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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.

We did a day hike in the area. We started by the beach and went to round pound. Lots of bugs. But it's summer in the woods. We didn't catch any fish even though they were jumping out of the water. There are not many scenic views the way we went. Back and forth took us 5 hours we are not the most athletic people but it is definitely doable for beginners or people with dogs you just need to push yourself!

Great trail beautiful place black flies where horrible the trail porky marked ended up doing nearly 10 miles due to no signs on trails.

Great scenery bugs where horrible and the trails are marked with white diamonds but there is little or no signage to tell you where you are. It is beautiful area though.

We were looking for something moderately long. 5 miles was at the edge of what we wanted, but since we had to park at the park headquarters and walk to the trailhead we added a mile to that including a pretty good hill at the end. I did see some kids at the top but I don't think the outing is for most little ones, unless they are hiking pros.
The view from the top was OK, but not great. There is a fire tower up but they were working on it so it was not open.
Be careful because the park seems to blaze everything in white and we started off the summit on the wrong trail and had to backtrack.
In general I would rate this hike poorly on the effort to reward ratio.

Love this trail - great area to explore. You can add on or shorten length of trip easily. Just make sure you have a map because there are LOTS of intersecting trails.

The Boulder field is incredible.

This is easy with some uphill when starting from the state park road, and mountain trail, and then take round pond to head over to reservation road and from there to several other trails. One fun loop is to head up reservation rd to mountain trail and take the first left for a scramble up a steeper climb, or take the 2nd left for a gentler path to catch a view from south mountain and then head back down mountain trail back to state park road.

Done this loop a bunch of times. It is Fundy/Shaw/Split Rock/Woronoco/Fundy. Early season runoff makes a beautiful waterfall and meditation place on Shaw trail. Interesting and some very large glacial erratics on Split Rock Trail. I get annoyed though at all the miscellaneous back and forth zigzagging of this trail loop. There seems to be no purpose to it other than to make the trail longer. No scenic views or unusual features (other than the glacial erratics). Once you know the loop it can be quite tempting to shorten it.

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1 month ago

great hike. I'm recovering from foot surgery and am slowly getting back into hiking.

it was a good hike and some difficult parts of the trail. we entered through fundy and found it hard to follow a route because there were pretty much no directions posted and/or mile markers. the few posted were not helpful at all actual more confusing. it was a 4 hour hike and the only bummer was we couldn't make it to the top because there were no direction.