Pawtuckaway State Park

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7 Pawtuckaway Road
Nottingham, NH 03290
Phone: 603-895-3031

Activities and Amenities


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. 

Make a Reservation

Reservations are now required at Pawtuckaway State Park: Visitors should make a reservation before arriving at the park as parking is limited. Visitors who do not make a reservation will be turned away. When planning a visit, reservations must be made prior to the arrival and no later than 5pm the day of your visit. Please plan ahead in the event the parking areas reach capacity.

Hiking/Beach Pass Fee: $5 per person + $1 transaction fee

A parking pass reservation to visit Pawtuckaway guarantees a parking spot when you arrive at the park. There are 3 passes available to gain access to Pawtuckaway. Pick a button below to make a reservation. 

>128 Mountain Rd, Nottingham (Access to Fire Tower via Mountain Trail, Fundy, Shaw, Woronoco and Split Rock and car top boat launch)
>190 Reservation Rd, Deerfield (Access North Mtn., Middle Mtn., South Mtn., Fire Tower, Boulder Field and Round Pond)
>128 Mountain Rd, Nottingham (Access to beach, playground and picnic area)

Which Trailhead Should You Choose?

  • Main Entrance: Fire Tower (4.4 mile round trip) via Mountain Trail, Fundy Trail, Shaw Trail, Woronoco Trail and Split Rock Trail - or car top boat launch.
  • Reservation Road: North Mountain, Middle Mountain, South Mountain, Fire Tower, Boulder Field and Round Pond.
  • Beach Access: Beach, playground and picnic area.
See graphic below and the Pawtuckaway Hiking Map for more help in choosing a trailhead.

Parks Plate and Season Pass holders are also encouraged to make reservations. There will be a limited number of parking spaces set aside for plate/pass holders. There is a $1 non-refundalble online transaction fee. For more information visit our day-use reservation page.

Operating Schedule

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.

Fee Dates Hours
Adults: $5
Children (6-11): $2
Open Daily
June 4 - November 15, 2020
8am to sunset

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.

Boat Rentals Full Day
Tandem Kayaks, Canoes,
& Paddleboards
Single Kayaks $65
Kids Kayaks $65
*We are currently doing only day rentals for $65 per day with limited availability. We reccommend that visitors bring their own lifejackets as well.

Beach Advisories

For listings of current advisories, please visit the State of New Hampshire, Department of Environmental Services Beach Advisories website page.

Alcohol is prohibited at the Pawtuckaway State Park Beach Area

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.

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. 

Reserve a Campsite

Campground Schedule: 
Campground Dates Office Hours Camping Rate Per Night
June 4 - October 25, 2020 Mon-Wed: 9am - 5pm
Thurs: 8:30am - 8pm
Fri - Sat: 8:30am - 9pm
Sunday: 8:30am - 8pm
$25 - 30/site

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 4 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. 

Are Pets Allowed at Pawtuckaway State Park?

Pets are welcome on the hiking trails through Reservation Road and Round Pond Road only. Pets are NOT permitted through the main gate and into the campground or beach area during the peak season (Memorial Day weekend to Columbus Day weekend). They are welcome through the main gate for hiking and camping before Memorial Day weekend in May and after Columbus Day weekend in October. Pets are not allowed at the beach or picnic areas. 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.

Access for Persons with Disabilities

Please contact the park office directly for information regarding disability access needs.