Castle in the Clouds

Southern Lakes Region, New Hampshire

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Castle in the Clouds


  • Falls of Song are a short walk from the one-way road. - Castle in the Clouds
  • Falls of Song at Castle in the Clouds.- Castle in the Clouds
  • Scenic vista along the drive to the top.- Castle in the Clouds
  • A gift shop and picnic area are located near the visitor parking area. - Castle in the Clouds
  • The trolley takes visitors up to the Lucknow Mansion for self-guided tours. - Castle in the Clouds
  • The trolley road to the mansion.- Castle in the Clouds
  • Inside the Lucknow Mansion.- Castle in the Clouds
  • View from the Lucknow Mansion.- Castle in the Clouds
  • The Lucknow Mansion at Castle in the Clouds. - Castle in the Clouds
  • A short trail brings visitors back to the Carriage House. - Castle in the Clouds
  • Riding in the Clouds offers horseback and carriage rides. - Castle in the Clouds
  • Feeding fish at the pond.- Castle in the Clouds
  • Waterfall along a hiking trail. - Castle in the Clouds
  • Waterfall along a hiking trail at Castle in the Clouds. - Castle in the Clouds
Overview + Weather
Family friendly. Great views. Waterfalls. Horseback riding.
Mansion tours are seasonal.
Southern Lakes Region, NH
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Year round: 
Parking Pass: 
Private or commercial fee
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall, Spring
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description


Castle in the Clouds is home to the Lucknow Estate, which at one time included 6,300 acres of land in the Ossipee Mountains of New Hampshire. After selling his shoe manufacturing business, millionaire Thomas G. Plant and his wife retired to the mountains, where they had a mountaintop mansion built in 1914. The mansion was designed by J. Williams Beal & Sons from Boston, who included various types of European and Japanese architecture in their design to create a truly unique home. Given the high elevation of the structure, there are incredible views from every window of the mansion as well as the yard.

Today, a one-way, seasonal road brings visitors past viewpoints and a waterfall, Falls of Song, to the Carriage House, which houses a restaurant, restrooms, and a small museum of historical information about the building and preservation of the Lucknow Mansion. A gift shop and picnic area are adjacent, and a trolley brings visitors up for a self-guided tour of the mansion. In addition to the property’s history, there are also recreational opportunities available. Feed the fish at Shannon Pond, ride horses at Riding in the Clouds, or hike the scenic trails to a number of waterfalls.

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