Pawtuckaway State Park and Fire Tower NH
Total Mileage: 1.1 Miles Directions 43.105151,-71.182723
Total rise: 384′ Facebook
Hike Time: 1 hour My Pintrest
Significance: Fire tower, views THE FIRE TOWER PAGE
Here is some of what you need to know: Read below regarding day use fee for the other section of the park.
1. Scroll the mouse over the altitude line to see where it lines up on the map
2. Click on the flags for more information
3. Click on the pictures to make them large
When 384′ of elevation gain is spread out over a half mile you can expect some steepness… but again it is only a 1/2 mile so suck it up;). The trail is marked with white blazes and while it is rocky at times we did not find it much trouble. It is forest the whole way, in some areas there were large boulders where the kids got to climb around on.
The Pawtuckaway fire tower sits on a rock slab at the high point (elevation 890′) of Pawtuckaway State Park. The cabin is closed but the New Hampshire towers have a platform below the cab where you can get some great views. To the south is Pawtuckaway lake; the rest is all valley where it looks like a carpet made up of a billion trees. The view north and west are partially obscured by trees but you can see some large mountains which I had a hard time identifying; Maybe Parker mountain or Blue Job it is hard to tell.
We romped around the top of the mountain a little bit because it was fun and then we headed back to the car.
There is a bathroom at the parking area, but do not get excited; one child yelled “this is the worst bathroom ever”… I agreed.
This is a large state park; in case you want to stay and explore there are camping facilities (with better bathrooms) and a very cool lake. There was no fee for this area, but the main area (2017) was $5 for adults and $2 for children; check out there website for more info. Pawtuckaway State Park.