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Camping at Pillsbury State Park

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General Overview

Pillsbury State Park is one of the more primitive and lesser-known gems of the New Hampshire state parks system. Nestled in the southwestern part of the state in Washington, NH, the park is a haven for campers who prefer a more rustic experience.

Camping Information

  • Campsites: Pillsbury State Park offers a variety of campsites, including tent-only sites, sites for small trailers, and a few remote hike-in sites for those seeking solitude. These sites are typically more rustic, providing a closer-to-nature experience.

  • Facilities: As of the last knowledge update, facilities at the park are basic, with pit toilets and no showers available. Some sites may have fire rings and picnic tables.

  • Reservations: Campsite reservations can usually be made in advance through the New Hampshire State Parks reservation system, which is highly recommended, especially during peak camping season. Walk-ins are also possible, but availability cannot be guaranteed.

  • Season: The camping season at Pillsbury State Park typically runs from the beginning of May until the end of October, depending on the weather conditions. Please check for current dates as these can vary year to year.


  • Hiking: The park offers several trails that cater to a range of skill levels, showcasing the area's natural beauty through wetlands, forests, and along scenic ponds.

  • Paddling: With a handful of ponds interconnected by waterways, paddling is a popular activity. You can bring your own canoe or kayak to explore.

  • Fishing: Anglers can enjoy fishing in the park's ponds and streams; be sure to adhere to New Hampshire's fishing regulations.

  • Wildlife Viewing: The park's diverse habitats make it an excellent spot for birdwatching and wildlife viewing.


  • Leave No Trace: As a more primitive park, it is imperative that visitors follow Leave No Trace principles to preserve the natural environment.

  • Pets: Pets are usually allowed but must be kept on a leash at all times and cannot be left unattended. Owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pets.

  • Quiet Hours: Most parks enforce quiet hours, typically from 10:00 PM to 7:00 AM, to ensure a peaceful experience for all campers.

  • Fires: Only light fires in designated areas and fire rings, if provided, and make sure they are completely extinguished before leaving them unattended.

Safety Tips

  • Preparation: Cell service may be limited, so prepare directions and necessary information beforehand.

  • Wildlife: Store food securely to avoid attracting animals to your campsite.

  • Water: Always bring plenty of drinking water or have a way to purify natural water sources.

  • Weather: Be aware of the weather forecasts and prepare for sudden changes, which are common in New Hampshire.


The park's primitive nature means accessibility may be limited for individuals with mobility impairments. Always check the latest details and descriptions of facilities and trails to plan accordingly.

Contacting the Park

For the most current information, including potential alerts or updates on facility availability, always contact the park directly or visit the official New Hampshire State Parks website before your trip.

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