Route I-93 & I-95 are the gateway highways to New Hampshire.
Pawtuckaway State Park is a popular New Hampshire mountain biking destination for local mountain bikers. A multi-use trail system takes you through varied landscapes, including marshlands, woodlands and even a glacially formed boulder field.
For a post ride swim head for the beach on beautiful Pawtuckaway Lake. Facilities include a bathhouse, restrooms, picnic area, canoe rentals and campstore. Upon entering the water, the soft sand underfoot is welcome relief. Bugs could be annoying here, so bring the insect repellent.
Special points of interest include a mountaintop fire tower; an extensive marsh where beavers, deer, and great blue herons may be seen. A lucky visitor may even catch a glimpse of a deer or moose. The park features a geologically unique field where large boulders called glacial erratics were deposited when glacial ice melted near the end of the Ice Age.
Trails wind through marshland abundant with wildlife and an oak and hemlock forest on what used to be pasture land bounded by stone walls. There is also a Boulder Field with some rocks as tall as thirty feet.
There are trails for mountain bikers of all ability levels on scenic rolling trails and fire roads. It can get extremely rocky in spots. If you are feeling strong enough for the climb up to the 908- foot summit of South Mountain you won't be disappointed with the breathtaking, panoramic view from the fire tower. Cool off after a strenuous climb with a picnic or swim at Lake Pawtuckaway.
It can get very buggy. Bring the insect reppellent so the blood suckers will leave you alone. Some trails may be closed to bikes during summer weekends. Inquire at the Park Information Center.
Woronoco Trail: Travels for 2.5 miles in a large half circle through a maze of woods and wetlands. Rough singletrack with many small bridges, boardwalks and raised platforms.
This is for advanced riders in good physical shape. From parking lot turn left on Route 3, left onto the Fundy Trail, left again onto Shaw and again on Mountain Trail back to the where you started.
Note: Trails closed to mountain biking are signed with a "No Bikes" symbol. Most the trails close for "mud season" in the Spring. For more information call the NH Bureau Of Trails (Phone number listed below)
Other Activities: bouldering, swimming, hiking, mountain biking, snowmobiling, cross country skiing.
In the winter, the park's trails offer a variety of terrain for winter sports and the opportunity to observe the winter wildlife near Burnham's Marsh.
For More Information:
Pawtuckaway State Park:
Phone: (603) 895-3031
DRED - Division of Parks and Recreation: