About The 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.
Beach Policy: The Pawtuckaway State Park beach area often reaches capacity in the morning hours on weekends and holidays and once it reaches capacity the beach will be closed to additional visitors to ensure the safety of our visitors. A list of New Hampshire State Park swimming locations is posted here; Kingston State Park and Bear Brook State Park are both approximately a half-hour from Pawtuckaway State Park. Alcohol is prohibited at the Pawtuckaway State Park Beach Area
Pawtuckaway Trail Map & Information
Pawtuckaway State Park Improvement Project, 2024
Recreation to replace obsolete infrastructure, add new infrastructure and supporting facilities (i.e. toilet buildings), to support existing visitors and meet the demand for camping experiences.
The Division is proposing to do the following:
- Construct a new recreational vehicle dump station along the park road.
- Demolish and replace 5 toilet buildings in the Big Island and Horse Island camping areas.
- The project includes construction of new septic systems.
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.
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. 24 hour showers are available on Big Island and Horse Island. 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.
Alcohol is prohibited at the Pawtuckaway State Park Beach Area
Youth Group Camping
Let NH State Parks set the stage for your group’s next adventure.
Youth Camping Sites can only be booked through the Concord Office by calling 603-271-3556 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
A $25 deposit will be required upon reservation, all additional fees will be collected at the park upon check-in. All Camping policy rules apply to youth group camping. Youth Groups camping at remote sites, Umbagog, or Dry River must pay in full prior to arrival.
For More information, please visit our School & Youth Group Page.
Are Pets Allowed at Pawtuckaway State Park?
Leashed pets are welcome on hiking trails only. Pets are NOT permitted in the campground or beach area during the summer season (May 1 - September 30). *Campers are only allowed to bring pets before May 1 and after September 30, which includes the cabins. See the NH State Parks Pets Policy for more information.
Group Use Reservations
For information on this parks pavilion rental please visit Pavilions & Group Use page.
Youth Group Day Use
Youth and School Groups must call the park directly at least 2 weeks prior to arrival to make reservations before visiting. The Bus Pass Program is available for NH youth organizations that meet the program criteria (for more information and applications, please visit BUS PASS PROGRAM.)
Groups that do not meet the qualification for the Bus Pass Program are eligible to receive a discounted rate. For More information, please visit our School & Youth Group Page.
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.
Keep Your Parks Clean
Access for Persons with Disabilities
Visit our Accessibility page. For more information on specific accessibilty needs or questions, please contact the individual park office directly.
Drone use is restricted at all NH State Parks. Drone operators are not permitted to take off or land within NH State Park boundaries.