705 New Hampshire 25
Rumney, NH 03266
Open May 3-early November, see website for schedule.
The Polar Caves were formed fifty thousand years ago as the third continental glacier descended over New Hampshire’s White Mountains. When the ice retreated, it left behind an amazing series of caves and passageways for visitors to explore, and the largest glacially-deposited boulder in the entire world!
Our caves are granite caves and do not have stalactites or stalagmites, which are found in limestone caves. Instead they were formed when the glacier moved overhead dropping boulders at the base of Hawk’s cliff. These boulders formed passageways, which over the years we have built boardwalks through to make a neat experience. We've been delighting visitors of all ages since 1922!
Self-guided tours take you to the Giant Rock Garden Boulder Maze, miles of shaded nature trails through our pine forest and through the caves. Along the way you can learn about the local Indian tribes the summered on the Baker River. Behind the Maple Sugar House we have some nice trails to explore along with a gazebo, which is a great place to carry in and carry out a picnic lunch. A beautiful shaded picnic area with grills and tables is provided. Enjoy scenic mountain vistas from the Raven's Roost and the Profile Platform.
We have many friendly year-round residents here at the Polar Caves. Follow deer, peacocks, a wide variety of duck, and pheasants from around the world. They love visitors, especially visitors with some corn in their hand!
The Maple Sugar House and Museum is a great place for a sweet treat of old fashioned candy and maple confections. Take a step back in time in our maple sugaring display from when the house was actively producing maple products. Discover hidden gems and fossils from our Polar Sluice or dare to explore the Klondike Mine in search of minerals and gems.