Saturday, May 26, 2018

Rhodedendron State Park - Fitzwilliam, NH

The Painted Rhodie

Rhododendron State Park is a 2,723 acre park with a 16-acre grove of Rhododendron Maximum, which is the focal point of the park. A half mile-long universally accessible trail encircles the grove allowing visitors to observe, close up, the fragrant clusters of pink blossoms as they bloom in mid-July.

A beautiful wildflower trail, maintained by the Fitzwilliam Garden Club, winds through the forest adjacent to the grove. From early spring to the first frost, wildflowers bloom throughout the 2,723-acre park. The last blooms in the fall are complemented by the forest's brilliant foliage.

The park's website maintains a bloomage report that is quite useful for determining what species are flowering at any given time

The rhododendron grove, which is the largest in northern New England, was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1982.

The park is open from sunrise to sunset, and is managed through Monadnock State Park.

Oak Rhodie Panorama

The Fountain of Life

A Ripple of Hope 

Painted Fungus

Don't Sweat the Small Stuff . . . but do Brake for Moose

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