On New Hampshire Route 31, 4 miles North of Washington and 9 miles South of
Pillsbury State Park, nestled in the remote hills of Washington, New Hampshire is heavily forested and encompasses more than 12 ponds and wetlands. Crossed by a network of hiking and mountain bike trails, the park is an important link in the Monadnock-Sunapee Greenway, a 51-mile hiking trail that connects Mount Monadnock with Mount Sunapee to the north. It's diverse habitat provides a home for a great variety of wildlife including moose, deer, raccoon, turkey, bear, blue herons and loons.
Canoeing, warm-water fishing, picniking, hiking and mountain biking are favorite park activities. Cross-country skiers and snowmobilers use the trails in season. In the late 1700's and early 1800's the area was the site of early farm settlements and lumbering activity. History buffs will enjoy exploring the park's long-abandoned and overgrown cellar holes, remnants of those early times.
Park facilities include a primitive campground. Water, pit toilets, a playground, canoe rentals, and firewood are available at this primitive campground.
The Monadnock-Sunapee Greenway (White Blazes)
Five Summers Trail (Blue Blazes)
Bear Pond Trail
Balance Rock Trail
Mad Road Trail (Yellow Plastic Markers)
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: hiking, mountain biking, cross country skiing.
Cross country skiers can enjoy intermediate to advanced trails that lead to to nearby snow capped mountains and frozen ponds. Winter wildlife, including moose and otter, may be spotted.
For more information:
Pillsbury State Park:
DRED - Division of Parks and Recreation: