Pawtuckaway State Park, Nottingham

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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  • This was my first time to this State Park & I must say it is a beautiful park. I only was there to Kayak, because that is my favorite past time. Getting to the Boat House to rent a kayak can be a litt...  more »
  • Excellent state park. Diverse options for many recreational opportunities. Hiking, camping, biking or fishing or biking. This place has it all. Has a legendary bouldering field as well. Recommended.
  • A great place for easy to moderate hikes. Family and dog friendly. Trails are pretty well marked, and we even encountered a couple maps along the way. On the other side of the park there is a lake with a beach and a separate canoe/kayak launch, and a campground. My husband and I are fond of kayaking here. There are several small islands you can go to and picnic on and swim from.

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