This is a great time of year to visit Miller State Park in Peterborough. The park encompasses much of Pack Monadnock. A paved road winds up to its 2,290 foot summit, which is topped by a no longer used fire tower that can be climbed for far-reaching views. On a clear day from the top you can see as far as Boston, Mount Washington, and the Green Mountains of Vermont. It’s a great way to see the panoply of colors of a New Hampshire autumn. In addition to riding to the summit, one may hike through the park’s 533 acres; three main trails are marked. Picnicking is also popular.
The park is named after General James Miller, a Peterborough native and hero of the War of 1812. It was the first state park to be established in New Hampshire, in 1891. The park is a carry-in, carry-out park. Miller State Park usually opens on weekends starting Memorial Day weekend, expanding its open times to seven days a week during the peak of foliage season, mid-September through the end of October. It is open from 9AM to sunset; there is a small admission fee. (2012 dates are: open weekends starting May 25; daily beginning September 17 and ending October 31, when the park closes for the year.)
Miller State Park is located on State Route 101 in Peterborough, to the east of the junction with State Route 202. To check the park’s schedule, call 603-924-3672. For more information and photos of the park, see the Miller State Park website.