About Mount Sunapee


Mount Sunapee, the summit rises to the left, and the Pillsbury-Sunapee Highlands, as seen from Goshen, N.H.

Mount Sunapee—Sunapee Mountain, as charted on federal maps—is in western New Hampshire and rises to its highest point at 2,726 feet above sea level.

Along the five-mile ridge, there are secondary peaks—White Ledges (2,716 feet), North Peak (2,290 feet) and South Peak (2,608 feet). At the northern end of the ridge is the summit, located within Mount Sunapee State Park in Newbury, N.H. The state park extends west into Goshen, east to Newbury Harbor, and south along the Pillsbury-Sunapee Highlands, which connects to Pillsbury State Park in Washington and Goshen.

Mount Sunapee is an iconic mountain—beloved for its natural, cultural, recreational and historical resources. On and around the mountain there are diverse ecosystems, vital water resources, and precious forestland including ancient forest and exemplary natural communities. The vast acreage of protected land provides habitat for wildlife, and open space for public outdoor enjoyment, discovery, and recreation.

Mount Sunapee State Park (including the Pillsbury-Sunapee corridor) covers approximately 2,962 ± acres, which takes in:

  • wild, forested highlands including rare old growth and exemplary forest community systems,
  • a network of hiking trails,
  • a secluded campground offering lean-to and platform sites on the mountain,
  • the developed ski area, and
  • lakeside beach and boat launch (with limitations) on Lake Sunapee.

The parks seasonal and year-round pursuits: from alpine skiing, hiking and snowshoeing to camping, fishing, boating, swimming, picnicking and other recreational outdoor activities.

According to State of New Hampshire mapping, the park includes 2787.2 ± acres in Newbury and 174.9 ± in Goshen.

The state leases the ski area to a private operator. In September 2018, Vail Resorts acquired the Mount Sunapee lease and ski area/resort operations. The leasehold area is now approximately 1,135 acres, according to a revised lease area map.

On Mount Sunapee, the Monadnock-Sunapee Greenway—a hiking trail that links Grand Monadnock with Mount Sunapee—connects with the Sunapee-Ragged-Kearsarge Greenway.  The SRK Greenway is a 75-mile loop of interconnected hiking trails, which circle the Lake Sunapee area and link Sunapee, Ragged and Kearsarge mountains.

Download/view: Mount Sunapee State Park – Trail Map (pdf  156kb)

Links to N.H. Division of Parks & Recreation:  Mount Sunapee State Park and Mount Sunapee State Park Campground Information

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