Pawtuckaway State Park Trails

MODERATE
#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
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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Monica Foley
1 day ago

3 Completed4 Reviews

Faith Noël
6 days ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

Meg Gaskell
7 days ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

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

Jeanelle Dominguez
22 days ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

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

Kyle MacKenzie
28 days ago

5 Completed5 Reviews

Rachel Aronne
1 month ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

Kendall Hankins
1 month ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Great!

Jeanette Flynn
1 month ago

9 Completed5 Reviews

PapaJoe Gaudet
1 month ago

3 Completed1 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
2 months ago

9 Completed6 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
7 months ago

27 Completed16 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
8 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.
8 months ago

Easy trail. Good for young kids.

Ashley Peterson
9 months ago

5 Completed2 Reviews

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

Ray Kluender
9 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
9 months ago

4 Completed2 Reviews

love it here, fairly easy hike with great views

Aleithia Tombarelli
9 months ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

Didn't like it

Doug La Porte
10 months ago

6 Completed4 Reviews

Doug La Porte
10 months ago

6 Completed4 Reviews

Great but to many bugs

Caroline Macomber
10 months ago

7 Completed7 Reviews