Monadnock-nock. Who’s there?

A wise man once told me I was responsible as an interpreter to build a mutual respect between nature and visitors, at Monadnock State Park, this is something I do not take lightly. To personify Monadnock is impossible, but to understand it’s varied personalities and respect its trails and natural splendors is of great importance.

For many years, it has stood against wind, rains, heat, and a variety of other elements, and to know the triumphs or Monanock, we can certainly learn much about ourselves. Pride is at stake sometimes when we begin to sweat, bleed, and even hike through pain! Remember, like an old friend Monadnock will always be here for us to climb and will be even more beautiful with proper care and respect from hikers.

Many folks ascend this mountain up the White Dot Trail and descend on the White Cross Trail, as much as 80% of trail traffic! So, if you are a returning hiker, why not explore some other trails that Monadnock State Park has to offer? In the past month I have explored some of these other trails with great pleasure including but not limited to; the Spellman trail, Cascade Link, Fairy Springs, the White Arrow, Parker, Red Spot, and the Amphitheatre trail. This mountain is full of history and delight and I encourage you to partake!


Jonathan’s Gems:

1. Triumph. It doesn’t matter who you are or what your record time of ascent is, because lets face it we are all different and unique, like this little guy! When we do accomplish our goals though, Triumph is certainly something that compliments our soul.

2. Spellman Trail. This trail has got a rough and tough reputation, but it is essentially no more challenging than the White Dot Trail. Like any trail you must be careful and bring plenty of food, water,  snacks, and a friend. Mostly however, know your limits and always leave your travel itinerary!

3.Halfway House Site. Exceptional views and a lot of history! Come Check it out, you will be “Halfway There.”

4.The Tooth. The Tooth, the whole tooth, and nothing but…. The Tooth! See if you can find the tooth on your journey through Monadnock State Park today!


Discover Power of Parks SCA Interpreters

Discover the Power of Parks is presented by New Hampshire State Parks in collaboration with the Student Conservation Association and made possible by generous financial support from Eversource. The program offers a look into the natural world through hands-on programming. Interpretive programs focus on connecting participants with nature and building appreciation for New Hampshire's unmatched natural heritage. Programs include guided hikes, interpretive tours, and imaginative environmental workshops for children and families. Programs are offered free to guests with paid park admission fee. No pre-registration is required.

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