Mount Washington State Park, Mount Washington

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Mount Washington State Park is a 60.3acre parcel perched on the summit of Mount Washington, the highest peak in the northeastern United States. Summer seasonal amenities include a cafeteria, restrooms, gift shops, the Mount Washington Observatory and its museum. The historic Tip Top House is located adjacent to the summit building and is open (small fee) to visitors from early May to early October. The park is accessible by the Mount Washington Auto Road, the Mount Washington Cog Railway, the Appalachian Trail, or numerous other hiking trails from surrounding trailheads including Pinkham Notch, Crawford Notch and the Cog Railway base station.
The land forming the park was originally given to Dartmouth College in 1951 by the estate of the owner of the Cog Railway. Dartmouth sold 59acre to the State of New Hampshire in 1964 for use as a park and then sold the final 8acre in 2008 for $2.1M, after a long-term broadcasting lease had expired. A small segment of the summit is still owned by the Cog Railway and used as the upper terminus of the railway.
In 1642, Darby Field was the first to climb to the summit of Mount Washington. He supposedly had guidance by local Native Americans.
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  • Drove up the auto road on our motorcycle. We had a blast. Decent pricing, and well worth it! Beautiful sights!!  more »
  • What a great park to visit! Most breathtaking views. Nice little gift shops, a little restaurant, lots to see. We bought a membership for the observatory and we got a full tour of “behind the scenes” ...  more »

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