Pawtuckaway State Park
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. Alcohol is prohibited at the Pawtuckaway State Park Beach Area.
Pawtuckaway Trail Map
Pawtuckaway Trail Information
NOTICE: Due to the popularity of Pawtuckaway State Park's beach area on nice weekends and holidays, the beach will most likely sell-out in the morning hours. Once the beach area reaches capacity additional beach goers cannot be admitted due to safety concerns. Hiker's, boaters and fisherman will still be allowed into the park.
Please Note: Dates and times are weather dependent and subject to change without notice. For up to date hours, please call the park directly. This park is always open for recreation unless otherwise posted. During off hours and the off-season the park is typically not staffed, comfort stations are not available and gates may be closed.
Children (6-11): $2
The off-season poses unique risks inherent when participating in outdoor recreational activities. Please be aware that many State Park areas and trails are not staffed during the off-season and donations are accepted for day-use fees through the iron ranger. Recreationists should possess the necessary knowledge, skill, and equipment to ensure their own safety. Users assume all risk while recreating in State Park lands.
Admission is $5 for adults; $2 for children ages 6-11; children ages 5 and under and NH residents age 65 and over are admitted free with the presentation of a valid ID. Season passes are available. When park is unstaffed during the off-season, day-use fees and donations are accepted through the iron ranger.
Discover the Power of Parks Programming
Interpretive, nature-based programs will be offered at Pawtuckaway State Park all summer long as part of the Discover Power of Parks. Programs will be presented by Interpretive Ranger, Renee Harding in the park each week. Check out the Pawtuckaway program schedule for more information. All programs are free with paid park admission. No pre-registration is required.
Camping at Pawtuckaway State Park
Pawtuckaway State Park Campground lines the shore of beautiful Pawtuckaway Lake. The 192 sites are wooded and many provide views of the lake. Each campsite has an open fireplace, picnic table, flat area for a tent, and a parking space. Each campsite (excluding group and family sites) can hold up to 5 adults, the first 2 being covered under the campsite fee. The remaining adults will owe an extra adult fee upon check-in. Running water, flush toilets, a camp store, boat launch, and canoe and kayak rentals are available. Showers are accessible 24 hours a day. The campground is open for the season May 1st, 2016. Reservations may be made online through ReserveAmerica or by calling ReserveAmerica at 1-877-647-2757. Reservations for organized youth group camping are required and should be made by calling ReserveAmerica at 1-877-647-2757. Five cabins are available; each sleeps six people, has electricity, and includes a fire ring and picnic table. Pawtuckaway Campground Map / Pawtuckaway Campground Information/Policies Campground Schedule:
||Camping Rate Per Night |
||Before Memorial Day (May 2nd - May 25th):
Friday 9am-9pm; Saturday 9am-8pm; Sunday 9am-7 pm
After Labor Day (Sept 1st - Sept 30th):
Sunday 830am-7pm; Monday - Thursday 830am-6pm; Friday 830am-9pm; Saturday 830am-8pm
Sunday - Thursday 9am-5pm; Friday 830am-9pm; Saturday 830am-8pm
|$25 (Big Island inland, no hookups)|
$30 (all other sites, no hookups)
*Cabins: $65/night; $360/week
The main operating season for the campground is Memorial Day to Columbus Day. Outside of the main camping season, (early spring and late fall) camping is first come, first serve and weather permitting. Staffing, services, and facilities may be limited during this time. Please use iron ranger (self-service pay station) to make payment.
*Cabins: Weekly reservations are from Saturday to Saturday check with the campground office for walk-in options. The fee covers one to six people, with a maximum of six people per yurt/cabin.
Planning an Outing?
Pawtuckaway State Park is a great location to hold a family reunion, corporate outing, wedding, and more. For more information, check out our Outings in State Parks
page and see a complete listing and photos of all our State Park Pavilions and Group Use Areas
Are pets allowed at Pawtuckaway State Park?
Pets always allowed on hiking trails through Reservation Road all season, not through the main entrance. Pet are not permitted in the campground or beach area during the main camping season. Pets are allowed through the main gate before Memorial day and after Columbus day. See the NH State Parks Pets Policy for more information.
Keep Your Parks Clean
Through the Carry-In/Carry-Out Program, you can help us keep your parks clean and beautiful by carrying out whatever you carry in. Thank you for your cooperation and remember to recycle.
For listings of current advisories, please visit the State of New Hampshire, Department of Environmental Services Beach Advisories website page.
Access for Persons with Disabilities
Please contact the park office directly for information regarding disability access needs.
The New Hampshire State Park Experience Blog
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Pawtuckaway Campground Map