The Monadnock Region in NH is symbolic of old New England charm. Small villages and traditional homes, churches, farms and rolling countryside are set to the backdrop of Mount Monadnock, one of the most frequently-climbed mountains on earth, and the subject of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s famous poem, “Monadnoc.”
The hub of the region is the attractive city of Keene, with a broad main street and lively downtown filled with shops, restaurants, and the Thorne Art Gallery.
Other area events include the Hillsborough Balloon Festival in July, the Cheshire Fair in Swanzey in August and the Winchester Pickle Festival in September.
This region offers an all-season, slow-paced camping experience. Spring is the ideal time to visit Rhododendron State Park in Fitzwilliam. Enjoy the Apple Hill Center in Nelson for Chamber Music, and Friendly Farm in Dublin to picnic and pet the farm animals. MacDowell Artist Colony in Peterborough is the oldest of its kind in the nation, and the Cathedral of the Pines in Rindge is an outdoor shrine that honors the men and women who have died in service to our nation. Go hiking or biking at Miller State Park in Peterborough, or check out Pisgah State Park in the areas of Hinsdale, Winchester and Chesterfield, for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, fishing, swimming and boating.
In the winter, the Monadnock region has miles of trails for cross country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling, while sleigh rides are available at Silver Ranch in Jaffrey and ice skating is popular on local ponds.
For more info about the Monadnock Region
Greater Keene Chamber of Commerce, 603-352-1303
Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce, 603-924-7234
Hillsborough Chamber of Commerce, 603-464-5858
Jaffrey Chamber of Commerce, 603-532-4549
Points of Interest
- Keene Swamp Bat Baseball Team
- Hillsborough Balloon Festival, Hillsborough (July)
- Keene Pumpkin Festival, Keene (October)
- Monadnock Speedway (Winchester)
- Pisgah State Park, Winchester (hiking, biking)
- Winchester Pickle Festival, Winchester (September)
- Miller State Park, Peterborough (hiking, auto road)
- Cathedral of the Pines, Rindge
- MacDowell Artist Colony, Peterborough (oldest in the nation)