The Little Known Observatory In New Hampshire With Views That Are Second To None

When you hear the word “observatory,” you probably picture giant telescopes and starry skies. This amazing observatory in New Hampshire can definitely provide those stars, but you’ll also get the chance to watch hawks soar through the air. Here’s what you need to know about visiting the Pack Monadnock Raptor Observatory.

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You can expect to pay $4 per adult and $2 per child. New Hampshire residents over 65 and children under five are free. The closest parking lot is at the summit of Pack Monadnock, about 0.2 miles from the observatory. You can also park in the large lot at the bottom of the mountain and hike to the summit, which is only about a 1.3-mile trip one way on the Auto Road. If you want a slightly longer trek, opt for the Marion Davis Trail (1.4 miles) or the Wapack Trail (1.6 miles).

Click here to see the Pack Monadnock Raptor Observatory on a map and get directions. For more amazing natural spots in New Hampshire, take a look at some of our favorites.