Pillsbury State Park
Heavily wooded and sprinkled with several ponds and wetlands, Pillsbury State Park is one of the more primitive and lesser known gems of the New Hampshire State Park system.
Its diversity of habitats makes it home to 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 Mount Sunapee to the north. Canoeing, warm-water fishing, picniking, hiking, and mountain biking are favorite park activities. History buffs enjoy exploring the park's long-abandoned and overgrown cellar holes, remnants of early farm settlement and lumbering of the late 1700s and early 1800s when the area was called Cherry Valley.
Location: Off Route 31, Washington
Activities: Camping, picnicking, fishing, canoeing, hiking, some mountain biking
Amenities: Campground, picnic tables, canoe rentals
Operation Schedule: Early May - Columbus Day
Acreage: 8,135 acres
Water, pit toilets, a playground, canoe rentals, and firewood are available at this primitive campground. Pillsbury camping permits may be presented at nearby Sunapee State Park for free day-use, including swimming.
The 41-site campground includes 30 sites available by reservation only - 7 of these are walk-in and 2 can be accessed by canoe; one site is available for youth group reservations. Ten sites are for first-come/first-served campers. Reserved camping with full staffing and facilities will be available from mid-June to mid-October. Reservations for campsites may be made by calling the Reservation Office, Monday through Friday, from January through the end of the season. Campers interested in possible first-come/first-served camping prior to the opening of the reservation period should call the park directly in early May for further information.