40 Pawtuckaway Rd., (Off NH Route 156) Nottingham
Activities: Camping, swimming,
hiking, fishing, boating, biking, picnicking, snowmobiling, cross
Campground (195 sites), cabin rentals (5), playground, bathhouse,
shelters, picnic tables, group facilities, lookout tower, canoe & row boat rentals, boat launch, biking,
restrooms, and showers.
This 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. 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.
Day Use: The day-use area of the park is May 2 thru 11/1: 8:00am - 7:00pm, weather permitting. The off-season poses unique risks inherent when participating in outdoor recreational activities. Please be aware that many State Park areas and trails are not staffed during the off-season, and day-use fees are not collected. 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 and NH residents age 65 and over are admitted free.
Camping Rates and Information:
Please note that information and rates are subject to change. Payment is required at the time of making a reservation. Visa, Discover, and Mastercard are accepted. Personal checks are not.
Camping Reservations: New Hampshire State Parks
has partnered with ReserveAmerica to offer our guests a high quality reservation service.
The dedicated toll-free number to call to make a reservation through the ReserveAmerica
Call Center is 1-877-nhparks (1-877-647-2757).
Family Camping Rates and Information:
Family camping rates cover two adults and two children on the site.
Each additional adult and each additional child is charged an additional fee per night.
The maximum number of adults per site is 4, except in designated areas.
Campsite rate fees are $24 (Big Island inland, no hookups), and $32 (all other sites, no hookups)
Additional rates are charged per person once specified number in camping party are met. Consult state park for further information if needed.
Boat Launch: $6.00 car top boats; $9.00 car and trailers
Daily: Year 'Round (Seasonal fees)
Camping: Early-May to Mid-October
of Campsites: 195 sites
Pets: Pets are not permitted in the park
More Information: Day-Use
Picnicking, as well as swimming and boating in 803-acre Lake Pawtuckaway,
are favorite activities enjoyed in the park. Pawtuckaway's 5,500 acres
offer a variety of opportunities for hiking and mountain biking, as
well. Trails wind through an oak and hemlock forest on what used to
be pasture land bounded by stone walls. A hike to South Peak leads
through a large boulder field with some rocks as tall as thirty feet.
An extensive wetland in the park provides great opportunities for
viewing wildlife such as beavers, great blue herons, turtles, waterfowl
and a variety of song birds. A lucky visitor may even catch a glimpse
of a deer or moose.
The camping area at Pawtuckaway is open from mid-May through Columbus
Day in mid-October. Hiking, mountain biking, boating, swimming and
fishing are popular pastimes of campers. Each of the nearly 200 campsites
has an open fireplace, picnic table, flat area for a tent, and a parking
space. All sites are wooded and many provide views of the lake. Although
there are no hookups, recreational vehicles are welcome in sites where
they fit. Running water, flush toilet facilities, a camp store, boat
launch, and canoe and paddle boat rentals are available. Coin-operated
showers are accessible 24 hours a day. Except for the RV Park located
at Hampton Beach, Pawtuckaway provides the closest state park camping
area to the seacoast. Only twenty minutes to the coastal beaches to
the east and twenty minutes to Manchester to the west, Pawtuckaway
Campground in Nottingham is well located for easy access to a variety
of attractions and activities. The campground has 10 sites that are kept available
for those campers that prefer camping on a first come-first serve basis.
Pawtuckaway offers a great location for group outings. A large pavilion,
separate from the day-use area, has a large stone fireplace, electricity,
barbecue pit, horseshoe area and a ball field.
The camping area for
organized youth groups is located on the shore of beautiful Pawtuckaway
Lake. Enjoy hiking, mountain biking, fishing, swimming and canoeing
at this heavily wooded, 5,500-acre park. Adirondack shelters, a large
group pavilion with a stone fireplace and toilet facilities, a large
lawn area for games and other activities, and a canoe launch are available
in the group camping area. A camp store, canoe and paddle boat rentals
and an 800-foot beach are available in the park.
organized youth group camping may be made by calling 603-271-3556,
Monday through Friday, from January through mid-October.
This information was posted on June 2, 2014 and all information, services and fees are
subject to change.