Pawtuckaway State Park, Nottingham
Pawtuckaway is owned and managedby the State of NH - Department of Resources and Economic Development - Division Of Parks and Recreation.
Maintained by: Division of Parks, NH Chapter Appalachian Mountain Club, Southern NH NEMBA
Pawtuckaway State Park was developed in 1966 as a multi-use recreational park from land initially acquired in 1915. The name "Pawtuckaway" is derived from the Indian word meaning "place of the big buck". The Park comprises 5500 acres, with an 800 acre lake, and has a variety of land features. Within its borders are an extensive marsh, a large boulder field and a mountain top fire tower. Its terrain can be quite hilly!
-Burnhams Marsh is most enjoyable in the early morning or late evening when the wildlife is more apt to be active. The Fundy Trail borders a large portion of this marsh.
-The Boulder Field is an area where boulders (glacial erratics) were deposited at the end of the last ice age 10,000 years ago. Rock climbers flock to the area to test their skills on these many varied formations.
-The Fire tower, built in 1915, located on the summit of South Mountain, is open from spring to fall, weather permitting. The park also offers camping, swimming, boating, fishing and group picnic areas.
This intermediate ride is 21 Miles long.
At the trailhead on Mountain Road, begin by going up Mountain Trail. At the junction of Round Pond Trail, keep left. You will climb three more good sized hills.
At the orange gates, cross the dirt road and climb the hill, keeping left at the top. You will be on the ridge. (If you decide to shorten the ride by three miles, turn right at the gates and follow Tower Road to the intersection with the # 7 sign.
After the steep down hill, turn left (if you come to a road and a cemetery on the right, you have gone too far.)
Continue across Reservation Road (gated - dirt) keeping left. At the intersection, turn right (big rock hill is in front of you). Keep right at the fork.
When you reach gate, turn left on the dirt road.
Continue keeping marsh on your right. Take right (sign has a # 11). Follow road and take third left… look to the right for the #7 sign.
Stay on main trail passing # 8
Proceed down hill and make a hard right and go over wooden bridge. You are now on the Shaw Trail. Ride for 3 or 4 miles until you come to a "T" intersection. Turn right and cross the wide bridge which is now the Fundy Trail.
Ride Fundy for a couple of miles. You will be looking for the Woronoco Trail on your right. It will be after you pass the marsh on the left, just before a gravel bridge crossing a large culvert. (If you come to a clearing and the paved road, you have passed the Woronoco).
The Woronoco is a tight, twisty single-track, 2.5 miles long. (If you prefer an easier finish, continue on the Fundy until you come to the paved road and turn right. You will be back at your car within two miles.) At the end of the Woronoco, turn left to see your car.
Trail Head: 130 mountain Rd
Park on the side of the road, just down the hill from the Park toll booth, at Mountain Trail.
From Route 101, take Exit 5 and follow the signs to the Park.
By Peter DeSantis & Beth Woodbury
Taken from their book
Get out and Mountain Bike! Southern New Hampshire.
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