Pawtuckaway State Park, Nottingham

#27 of 112 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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  • 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 »
  • It is a nice place to take your kids if you don"t have a cottage on the lake. Fortunately we did. It used to be kept up very well, but haven"t been there for awhile  more »
  • Had a great Sunday here in mid-September. $5 per adult. Nice clean bathrooms and large beach. The swimming area gets very gradually deeper, to 6' at the ropes. We grabbed a picnic table under the pines, on the edge of the beach, for our base camp for the day. Kids had a great time in the water and on the large playground.
  • Absolutely in love with coming here. It's always clean, the sites are perfect. We have only stayed on horse island that way we can launched our kayaks right from our site. I would recommend any site from Pawtuckaway State Park. So many things to do! There is nothing better than watching the sunrise with the loons on the water.

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