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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Spring 33-66 F
Summer 52-79 F
Fall 42-68 F
Winter 5-31 F
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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 fromRVshare.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.

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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!

Frequently Asked Questions About Cardigan Mountain State Park

Are pets allowed at Cardigan Mountain State Park?

Cardigan Mountain State Park is pet friendly. During your visit, your four-legged friends are welcome, but they must remain on a leash. Also, you must be prepared to clean up their messes.

Is Cardigan Mountain State Park accessible for disabled visitors?

All the state parks in New Hampshire, including Cardigan Mountain State Parl, provide recreational opportunities to individuals with disabilities. There are reserved parking spaces, beach wheelchairs, wheelchair ramps, and accessible restrooms.

Are there designated RV camping spots in Cardigan Mountain State Park?

Cardigan Mountain State Park does not offer any type of campground for RV visitors. However, there are picnic tables and a pavilion available. You will need to supply your own water as well.

What is the climate of Cardigan Mountain State Park?

The climate of this area is warm and wet in summer and snowy and cold in winter. Each year, this location averages 39 inches of rain and 68 inches of snow.

What is the best time of year to visit Cardigan Mountain State Park?

Winter and late summer are the best times of year to visit Cardigan Mountain State Park. April and May are months that get quite muddy. Black flies are horrible in June.