What to do in Pawtuckaway State Park

Pawtuckaway State Park offers 5,500 acres for camping, exploring the many multi-use trails, picnicking lakeside, fishing, swimming and boating. The park sits on the shores of the 803-acre Pawtuckaway Lake which is great for wildlife viewing. Snowmobiling and cross-country skiing are enjoyed during the winter months.

Pawtuckaway's 5,500 acres offer a variety of opportunities for hiking and mountain biking. Trails wind through an oak and hemlock forest on what used to be pasture land bounded by stone walls. A hike to South Peak leads through a large boulder field with some rocks as tall as thirty feet. An extensive wetland in the park provides great opportunities for viewing wildlife such as beavers, great blue herons, turtles, waterfowl and a variety of song birds. A lucky visitor may even catch a glimpse of a deer or moose.

Recreation
Pawtuckaway State Park offers camping, swimming, hiking, fishing, boating, mountain biking, picnicking, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing. The large 803-acre Pawtuckaway Lake is the center attraction. Day-use fees are $2.50, children 12 & under free. Camping fees range from $16 to $22 per site. There is also a boat launch which charges $5.00 car top boats and $8.00 car and trailers units. Other amenities include a camp store, ball field, playground, bathhouse, picnic shelters, canoe and row boat rentals and showers. The park is open from mid-May to mid-October with facilities varying per season.

Location
Pawtuckaway State Park is located off SR 156 southwest of Nottingham, New Hampshire.

Climate
Winter can be cold with average temperatures ranging around 19 degrees Fahrenheit. The cold temperatures humidity bring heavy, water-laden snow to all parts of the state. Spring begins in mid-March and lasts through May. This time of the year is referred to as mud season in the mountains. The sugar is flowing early in the season and wild flowers bloom toward the end of it. Summer is the busiest season of the year for the tourism industry. This is an excellent time to travel, mountain roads are open and most of the mud has dried. Average summer temperatures range around 68 degrees Fahrenheit. Fall brings the leaf lookers to see the spectacular colors of the deciduous trees. Expect to see bus loads of people enjoying the crisp fall New England weather.

Address
c/o NH Division of Parks & Recreation
P.O. Box 1856, 172 Pembroke Rd
Concord, NH 03302

Phone: 603-895-3031

Fax: 603-271-2629

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