Pillsbury State Park

Trail Overview

A secluded and forested state park with hiking trails along ponds and to scenic viewpoints
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Trail Activity
Hiking Mountain biking Snowshoeing
Length
16.7 miles, Network
Difficulty
Easy, Moderate, Advanced
Town
Washington (NH)
Surface
Packed Earth/Dirt, Rock/Ledge, Grass/Meadow
Pets
Permitted on leash
Fees
Yes
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Description

The trails at Pillsbury State Park skirt remote ponds and traverses forested ridges. The diverse habitats host a variety of wildlife, including moose and loons. Cellar holes and farmstead remnants can also be seen dating from over 200 years ago when the area was called Cherry Valley.

The trail to Balance Rock, an interesting and precariously balanced glacial erratic, climbs steeply at times. There is also the opportunity to make a loop hike to Lucia's Lookout, with views across the landscape, using the Five Summers and Monadnock-Sunapee Greenway trails.

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Other Information

Fees: Admission is $4 for adults; $2 for children ages 6-11; children ages 5 and under and NH residents age 65 and over are admitted free. Season passes are available. When park is unstaffed during the season, please use Iron Ranger (self-serve paystation).

Season: The park is fully operational mid-May through mid-October. Trail-use is allowed off season, but users will have to park outside of the park gates. 

Camping: Pillsbury State Park has over 30 campsites, both in the campground and along the Park's trails. For more information, visit the Parks camping website

Trail Manager

For more information, visit the Pillsbury State Park website or contact:

New Hampshire State Parks

New Hampshire State Parks
New Hampshire State Parks
172 Pembroke Road
Concord, NH 03301
Phone: (603) 271-3556
nhparks@dncr.nh.gov
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Trail Tips

Plan Ahead and Prepare
Make a Plan B before you head out the door. If the parking lot is full when you arrive at the trailhead, go to your second destination.
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Trailhead Information

From Washington, head north on NH-31 for 4.2 miles. Turn right on Clemac Trail and go through the Pillsbury State Park gatehouse to pay the day-use fee. Continue on Clemac Trail for one mile to a roundabout where there is trail parking.

During the off-season, parking is outside the gatehouse. To get to the trailheads, walk one mile down Clemac Trail. 

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