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Pawtuckaway State Park, Nottingham

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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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  • We wanted to get out and hike one Sunday afternoon before the first snowfall and the month's Full Mooh was said to be extraordinary the weekend we hiled South Mountain.. Pawtuckaway was nearby, had a ...  more »
  • Love walking our dogs here! Lots of fun trails or just walk "the road." Have heard that the campground is one of the best in NH as well.  more »
  • This is a beautiful park. My first visit wont be my last. Covered only 5.5 miles because my dog is old but really looking forward to covering more ground in the coming months and years. Great day. Bri...  more »