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Best Trails in Pawtuckaway State Park

65 reviews

#7 of 109 State Parks in New Hampshire

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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.

on North Mountain Loop Trail
3 days ago

hiking

Great hike! Clean, not too many people, really pretty. Not totally flat, but a good low-key hike. Nice dirt road to enter, not a paved parking lot, and multiple trail heads so everyone's not starting from the same spot at the same time - more spread out. We'd do it again!

on Pawtuckaway State Park Tr...
3 days ago

hiking

hiked to fire tower which was under construction good to see it getting fixed not so good for the view but still OK if you find a good rock over looking the lake to have lunch all and all a good steep hike

on North Mountain Loop Trail
3 days ago

Great Trail! Some mildly challenging obstacles both nothing to difficult and the first 3/4 of the trail was very well marked, in fact it seemed to be remarked very recently. The last 1/4 or so the m marking became a little scarce, but the All Trails map guided me perfectly!

on South Mountain Lookout To...
7 days ago

Beautiful forest, marshes, and these amazing boulders. We did a 10.5 mile trek on various trails, leading up to, and down from, fire tower summit. Lots of easy terrain, but pretty steep final approach to summit. Very peaceful.

on South Mountain Lookout To...
10 days ago

hiking

If you have pets do not go through the main entrance during peak summer time. Youu have to go to the main office and have them show you the trails that are accessible during summer. We hiked a total of 7 miles that day with our small dog. Wonderful views once you hit the top! Most definitely will come back here again.

on South Mountain Lookout To...
11 days ago

hiking

Not a pet friendly. we had to turn around!!!!
NO PET ALLOWED

on South Mountain Lookout To...
22 days ago

hiking

You have to cut through the State Park and there you have to pay a day fee to get to this area.

on Pawtuckaway State Park Tr...
1 month ago

hiking

Beautiful and wonderful spot to get a workout.......good spot for a group hike.

on South Mountain Lookout To...
2 months ago

hiking

Mosquitos are bad on some stretches. Nice little hike, first five mile hike for my kiddos, 8, 7 and 2 (carried most of the way). View is pretty incredible, nice little overlook before the tower (marked orange) with a great view of Pawtuckaway Lake.

on North Mountain Loop Trail
2 months ago

hiking

was a decent walk with the wife and two pups

on Pawtuckaway State Park Tr...
2 months ago

hiking

Boulder trail is great for kids. Nice easy walk and great views. Little ones didn't have the energy to make it to the tower. Will try again at a later date. Bring deep woods bug spray!!! We were good with that, others without we're not so happy

on North Mountain Loop Trail
2 months ago

hiking

I would call this easy, not moderate. There's some cool foliage but are we talking about the same summit here?? The views aren't that good... and I don't think it's really challenging at all for someone who's in at all decent shape. It was worth going once, but I may not go again.