Welcome to Mt. Major!

At 1,786 feet, the summit of New Hampshire's beloved Mount Major offers views that are among the best in the southern part of the state for the effort required.

It's part of a 200-acre conservation area owned and managed by the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests that will forever be protected from development. In recent years we have constructed a pavilion area and kiosk in the parking lot, reconstructed the main trail entrance to solve drainage issues, and we’ve recruited and trained more volunteers to help orient hikers, especially on busy days.

NOTICE: Through mid-August, we're working on a trail upgrade to improve the sustainability of Mount Major's Main Trail, the most popular route up and down the mountain. Trails are OPEN but the parking lot is CLOSED (parking is available along the highway on the side closest to the lot - do NOT park on the other side and cross the highway! It is not safe and you may be ticketed by the town.)

Below, you'll find everything you need to visit Mount Major, support ongoing efforts to make the trails more sustainable, and learn more about the nature and history of the area. 

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Visit Mount Major

You're welcome at Mount Major! Here is the visitor guide to Mount Major, including trail information, directions, visitor guidelines, and maps.

Visit with a School or Group

Please let us know about your plans so we can share helpful information with your group. You can also learn more about Mt. Major Outdoor Classroom, an initiative connecting students with education on the mountain's ecosystem.

Belknap Range Trail and Brook Trail at Mount Major

Trail Updates & Sustainability Projects

Learn what's happening on the trails, including updates about the 2024 upgrade of the Main/Blue Trail.

View of the lake from the summit of Mount Major with a hiker's boot and text that reads Volunteer Trailhead Outreach Program.

Volunteer Trailhead Outreach Program

The Forest Society is proud to continue meaningful visitor outreach efforts at Mt Major by continuing to grow a fresh volunteer program. 

A group of individuals holding full trash bags at the summit of a mountain on a grey sky day.

Leave No Trace at Mt. Major

Volunteer to clean up trash at Mt. Major each year on Earth Day or learn more about keeping the mountain clean and green.

Mt. Major Outdoor Classroom

Mt. Major Outdoor Classroom connects schools with information about the mountain's natural history and wildlife before or after they hike.