Pawtuckaway State Park

Lakes and mountains mingle at this state park which features an extensive network of trails and recreation-friendly roads. Bring bikes, hiking shoes, swimsuits, and the whole family.
Trail Activity
Walking Hiking Snowshoeing
28.8 miles, Network
Easy, Moderate
Deerfield (NH), Nottingham (NH)
Packed Earth/Dirt, Road, Unpaved, Road, Paved
Permitted on leash


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.

Other Information

There is a fee to access this state park; please check the fee schedule on the NH State Parks website. Season passes are available. When park is unstaffed during the season, please use Iron Ranger (self-serve pay station).

Pets are not allowed in the campground or beach area May 1st- September 30th.

Please note that geocaching in not allowed in any New Hampshire State Park.

Trail Manager

Visit NH State Parks online for more information, or contact:

New Hampshire State Parks

New Hampshire State Parks
New Hampshire State Parks
172 Pembroke Road
Concord, NH 03301
Phone: (603) 271-3556
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Trail Tips

Travel on Durable Surfaces
Walk single file in the middle of the trail. Wear the right shoes and enjoy the mud – you're in the great outdoors!
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Trailhead Information

From Manchester: Take NH-101 east for 15 miles to exit-5 for NH-156/107N. Exit and head north on NH-156/107 for 0.6 miles. Turn left to join with NH-27 then turn right after 0.1 miles to leave NH-27/107 and continue north on NH-156/Nottingham Road. After 1.4 miles, turn left onto Mountain Road and proceed 2 miles to the entrance to Pawtuckaway State Park.

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Day Use Reservation Required

Day use reservations are now required at many New Hampshire State Parks. Visit the day use information page at the NH State Parks website to make your reservation. 


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