Rhododendron SP, Fitzwilliam

Rhododendron SP, Fitzwilliam

424 Rockwood Pond Road Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire 03447

Official Website
Rhododendron State Park map
Rhododendron State Park Official Website
Rhododendron State Park map

Tips for Birding

When submitting eBird observations at Rhododendron State Park, it is most helpful to start a new checklist for each hotspot in the park. Use the general hotspot when you have a checklist that includes multiple locations or if no other hotspot or personal location is appropriate for your sightings.

About Rhododendron State Park

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Rhododendron State Park is named after the 16-acre grove of Rhododendron Maximum, which is the focal point of the park. A .6-mile-long universally accessible trail encircles the grove allowing visitors to observe, close up, the fragrant clusters of pink blossoms as they burst into bloom in mid-July.

A wildflower trail, maintained by the Fitzwilliam Garden Club, winds through the forest adjacent to the grove. From early spring to the first frost, wildflowers bloom throughout the 2,723-acre park. The last blooms in the fall are complemented by the forest’s brilliant foliage. Visitors exploring the trails are often serenaded by songbirds that live in the grove.

The rhododendron grove, which is the largest in northern New England, was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1982.

Notable Trails

There are two trails in the Rhododendron Grove Network.

  • Rhododendron Loop Trail: The 0.6 mile-long universally accessible Rhododendron Loop encircles the grove allowing visitors to observe, close up, the fragrant clusters of pink blossoms as they burst into bloom in mid-July. The trail departs from the trailhead on the right side of the parking lot through the stone pillars. From here the trail is on a wide, gravel-lined path that comes to an intersection after a short distance. From the intersection, turn right and continue until the intersection with the Little Monadnock Trail, follow signs to the left for the Rhododendron Loop. The loop brings users through a huge grove of wild rhododendron, as well through a spectacular rhododendron tunnel. To exit the Rhododendron Loop, users can take the Laurel Trail, which is slightly overgrown and consists of a very small tunnel through the bush. The Rhododendron Loop can also be connected to the Wildflower Trail. 
  • Wildflower Trail : The Wildflower Trail departs from the left hand trailhead in the parking lot. After a short distance, the trail comes to a kiosk with information about the vegetation on the trail. From there the trail continues on the wide, gravel-lined path and skirts a stone wall then a huge rhododendron grove. The trail can be taken as a loop, or connected with the Rhododendron Loop. 

Thee is a separate hotspot, Little Monadnock, for checklists on the Little Monadnock Trail.

The TrailFinder website has a description and map of hikes at Rhododendron State Park.


  • Restrooms on site

  • Wheelchair accessible trail

  • Entrance fee

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Last updated October 19, 2023