Pawtuckaway State Park Trails

#1 of 4 trails in Pawtuckaway State Park
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
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Kyle MacKenzie
4 days ago

5 Completed0 Reviews

Rachel Aronne
9 days ago

2 Completed0 Reviews

Kendall Hankins
17 days ago

1 Completed0 Reviews


Jeanette Flynn
23 days ago

9 Completed4 Reviews

PapaJoe Gaudet
29 days ago

3 Completed0 Reviews

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.

Kelly Darlene
1 month ago

9 Completed0 Reviews

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!

Alina&Mike McDougalwicz
6 months ago

11 Completed7 Reviews

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!

K. Hayes
7 months ago

4 Completed4 Reviews

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.

Amparo B.
7 months ago

Easy trail. Good for young kids.

Ashley Peterson
8 months ago

5 Completed2 Reviews

Beautiful views. There was a pretty steep part of the climb, but well worth it.

Ray Kluender
8 months ago

8 Completed1 Reviews

Easy hike with a pretty last half mile or so and nice views from the peak, but most of the trail weaves between bogs and there are an ungodly number of Mosquitos.

Bring bug spray!

Dylan Stanclift
8 months ago

4 Completed2 Reviews

love it here, fairly easy hike with great views

Aleithia Tombarelli
8 months ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

Didn't like it

Doug La Porte
9 months ago

6 Completed4 Reviews

Doug La Porte
9 months ago

6 Completed4 Reviews

Great but to many bugs

Caroline Macomber
9 months ago

7 Completed4 Reviews

Robyn Skinner Wilkie
10 months ago

7 Completed3 Reviews

I hiked from the main park entrance towards north peak, which didn't look all that far away by the map. It was much further than I expected, and trails were not all well maintained, signs were unclear- listed trail names that weren't on my map?- and there was horse manure everywhere in the middle of the trails. Tons of bugs and walking through all the overgrown grass in the trails made me worry about ticks. Someone later told me that south peak is much more enjoyable hike. Seems like a nice park and its enormous, I didn't have the time to explore more, but will definitely give it another chance.

Samantha McCarty
1 year ago

21 Completed19 Reviews

I've done this one many times. Great way to hang out with some friends on a hot day!

Jesse Carlson
2 years ago

5 Completed6 Reviews

Just like my last review, I hiked the Pawtuckaway South Ridge, starting at the trailhead at Round Pound road. The little parking lot was cleared of all snow, despite the snow on the ground. The trails seemed well enough maintained. Make sure you bring crampons, though, that trail was one long sheet of ice. My only complaint was the sign after the initial hike in from Round Pound Road that should have been at Round Pound to say where the South Ridge trail was, was missing at the time of my hike. I knew the trail hugged the lake, so it was easy to find it, just a little confusing at first. The white trail blazes were easy enough to follow, and from there all the signage remained in tacked. The woods and hills with this beautiful winding trail were absolutely wonderful. I think I like this trail in the winter more than the summer. The views from the top of the South Ridge were beautiful on the sunny clear day that I hiked it. I would totally recommend this hike to anyone looking to do a relatively easy winter hike. It look me one hour and ten minutes to ascend, then one hour to descend. Oh, another thing that might be good to note: the trails were empty of other people. The only person I saw through the whole hike was a lady at the trailhead when I was done. I hiked at noon on a Tuesday.

Leah Megan
2 years ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

Trails were well marked, but could use some maintenance.