digplanet beta 1: Athena
Share digplanet:

Agriculture

Applied sciences

Arts

Belief

Business

Chronology

Culture

Education

Environment

Geography

Health

History

Humanities

Language

Law

Life

Mathematics

Nature

People

Politics

Science

Society

Technology

Pawtuckaway State Park
New Hampshire State Park
Pawtuckaway campsite.JPG
Country United States
State New Hampshire
County Rockingham County
Town Nottingham, Deerfield
Coordinates 43°6′7″N 71°10′52″W / 43.10194°N 71.18111°W / 43.10194; -71.18111
Area 22.22 km2 (9 sq mi)
IUCN category V - Protected Landscape/Seascape
Website: Pawtuckaway State Park

Pawtuckaway State Park is a 5,000-acre (20 km2) preserve in New Hampshire, United States. It is one of the largest state parks in southeastern New Hampshire[1] 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.

Geology[edit]

1957 topographic map, showing lake and ring dike

The Pawtuckaway Mountains are a small, rocky, circular range that form the outline of an ancient volcanic ring dike[2][3] dating from 130—110 million years ago (Cretaceous).[4] The ring dike, first completely mapped in 1944,[4] 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.[5] They were the subject of much speculation at the time.[6]

Environment[edit]

The park lies within the Northeastern coastal forests ecoregion.[7]

Recreation[edit]

Aerial map of Pawtuckaway Lake and part of Pawtuckaway State Park (green overlay); the southeast quarter of the ring dike is visible in the upper left corner

Hiking trails lead to the approximately 900-foot (270 m) summits of North and South Pawtuckaway mountains and connect the ring dike area to the lake. The lake is a 783-acre (317 ha) water body with numerous islands and coves and is a popular boating, fishing, and swimming destination. Since orienteering enthusiasts made an orienteering map of the park in 1992,[8] the park has become a venue for major orienteering meets, including foot orienteering and canoe orienteering.[9] The venue is shared by several orienteering clubs in New England, including Cambridge Sports Union, New England Orienteering Club, and Up North Orienteers.[8] The Pawtuckaway ring dike includes a boulder field of interest to bouldering climbers,[10] and the park is a popular destination for geocaching.

Park amenities include 195 campsites, 15 miles (24 km) of hiking trails,[1] a boat launch, a swimming beach, camp store, ball field, playground, bathhouse, shelters, picnic tables, and canoe and rowboat rentals.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b New Hampshire GRANIT database
  2. ^ Sherry Godlewski (Fall 2003). "Pawtuckaway Rocks". Bear-Paw Print (Deerfield, New Hampshire, USA: Bear-Paw Regional Greenways) III (II): 1 and 4. 
  3. ^ "Pawtuckaway Ring Dike". Retrieved 2008-10-16. 
  4. ^ a b G. Nelson Eby (August 1995). "Third Hutton Symposium on Granites and Related Rocks: Pre-Conference Field Trip: Part I: White Mountain Magma Series". p. 23. Retrieved 2008-10-18. 
  5. ^ Moore, Jacob Bailey (1893). History of the town of Candia, Rockingham County, N.H.: from its first settlement to the present time. Manchester, New Hampshire: George Waldo Browne. pp. 325–327. 
  6. ^ "New Hampshire correspondence [Letters concerning the Deerfield explosions]". New York Municipal Gazette I (46): 660–661. February 1, 1847. 
  7. ^ Olson, D. M, E. Dinerstein, et al (2001). "Terrestrial Ecoregions of the World: A New Map of Life on Earth". BioScience 51 (11): 933–938. doi:10.1641/0006-3568(2001)051[0933:TEOTWA]2.0.CO;2. 
  8. ^ a b "UNO Map List". Retrieved 2008-10-14. 
  9. ^ "Gould Home Page, Orienteering Section, Introduction". Retrieved 2008-10-09. 
  10. ^ "Pawtuckaway Ring Dike". Retrieved 2008-10-18. 
  11. ^ "Pawtuckaway State Park", New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation

External links[edit]


Original courtesy of Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pawtuckaway_State_Park — Please support Wikipedia.
A portion of the proceeds from advertising on Digplanet goes to supporting Wikipedia.
995 videos foundNext > 

Mountain Biking at Pawtuckaway State Park

Mountain biking on Split Rock Trail and Woronoco Trail at Pawtuckaway State Park on May 27, 2012. Music by Doniki - "Heard it on the News"

Pawtuckaway state park 2011

This video was uploaded from an Android phone.

South Mountain, Pawtuckaway State Park, NH

The top of South Mountain in Pawtuckaway State Park. The tough part was that it was 90 degrees... in April! That wore me down. Height: 908 ft (277 m) Trail l...

Camping at Pawtuckaway State Park NH

Camping and hiking at New Hampshire's Pawtuckaway State Park. Great place to enjoy nature, enjoy!

Boulder Field, Pawtuckaway State Park, New Hampshire

This was our second attempt to find the cache in Devil's Den. We had a great day with our friends (2 and 4 legged), playing on the boulders and going in and ...

Pawtuckaway State Park

July 9, 2012 The adventure continues.

Mountain Unicycling: Pawtuckaway State Park and UNICON 16

Mountain unicycling at Pawtuckaway State Park in New Hampshire and the UNICON 16 downhill world championships expert division in Brixen, Italy. It took 2 yea...

North Mountain, Pawtuckaway State Park, NH

I know it says "North Mountain 2." I made this for an old account that I deleted (vgamer999), but re-uploaded it on this one. Anyway, this is the top of Nort...

Pawtuckaway State Park Ring Hike

On 2/12/2014, a friend of mine and I did a hike around the outer ring of Pawtuckaway State Park- North and South Peaks. We started in bright sunshine and fin...

Pawtuckaway State Park, Raw Footage

Me and my friend Steve Price having a blast. I'm on my Rincon, and he's on his Rancher 350. If you ever wonder what a Rancher looks like with the throttle pi...

995 videos foundNext > 

1 news items

 
Boston Globe
Sat, 29 Mar 2014 15:15:42 -0700

It's never too early to start thinking about summer vacation, especially if your getaway includes an overnight visit to a state park. Many are already accepting reservations and fill up fast. No wonder: New England states are dotted with some of the ...
Loading

Oops, we seem to be having trouble contacting Twitter

Talk About Pawtuckaway State Park

You can talk about Pawtuckaway State Park with people all over the world in our discussions.

Support Wikipedia

A portion of the proceeds from advertising on Digplanet goes to supporting Wikipedia. Please add your support for Wikipedia!