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Pawtuckaway State Park, Nottingham

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#25 of 114 in Nature in New Hampshire
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Pawtuckaway State Park is a 5000acre preserve in New Hampshire, United States. It is one of the largest state parks in southeastern New Hampshire and is named for Pawtuckaway Lake and the Pawtuckaway Mountains. The park extends from the west shore of the lake to the west side of the mountains.GeologyThe Pawtuckaway Mountains are a small, rocky, circular range that form the outline of an ancient volcanic ring dike dating from 130—110 million years ago (Cretaceous). The ring dike, first completely mapped in 1944, is a smaller and more accessible example of the same kind of geological process that formed the Ossipee Mountains to the north. The inner ring is roughly one mile in diameter, while the outer is measured at almost two miles.Earthquakes occurred in the vicinity of the ring dike in the summer and fall of 1845. Known as the Deerfield explosions, they were described as subterranean noises often as loud as the report of a 12 pounder cannon when heard at a distance of half a mile but without echoes. They were the subject of much speculation at the time.EnvironmentThe park lies within the Northeastern coastal forests ecoregion.
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  • The campground is really nice. The bathrooms were clean and had showers. We were across from the sites on the lake and could see the lake ok. If I have a concern, it was with our campsite. Although... 
    The campground is really nice. The bathrooms were clean and had showers. We were across from the sites on the lake and could see the lake ok. If I have a concern, it was with our campsite. Although...  more »
  • Pawtuckaway state park campground is a little less finished than some but we loved it. There any many lake side camp spaces and they are fantastic. You can launch paddle vehicles from your site or... 
    Pawtuckaway state park campground is a little less finished than some but we loved it. There any many lake side camp spaces and they are fantastic. You can launch paddle vehicles from your site or...  more »
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  • We departed from the gravel Reservation Road lot. It's small and shady with few other cars, even on the weekend! The ridge climb was steep and engaging and quickly afforded views of the surrounding elevation. There were some biting flies but the wildlife was lovely. I witnessed many blue herons, frogs, turtles and fine craftsmanship by the beavers!!
  • Great location, the beach area is very clean and has plenty of picnic tables, trees for the hammocks and grills. They also have clean restrooms as well. Theirs a little market across the beach that has basically everything you can possibly forget at home. You can also rent kayaks and canoes and explore the islands.

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