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Camping at Pawtuckaway State Park

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Overview of Pawtuckaway State Park

Pawtuckaway State Park is a beautiful and popular recreation area located in southeastern New Hampshire, encompassing over 5,000 acres. It offers a range of natural features, including a large lake, wetlands, an extensive forest, and a mountain giving campers a perfect spot to engage in a myriad of outdoor activities such as hiking, swimming, fishing, and wildlife observation.

Camping at Pawtuckaway State Park

Campsites: The park offers a variety of camping options, including tent sites, RV sites without hookups, and a few cabins for rent. The camping season typically runs from early May through Columbus Day, weather permitting.

Reservations and Fees: Due to its popularity, it's advisable to make reservations, which can be done online via the New Hampshire State Parks website or by calling the park directly. Fees for campsites vary depending on the type of site and time of year.

Amenities: Most campsites include a picnic table, fire ring, and nearby restrooms. Some of them also have showers and potable water.

Activities in Pawtuckaway State Park

  • Hiking: There are several marked trails for all skill levels offering views of the lake, marshes, and various geological formations.
  • Boating and Swimming: Pawtuckaway Lake provides ample opportunity for boating (rentals available) and has a designated swimming area, but be aware that lifeguards are not always on duty.
  • Fishing: The lake is stocked with various species and can be a wonderful place for anglers.
  • Wildlife Viewing: The park is home to a variety of wildlife, making it a great place for bird watching and searching for other wildlife.
  • Bouldering and Rock Climbing: With many rocky outcrops, the park is also a destination for bouldering enthusiasts.

Rules and Regulations

  • Fires: Only permitted in designated fire rings.
  • Pets: They are allowed but must be leashed and are not permitted on the beach.
  • Alcohol: Not allowed within state parks.
  • Quiet Hours: Typically, quiet hours are enforced from 10 PM to 7 AM.

Important Tips

Weather Preparedness: New England weather can be unpredictable, so be sure to bring suitable clothing and gear for rain, cold, or heat, depending on the season.

Leave No Trace: As with all outdoor activities, it's important to follow the principles of Leave No Trace to minimize your impact on the environment.

Wildlife Caution: Always store food properly to avoid attracting wildlife to your campsite, and maintain a respectful distance from any animals you encounter.

Additional Resources: For the most current information, visit the New Hampshire State Parks' official website or call the park office directly.

Getting to Pawtuckaway State Park

Pawtuckaway is accessible by car, and directions can be easily found using a GPS or a map. The physical address for map navigation is:

Pawtuckaway State Park 128 Mountain Road Nottingham, NH 03290

It's always best to plan your route in advance, check for any travel advisories, and ensure you have a reliable map or GPS service, especially if you're unfamiliar with the area.

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