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1598 Mt Washington Auto Road
Sargent’s Purchase, NH
Phone: 603-466-3347

Activities and Amenities


Mount Washington State Park, a 60.3-acre parcel perched on the summit of the Northeast’s highest peak, is surrounded by the extensive 750,000-acre White Mountain National Forest. On a clear day, views from the 6,288-foot summit extend beyond New Hampshire as far as 130 miles to Vermont, New York, Massachusetts, Maine, Quebec, and the Atlantic Ocean.

The Sherman Adams building, a modern summit building, houses The Sherman Adams Visitor Center, a cafeteria, restrooms, gift shops, the Mount Washington Observatory and its museum. The historic Tip-Top House is located adjacent to the summit building.


Operating Schedule

The Sherman Adams Summit Building is CLOSED for the season.

The Visitor Center at the top of Mount Washington is now closed to the public and will re-open at a date to be determined in May of 2022.

There are currently no services, amenities, or any indoor shelter available at the top of Mount Washington for summit visitors and hikers.

Please call the Park directly at 603-466-3347 for more information

For information, schedules, rates, and information about the Mount Washington Cog Railway or the Mount Washington Auto Road, please visit them on the web:

For the most current weather conditions above tree-line refer to the higher summits forecast from the Mount Washington Observatory and for overall planning of hiking trips into the White Mountains refer to Hike Safe for information and advice with helpful links to public and private agencies. Should an emergency arise during your visit, please call 911 for assistance

This park is always open for recreation unless closed or restricted by posting. During off hours and the off-season the park is typically not staffed, comfort stations are not available and gates may be closed. The off-season poses unique risks inherent when participating in outdoor recreational activities. Please be aware that many State Park areas and trails are not staffed during the off-season, and day-use fees are not collected. Recreationists should possess the necessary knowledge, skill, and equipment to ensure their own safety. Users assume all risk while recreating in State Park lands.

Are pets allowed at Mount Washington State Park?

Pets are permitted in the designated areas only:

  • Pets are not to be tied to entry area into Sherman Adams Building Visitor Center. In case of severe weather contact park ranger at information desk for directions to a sheltered area.
  • Pets are not allowed in concession and dining room areas
  • Pets are to be leashed and attended to at all times; owners are responsible for their pets’ actions.
  • The Cog Railway has a strict ‘no pets on trains’ policy. Mt Washington Auto Road’s Hiker Shuttle will transport pets at drivers discretion, if allowed the per person rate may be applied.

See the NH State Parks Pets Policy for more information.

The Tip Top House Historic Site

The Historic Tip Top House is located adjacent to the geological summit. Renovated in 1986 to simulate its first construction with period furnishings.

In 1853, the Tip Top House was the second stone house built on the summit. All materials were hauled nine miles on horses over rough trails from Randolph, N.H. Originally it was built as a competing hotel, but eventually was combined with the other as a dining room, barroom and parlor. As Access to the summit improved and the Tip Top House fell into disuse, it went through many operations through its life span, including a printing office for Among the Clouds newspaper. After being used to house employees and hikers, it was renovated into a historic site.

Tip Top House Information

Keep Your Parks Clean

Through the Carry-In/Carry-Out Program, you can help us keep your parks clean and beautiful by carrying out whatever you carry in. Thank you for your cooperation and remember to recycle.

Access for Persons with Disabilities

Visit our Accessibility for All webpage at For more information on specific accessibilty needs or questions, please contact the individual park office directly.

Notice: Drone Use is Restricted
Drone use is restricted at all NH State Parks.Drone operators are not permitted take off or land within NH State Park boundaries.





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  • George Zervopoulos
    George Zervopoulos
    5 months ago

    Great views at the top of Mount Washington! We took the cog rail up to the top. It will be 20 or 30 °F cooler up there so know the weather before you go as you may want to bring a jacket or sweater. The cog rail is the best way to get up there otherwise you need to hike or drive yourself up. Be sure to stop in at the post office and buy a post card and stamp and send it to someone if not yourself! There is a restaurant and gift store and rest rooms too. But be sure to stop in at the museum too.

  • Urvil Kenia
    Urvil Kenia
    5 months ago

    This place blew our minds, one of the best sunrise experiences ever. The toll road opens for sunrise only twice a year at 4:30 AM but the early trip is worth it for the view. Go early if you are planning to get a good spot to see the sunrise. Be sure to get a jacket since it can get fairly cold even during the summer. The drive is a little tricky and not advisable if you are afraid of heights. Use low gears for the drive back down and learn about engine braking if you don’t want to fry your brakes.

  • Rebecca Flynn
    Rebecca Flynn
    7 months ago

    So my husband and I drove to the top. It was an absolutely gorgeous day! The view was spectacular! It did drop 30 degrees in temperature from base to summit and the wind was very strong at the top but the view was worth it. Spent a couple of hours at the top taking pictures enjoying the grandeur of it all.

  • Eric Efraimson
    Eric Efraimson
    4 months ago

    An absolutely amazing drive up worth every foot of length & elevation to get to the top. Keep in mind that the road is narrow, with steep cliffs on the sides, & no guard rails. So if you're afraid of heights, get a tour guide to take you up. Highly recommend.

  • John Toomey
    John Toomey
    5 months ago

    A great site to visit, the highest point in the North East. You can take the Cog Railway, an Auto Road Coach, drive yourself or hike!!! There is food available at the summit if you want lunch or a snack. Downstairs there is a free museum. Great views if the weather cooperates. The weather changes quickly so you may see a variety. Restrooms are available. There is no entry fee just the cost of getting to the top....walking is free but challenging!!

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