Cardigan Lodge is open year round (Herb Swanson)
Mount Cardigan rises up out of the Shem Valley as a beacon for outdoor lovers. Hikers are drawn to its bare summit not only for views but also for the quiet forests that line its approach. Look for salamanders, mushrooms, and blueberries along the way. Waterfalls, a small pond for swimming, and a nature trail await young explorers. Winter adventurers will enjoy the many possibilities for snowshoeing and backcountry skiing.
Next to Mount Cardigan State Forest, Cardigan Lodge is located on a 1,200-acre reservation owned by AMC and features a peaceful, roads-end location. Explore our 50 miles of trails, join a family guided exploration, or simply relax on our deck or by the fireplace. If that’s not enough, head to nearby Wellington State Park on Newfound Lake to paddle or enjoy a sandy beach. Cardigan offers a choice of private rooms with private bath, private bunkrooms with shared bath, and individual and group walk-in tentsites. Our High Cabin, just below the Cardigan summit, is great for groups seeking a more remote, backcountry setting.
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At Cardigan Lodge, in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region, you’ll find your slice of nature, regardless of age or ability. From quiet nature walks to family fun to challenging explorations, Cardigan is the perfect the spot in every season.

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Climb “Old Baldy” Climb “Old Baldy”
Both young and more seasoned enjoy a summit hike up Mount Cardigan and neighboring Firescrew. For many, this 5-mile round trip is their first big mountain hike, and it rewards with inspiring 360-degree views across open granite ledges.
Bring the little ones Bring the little ones
AMC Wee Wanderers Family Explorations are guided 3-day programs for families with young children. Adventurers ages 3-5 and their parents or guardians can search for pond critters, check out a nearby waterfall, tell stories around the campfire and fall in love with the natural world.
Overnight in the backcountry Overnight in the backcountry
Located on the eastern shoulder of Mount Cardigan, AMC’s High Cabin revels in backcountry solitude and the Lakes Region beauty you crave. Wake up to breathtaking views and gear up for a day on the trails.
Ski it Ski it
50 miles of backcountry ski trails crisscross AMC’s 1,200 acres surrounding Cardigan Lodge. Whether a novice or more advanced skier, our network of trails offers the right level of challenge. Immerse yourself in Cardigan’s ski lodge heritage, and admire winter’s beauty as you glide through our woods.
Visit a waterfall or explore a nature trail Visit a waterfall or explore a nature trail
A short, easy hike to Welton Falls or on one of our nature trail loops makes for a great post-breakfast or late afternoon adventure.

Open year round. Full service (meals) available during weekends January through March, and from last week of May through mid-October.  Self-service available at other times.

2015 Full Service Season: weekends January 2, 2015 through March 28, 2015; daily May 29, 2015 through October 17, 2015.

2016 Full Service Season: weekends January 1, 2016 through March 26, 2016; daily May 27, 2016 through October 15, 2016.  

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