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.
NOTICE: Public Use Restricted at Summit of South Mountain
The Pawtuckaway Fire Tower is under construction and the public shall remain outside the construction area as posted. Visitors are unable to access the fire tower and can expect to encounter construction equipment on the Tower Trail and at the summit.
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Please Note: Dates and times are weather dependent and subject to change without notice. For up to date hours, please call the park directly. The 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. The iron ranger is available in the front of the office to accept required fees and any donations, when the park is not staffed.
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 trail are not staffed during the off-season. 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, NH residents ages 65 and older with a valid ID are admitted for free; season passes are also available. When the park is unstaffed during the off-season, donations are accepted through the day-use 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 our SCA Interpretive Rangers 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 fire ring, picnic table, flat areas for a tent, and a parking space. The bathhouses are equipped with running water, flush toilets, and 24 hour showers. There are no hook-ups at any of the campsites. The park also has a camp store where canoe and kayak rentals are available, as well as a public canoe and kayak launch. Five cabins are available; each sleeps six people, has electricity, and includes a fire ring and picnic table. Pets are not allowed in the campground or beach area of the park. Reservations made be made online through ReserveAmerica or by calling ReserveAmerica at 1-877-647-2757. Reservations for organized groups camping are required and should be made by calling ReserveAmerica at 1-877-647-2757. Pawtuckaway Campground Map / Pawtuckaway Campground Information/Policies
Camping is allowed at Pawtuckaway State Park from May 1 through October 31.
Fees for campsites cover two adults and are $25 on Big Island inland sites and $30 on all other sites. There is a $10 fee per night for each extra adult, this fee will be paid at the park upon check-in. Campsites are limited to 5 adults, except on designated family campsites and in the cabins. Cabins are $65 per night.
Onsite check-in is required at Office during the Main Season, which runs from the Friday before Memorial Day to in May through Labor Day in September, and at other times when the park is staffed.
Outside of the main camping season, (early spring and late fall) camping is first come, first serve and is limited to the sites designated by the Park Manager. These sites are usually sites 1-24 Horse Island as well as the cabins. Staffing, services, and facilities may be limited during this time. Please use the Iron Ranger (self-serve pay station) to make payments.
Before Memorial Day
(May 2nd - May 25th)
After Labor Day
(Sept 1st - Sept 30th)
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.