Madison, New Hampshire: America's Largest Glacial Traveler

It's a rock, and "large" does not do it justice. It's huge. It stands alone in the woods and has its own parking lot.

Madison Boulder Nature Area

Address:
Boulder Rd, Madison, NH
Directions:
Madison Boulder Nature Area. I-93 exit 32 onto Hwy 112. Drive east 35.5 miles. Turn right onto Hwy 113/Hwy 16/White Mountain Hwy. South one mile, then left onto Hwy 113. Drive 2.5 miles, then right on Boulder Rd.
Phone:
603-823-7722 x757
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Boulder - America's Largest Glacial Traveler

Our family has made a number of trips to New Hampshire for vacations (including the harrowing ride up Mt. Washington), but one of our odd side trips was to the Madison Boulder, billed as America's largest glacial traveler. The boulder is a large rock that sits in the woods about a quarter of a mile off the main road near Madison, NH. It is about the size of a 3-story building.

Its claim to fame is that it bears no resemblance to the rocks of the area. It was lopped off the top of a mountain miles away and deposited there by the glaciers during the ice age. Judging by the boulder's environs, it is a popular place for beer parties by local youths. There is a sign and a small parking lot for viewing the boulder. We discovered it in the guide to the "Lakes Region" of New Hampshire, published by the local Chamber of Commerce.

We've been there twice. If we return to NH in the future, we may stop by again. What we won't go through to have a good time!

[Gretchen Maresco, 08/27/2000]

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