Visiting New Hampshire's Biodiversity


Pawtuckaway State Park



Description: This large state park contains numerous exemplary natural communities and rare plant populations. It has a little bit of nearly everything, from rare river birch trees along the shores of the lake, to black gum and Atlantic white cedar swamps in the undulating lowlands, to rocky ridges and rich woods on the mountains to the west. There are also marshes, boulder fields, ledges, ponds, and peatlands. An extensive trail network allows for exploration of large amounts of the park area.


Directions: From Rte. 101, take exit 5 at Raymond and go north on Rte. 156. Follow signs to Pawtuckaway State Park.

Landowner:
State of NH – DRED, Division of Parks & Recreation

Site Guide to North Mountain

Images (hold mouse over image for caption)

Burnhams Marsh along the park road (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau) Shoreline of Big Island on Pawtuckaway Lake (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau)

Pawtuckaway Lake (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau) Marsh at Pawtuckaway State Park (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau)

Betula nigra (river birch), a rare tree in NH (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau) Nyssa sylvatica (black gum), an uncommon tree in NH (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau) In semi-rich Appalachian - oak - hickory forest on Middle Mtn. (photo by Dan Sperduto for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau)

Ranunculus fascicularis (early buttercup) on Middle Mtn. (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau) Adlumia fungosa (climbing fumitory) on North Mtn. (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau) Aquilegia canadensis (wild columbine) on Middle Mtn. (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau) Mushroom at Pawtuckaway (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau)

Black gum - red maple basin swamp at Pawtuckaway (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau) red oak - ironwood - Pennsylvania sedge woodland (photo by Dan Sperduto for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau)

Hemlock forest on North Mountain, Pawtuckaway State Park (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau)

Beaver lodge at Dead Pond, Pawtuckaway State Park

Cormorant at Burnham Marsh (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau) Blanding's turtle at Pawtuckaway State Park (photo by Dan Sperduto for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau) Dragonfly at Pawtuckaway (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau)

View from Rocky Ridge (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau) View of wetland near Round Brook (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau)

Late afternoon light in the exemplary red oak - ironwood - Pennsylvania sedge woodland on the eastern slope of Middle Mtn. in Pawtuckaway State Park

Large tree trunk in semi-rich forest at Middle Mtn. (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau)

Pawtuckaway State Park locator map 

 North Mtn. site guide

Link: www.nhstateparks.org/explore/state-parks/pawtuckaway-state-park

NH Natural Heritage Bureau's Ecological Inventory of Pawtuckaway State Park report

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