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Polar Caves Park has passageways through Granite revealing mineral formations of quartz, mica, garnet and beryl in eight caves. The 20,000-year-old caves are in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

The cave name was chosen since its deepest mine is cold enough to sustain snow into the summer months. Average cave temperature is 55˚, which can be refreshing on hot New England days. It is on route 25, 5 miles west of US 93 in the town of Romney.

The cave has an easy walking self-guided tour that’s well marked, with many stairs. Signs posted are both outside and insides the mines with information of flora, fauna and local history. One passageway known as the Lemon Squeeze leaves a lasting impression on participants.

In addition to its primary attraction of caves are an old-fashioned sugarhouse, gardens, nature and history trails within a scenic mountain landscape. A kid’s zoo has unusual game birds and pheasants. There is a semi educational mining game that kids love.

Asquamchemauke Indians used the caves for hundreds of years until their discovery by teenage boys in 1922. Cave usage over the years were for a refuge of escaped slaves, and rumrunners with remaining evidence of a wood burning stove and cider press.

Admission
Ages 11 – Adult $16.50
Ages 4-10 $11.50
Guided Tour
Ages 11 – Adult $19.50
Ages 4-10 $14.50
Admission Hours
May – October
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Address
Polar Caves Park
705 route 25
Rumney, NH

Rumney is a town of 1,480 population on the southern edge of White Mountain National Forest. It was settled in 1765 when farmers found the towns soil fertile. By 1859 population increased to 1,109 with growth of 15 sawmills, a ladder factory and large tannery.

Polar Caves Park Rocks is a popular location for sport rock climbing routes. There are numerous quality climbs at all grades, with guides available from Rumney Climbers Association to make the experience a safe one.

White Mountain National Forest is a 750,852 acre federally managed forest in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. The area has 23 campgrounds, 1,200 miles of trails, and a number of ski resorts.
The White Mountains of New Hampshire are a mountain range covering nearly one fourth of the state of New Hampshire and a portion of Maine. They are part of the Appalachian Mountains and considered the most rugged mountains in New England. It is best known for its highest peak Mt. Washington at 6,288’ elevation, in line with other summits within the Presidential Range.

Polar Caves Park is a 6 3/4 hour drive of 400 miles from Rochester NY. Drive I-90 east to Albany then route 7 northeast to US 91 in New Hampshire. Drive on US 91 north past Lebanon exiting on route 25 driving southeast after Rumney following signs to Polar Caves Park.
One visitor made the following comment.
“I am so glad we drove an hour to go here, memories that will last a lifetime! :)”

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