Rhododendron State Park

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Coordinates: 42°47′05″N 72°11′30″W / 42.78472°N 72.19167°W / 42.78472; -72.19167
Rhododendron State Park
New Hampshire State Park
Rhododendron maximum.jpg
Country  United States
State  New Hampshire
County Cheshire
Location Fitzwilliam
 - elevation 1,191 ft (363 m) [1]
 - coordinates 42°47′05″N 72°11′30″W / 42.78472°N 72.19167°W / 42.78472; -72.19167
Area 2,723 acres (1,102 ha)
Location of Rhododendron State Park in New Hampshire

Rhododendron State Park in Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire, USA, is a 2,723-acre (11.02 km2) state park located on and around Little Monadnock Mountain, containing a 16-acre (65,000 m2) stand of native Rhododendron maximum, the largest of nineteen similar stands in central and northern New England, the northern limit of their growing range.

The rhododendrons bloom in mid-July, and were designated a National Natural Landmark in 1982. The park also includes wild blueberries, cranberries, mountain laurel, heathers, mayflower, and wintergreen.

The park is open to hiking and picnicking. Leashed pets are permitted in the park with the exception of the Laurel Trail. A short loop trail navigates the stand of rhododendron, and the 110-mile (180 km) Metacomet-Monadnock Trail passes over the summit of Little Monadnock Mountain in the center of the park.

Property that makes up part of the park was donated to the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) in 1903, along with the "Old Patch Place", the cottage located at the entrance road of the park. It was built around the turn of the 19th century by Captain Samuel Patch, and was used by the AMC as a clubhouse and hostel until 1946, when it gave the property to the state. The 294 acres (119 ha) that make up this part of the park were listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.[2]

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  1. ^ "Rhododendron State Park". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. May 8, 2001. Retrieved October 10, 2012. 
  2. ^ "NRHP nomination for Old Patch Place". National Park Service. Retrieved 2014-04-05. 
  • Southern New Hampshire Trail Guide. The Appalachian Mountain Club, Boston, 1999.
  • The Metacomet-Monadnock Trail Guide. 9th Edition. The Appalachian Mountain Club. Amherst, Massachusetts, 1999

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