South Mountain Lookout Tower Trail is a 5.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Nottingham, NH that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
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.
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.
Not a pet friendly. we had to turn around!!!!
NO PET ALLOWED
You have to cut through the State Park and there you have to pay a day fee to get to this area.
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.
Beautiful hike! Just long enough and challenging enough but not too hard. Trails were well marked. Summit isn't amazing but the view from the tower is pretty good. Bugs were TERRIBLE!!! (Early May) Dogs loved it, but be careful on the rock ledges near the summit if you have a clumsy crazy dog. Mine fell off a ledge and scraped his chin. Lightly trafficked on a Tuesday afternoon, but I would imagine it gets pretty busy on the weekends. Would do this one again... With bug spray! :)
Excellent view from fire tower, well maintained trails. Heavily trafficked is my only complaint, however it's understandable given the gorgeous views and excellent hiking.
Interesting site and hike, got me huffing and puffing. It is interesting to see the volcanic caldara that these mountains form.
The bugs will eat you alive on a hot muggy day, but I love both North + South
This hike is part of the Pawtuckaway State Park this trail is one of several you can do a longer version coming in from the camping area side or a another side trail on the way to this base. At this one you can drive right to the base area so the hike is right up the mountain. It is short but there are many interesting spots going up with Big rocks and ledges to explore, The road to this base was very rough and somewhat flooded due to Beaver activity on the waters near the roadway,so if you don't have a 4 wheel drive you might want to stop and walk in some of the way . There are several old home sites and Grave yards to explore dating back to the late 1700's and early 1800's when this area was lived in .
Not manned anymore but super easy hike great for the kids and dogs. It took us about 25 minutes to get up and 12 to get down only .8 of a mile
I have climbed this several times, The easy way is up and back but there are several other trails in the area and a longer hike can be done as a loop. Check the NH DRED website for maps. Great views from the top and an easy hike. Can be busy at times but never crowded. Not sure if it is still manned but a few years ago it was and you can go into the tower if there is someone there.