South Mountain Fire Tower

Nottingham, NH
Length: 1.50 mi.
Type: Loop

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Trail starts at the intersection of Reservation Road and Tower Road in Pawtuckaway State Park. Park at the T junction and walk 0.1 miles up up Tower Road on the left. You will cross a bridge, head uphill and find another small parking area (2 cars) with a trail headed into the woods. Follow this trail 0.2 miles to another junction with Mountain Trail. Continue straight (right) on Mountain trail 0.1 miles until you reach another junction with signs to State Park Headquarters. Take a left and head up South Mountain Trail to South Mountain Fire Tower. Continue on white blazed trail for .6 miles. Trail is nicely graded with a couple rocky areas and one steep climb. Near summit, trail levels out and opens up onto some rocky slabs with a nice view and firetower on top. You can climb the fire tower for a view, but it is often closed to visitors. To return, retrace steps on the white blaze or return on the orange blaze for 0.6 miles for views in the other direction and then to meet back with white blaze trail to return to car.


Submitted by Elizabeth Wall (Hike it Baby Merrimack Valley)

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Trail Features

Seasons Fall, Spring, Summer, and Winter
Surface type Dirt
Elevation gain 807 ft.
Stroller friendly No
Stroller terrain No Wheels
ADA accessible No
Water fountains No
Bathrooms No
Cell reception Spotty
Pet friendly Yes
Nearby convenience store No
Camping Nearby Yes
Emergency support
within 5 miles

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Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $5.00

Check the Pawtuckaway State Park Website for updates on Covid guidelines and for current fee information. This trail listing is for the backside of Pawtuckaway State Park, so there is not access to the visitor center or bathrooms. Reservation Road is a dirt road, so use caution during winter and wet seasons. Best parking is at the T- junction between Reservation Road and Tower Road.

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