Cardigan Lodge

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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Cardigan Lodge hosts two private lodge rooms with double bed and private bath, as well as 13 lodge bunkrooms with hallway bath (2-, 4-, and 6-bunk rooms can be reserved as private rooms).

Towel and linens are provided during summer full-service season; please bring a sleeping bag and towel during self-service and winter meal service seasons.

Check In/Out

Check In: 3:00 PM

Check Out: 11:00 AM

Meal Service

Dinner and breakfast are included in the full-service room rate.

Breakfast: Served family-style at 7:30 AM sharp


Saturday-Thursday: Served family style at 6:00 PM sharp

Friday: Dinner buffet available from 6:00 PM-8:00 PM

Meals available to campsite guests by prior arrangement. Please notify AMC Reservations if you have food allergies or any other dietary restrictions.

Other Features

Put your feet up and enjoy Cardigan Lodge's comfortable living room with cozy fireplace or enjoy a quiet read in the Library. Relax on our deck and take in the view of Cardigan summit and the nearby wading pond.

Guest can make use of the pack room for storing group gear, as well as the guest refrigerator. A small retail store offers books, maps, logo gear, and last minute items.

Wintertime guests can immerse themselves in Cardigan's ski lodge history and take advantage of the 50 miles of ski trails that criss-cross our 1,200 acres of Lakes Region forest.

Our friendly staff is always available to assist with trip planning, weather, and trails information.


We are not able to accommodate pets at Cardigan Lodge, the campsites, or High Cabin.

Quiet Hours

Please be respectful of other guests and observe quiet hours from 10:00 PM to 7:00 AM.


Alcoholic beverages are permitted at the lodge, and should be consumed in a responsible manner.

Before You Go

What to Bring

The right clothing and gear are essential in the unpredictable weather of the Northeast's mountains. Even if it feels like summer in the valleys, it can be cold and winter-like on the high peaks. Use our gear guides to make sure you're packing everything you need for comfort and safety.


Cardigan Lodge

774 Shem Valley Rd
Alexandria, NH 03222

Emergency Contact, Information, Conditions

Cardigan Lodge Front Desk:
(603) 744-8011

Reservation Changes

AMC Reservations: (603) 466-2727
Monday-Saturday 9:00 AM–5:00 PM

Top Things to Do

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.

Climb "Old Baldy"

Hikers of all ages enjoy a hike up Mount Cardigan. The first big mountain hike for many visitors, this 5-mile round trip rewards with inspiring 360-degree views.

Overnight in the backcountry

Located on the eastern shoulder of Mount Cardigan, AMC's High Cabin offers backcountry solitude with the Lakes Region beauty you crave.

Ski trails for miles

Novice and advanced skiers alike will find just the right challenge on the 50 miles of backcountry ski trails that crisscross AMC's 1,200 acres surrounding Cardigan Lodge.


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