Pawtuckaway State Park Trails

MODERATE 39 reviews
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Pawtuckaway State Park Trails is a 9.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Nottingham, NH that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from February until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

9.1 miles 1578 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

camping

canoeing

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

rock climbing

snowshoeing

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

bugs

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16 days ago

LOVED this hike/nature walk!! So many trails to make it as short or as long as you want. We did ten miles that were quite easy. Just beautiful forests, picturesque ponds, and amazing boulders! Such a great day!! Definitely will do it again!!!

18 days ago

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1 month ago

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

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3 months ago

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

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3 months ago

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3 months ago

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

4 months ago

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4 months ago

Moderate climb at the end - watch out for mosquitos!!! Great views from the fire tower.

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4 months ago

Pretty good , nice steep incline at the end. Not much for scenery

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5 months ago

Great!

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5 months ago

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5 months ago

Pawtuckaway State Park is one of four entrances to the triple peaked Pawtuckaway Mountain's forest. The driving road can be reach via Reservation Rd, Deerfield. Boats from Fundy Launch off Deerfield Rd, Nottingham. Free trailhead on Round Pond Rd in Nottingham by the Deerfield line. The forest is filled with sites worth visiting; a fire tower, lake, cellar holes, graveyards, ponds, streams, cliffs, caves, wells and a huge number of gigantic boulders. Diverse fauna and flora not only include wild species of nuts and friuts, but the naturalized apples and black walnuts left behind with the old farms.

This is a place that will surprise you for years of exploring. There are parts for every type of outdoor activity, except whitewater. Do your homework or miss out on the best it has to offer for you.

6 months ago

I highly recommend the fire tower trail. the view from the top is beautiful. I also really loved the Boulder Park. Patuckaway has a lot to offer and if you're in the area it is worth a visit!

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11 months ago

One of the better day hikes in this area. I did the extended loop, going straight across the peak and down the northern face of the mountain instead of taking the left turn at the top. The trail ends on a fire road, which you travel along for a short distance to get back on the main loop trail described here. I'd definitely recommend doing it that way, that extra mile or so was one of my favorite parts of the trip. Very cool rocks, and you go by some picturesque ponds. Keep an eye out for some foundations from an old settlement on the way back.
There's a pretty good view from a ledge before you reach the peak. Right at the end of the steep part of the climb there's a small, orange-blazed trail going off to the right. In a few hundred feet you reach the ledge. Great views and much less windy than on the fire tower.
Overall, the hike was nothing to write home about, but definitely nice enough to be worth doing if you're in the area and the weather is cooperative. I'd recommend doing it early spring or fall to avoid bugs, as it's marshy and buggy in the summer. Bring a good map as many of the trails aren't well marked. Pawtuckaway offers many other opportunities for outdoor recreation, including some very nice camping sites, so including this hike in a weekend of camping is the best way to do it!

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1 year ago

Pretty easy short day hike. Took the trail to the fire tower from the trailhead near the checkpoint. Slow climb until the last half mile or so where it gets steep. The trail is well marked and only takes a few hours. The view from the fire tower is really beautiful and worth the trip. Saw a lot of young kids enjoying the trail as well.