Mount Cardigan rises out of the Shem Valley as a beacon for outdoor lovers. Next to 5,000-acre Mount Cardigan State Forest, Cardigan Lodge is located on a 1,200-acre reservation owned by AMC and is a short 2-hour drive from Boston.
Brief closure from March 26, 2023 - April 27, 2023
Entire lodge rentals available in the Spring, Fall and Winter seasons
Private rooms available
No dogs overnight
Whether snowshoeing, backcountry skiing, hiking, or camping, Cardigan Lodge offers the perfect setting to easily enjoy the outdoors. Guests can access more than 50 miles of hiking and historic ski trails, built by the Civilian Conservation Corp., directly from the lodge and choose from numerous routes up to Cardigan Mountain’s 3,121-foot treeless granite summit. Known as ‘Old Baldy,’ Mount Cardigan is a three-peaked mountain with Cardigan the highest, flanked by the neighboring summits of South Peak and Firescrew. The 360-degree panorama includes views of Mount Monadnock, the White Mountains, Camel’s Hump in Vermont, and Pleasant Mountain in Maine.
Group and individual walk-in campsites are available for reservations and are easily accessible for those wishing to camp and enjoy the quiet forest, waterfalls, and swimming in the Lodge’s nearby pond. A small retail store offers books, maps, gear, gifts and other last-minute items. Our Demo Center offers guests the opportunity to try out Deuter backpacks and LEKI poles for free.
Our Commitment to Sustainable Operations
AMC has a long-standing commitment to using its huts, lodges, and sporting camps as models for sustainable operations and environmental stewardship. At Cardigan Lodge we use solar panels and have a car charging station. Our food is locally sources and we trade food waste with a local farmer for firewood and snowplowing services. Cardigan Lodge also offers environmental education opportunities.