Pawtuckaway State Park offers a variety of landscapes, with something to do and see for everyone. The park includes a large family beach on the lake. There are many opportunities for hiking, with trails leading to many special points of interest, including a mountaintop fire tower; an extensive marsh where beavers, deer, and great blue herons may be seen, and a geologically unique field where large boulders called glacial erratics were deposited when glacial ice melted near the end of the Ice Age. Pawtuckaway State Park Campground lines the shore of beautiful Pawtuckaway Lake. The 195 sites are wooded and many provide views of the lake. Five cabins are available; each sleeps six people, has electricity, and the campsite includes a fire ring and picnic table.
Did a loop from the park HQ to North Mt and back by adding in a visit to South Mt. Starting trails over North Mt were clearly marked and easy to follow. Trails around the Boulder Trail area had poor signage but good blazes on the trail. Signage from the fire tower was a little poor but in retrospect it should have been obvious. Trail conditions were mixed with plenty of clear trails but a fair amount of ice in spots. Descending off North Mt was fairly treacherous. GPS recorded track showed a 10 mile trip that took just about 4 hours to complete with the last hour after sunset. (firetower sunset view was perfect) Some type of traction is highly recommended. HQ Lot > Mountain Trail >Round Pond Trail > North Mt Trail > Boulder Trail > South Ridge Trail > South Mt > Mountain Trail > HQ .
Nice trail for a stroll, but there was not much of a summit. If you are looking for a hike with a great view of lakes and mountains-this is not the trail for you. This is a nice trail, but a little on the longer side. I probably woukd not do this trail again.
Beautiful hike on a beautiful early fall day. Took Boulder Trail by accident instead of heading over to the Bypass road, because trail is not well marked at that point. But all's well that ends well. Ended up taking Boulder Trail to Round Pond Road, up the dirt auto road (Collins Rd) then finally back to North Mt. Bypass to finish the marked hike. Probably made this a 7 mile hike. I recommend the excursion because the ponds are beautiful.