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Description - Pillsbury State Park has a diverse habitat for a great variety of wildlife, including moose and loons. Crossed by a network of hiking and mountain bike trails, the park is an important link in the Monadnock-Sunapee Greenway, a 51-mile hiking trail that connects Mount Monadnock with Mt. Sunapee to the north. Day-use amenities include fishing from several ponds, picnicking and viewing historical remnants. A campground and several remote primitive sites are available.

Attractions - Pillsbury State Park has a diverse habitat for a great variety of wildlife, including moose and loons. Crossed by a network of hiking and mountain bike trails, the park is an important link in the Monadnock-Sunapee Greenway, a 51-mile hiking trail that connects Mount Monadnock with Mt. Sunapee to the north.

Recreation - Canoeing, warm-water fishing, picnicking, hiking and mountain biking are favorite park activities. History buffs enjoy exploring the park's long-abandoned and overgrown mill sites and cellar holes, remnants of early farm settlement and lumbering of the late 1700's and early 1800's when the area was called Cherry Valley. Day-use fees are $2.50, children 11 & under free. A campground and group camping area are available. Camping fees are $13 per site. There are also several canoe-to-camp primitive sites. The park is open from early May to Columbus Day.

Climate - Winter can be cold with average temperatures ranging around 19 degrees Fahrenheit. The cold temperatures humidity bring heavy, water-laden snow to all parts of the state. Spring begins in mid-March and lasts through May. This time of the year is referred to as mud season in the mountains. The sugar is flowing early in the season and wild flowers bloom toward the end of it. Summer is the busiest season of the year for the tourism industry. This is an excellent time to travel, mountain roads are open and most of the mud has dried. Average summer temperatures range around 68 degrees Fahrenheit. Fall brings the leaf lookers to see the spectacular colors of the deciduous trees. Expect to see bus loads of people enjoying the crisp fall New England weather.

Location - Pillsbury State Park is located along SR 31 a few miles north of Washington and several miles south of Goshen.


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Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Camped near small beach, open views (more wind)with brother, sister-in-law and their two boys ages 3 and 5. Boys loved the red spotted newts, the bullfrogs and loons (mother with two babies -pretty tolerant of us in the kayak if quiet and slow moving). Fishing was good-caught and released several pickerel. Saw huge "tame" largemouth bass underwater. Also pitcher plants everywhere in bloom plus hordes of dragonflies. Accompanied at campsite with pair of yellow-bellied sapsuckers and many black flies.

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Very quiet, secluded. An excellent choice if you want a remote camping experience. No showers, no lean tos... just you and the pond. We saw ducks, geese, herons, and were lulled to sleep at night to the sounds of loons. Do bring lots of bug repellent - gnats were heavy. Park staff is excellent! Highly recommended!

Filed By: russ (gloucester, ma)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: camped week of may 18 very few campers some sites very secluded hot in daytime cold at night saw two moose and lot of loon ducks beaver geese. blackflies were vicious. very good breakfast in newport country kitchen also decent pizza in newport. would go to pillsbury again and again. bring bugspray and binoculars


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Contact Information:
Pillsbury State Park, c/o NH Division of Parks & Recreation, P.O. Box 1856, 172 Pembroke Rd , Concord, NH, 03302, Phone: 603-863-2860, Fax: 603-271-2629

Additional Information:
Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee Travel Region - The Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee Travel Region is world renowned for being the keystone of education. Education history abounds dating back to 1649.
New Hampshire State Parks - The state of New Hampshire has over 65 state park facilities ranging from historic sites and woodland picnic groves to beautiful sand beaches. There is one National Park facility, Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site and one National Forest, White Mountains.
New Hampshire State Parks - The state of New Hampshire has over 65 state park facilities ranging from historic sites and woodland picnic groves to beautiful sand beaches.

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