is less than an hour from the State Park and a beautiful example of nature. The walls of the canyons and rocks today have been carved into curious shapes and potholes over thousands of years.

Location: Groton, NH

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How to Get to
Cardigan Mountain State Park

Cardigan Mountain State Park is located on Cardigan Mountain Road in Orange, New Hampshire. For more information and directions, click here.

Entering Cardigan Mountain State Park

Cardigan Mountain State Park is always open for recreation unless closed or restricted by posting. During the offseason, the park is typically not staffed. There is no fee to enter the park! 

Pet-friendly hikes, picnics with the family, stunning views – all that and more can be enjoyed at Cardigan Mountain State Park! We can’t wait to hear about your trip. When you post your fun vacation photos on social media, don’t forget to tag us, or shoot us a photo and some details at [email protected]. We may just feature your story on our blog or social media channels. Happy camping!