Pillsbury State Park

Loop • 6 mi • 200 ft

This ride's general location is 4 miles north of Washington on NH 31. Scenery includes woods and ponds; a nice nature experience. Riding to suit all skill levels can be found in the park. The State Park is 5,500 acres of undulating wilderness with some large ponds, campground facilities, and a generous network of trails - easy, flat trails and tough, rocky ones. The ride described here is the easy one. The other one was the Pamac Trail which gets progressively harder. An advanced biker can bushwhack all the way to Mount Sunapee State Park via the Monadnock-Sunapee Greenway, which travels entirely through state parks and adjoining conservation easements. But the easy ride follows the Mad Road Trail around lower reaches of the park and past several ponds, in a mostly wooded area. At trail's end, a short ride up NH 31 takes you back to the park entrance.
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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Newport
Length: 6 total miles
Elevation Gain: 200 feet
Trail Type: Loop
Skill Level: Aerobically moderate and technically easier
Season: Late spring through fall
Local Contacts: New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation, Parks Bureau 603-271-3556
Local Maps: Free trail map is available at the park office
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Recent Trail Reviews

9/8/2013

Started a two-day hike into the Monadnock-Sunapee Greenway at Pillsbury State Park. It was fall, there weren't many people around. A very nice park with camping spots along a fire road that has an old mill pond on the other side. There is a parking area and picnic area as well with composting toilets, picnic tables and some children's swings. It is close to the small pond. The area is quiet, peaceful and beautiful when we were there. We parked at the parking spot and hiked the fire road into the Pillsbury State Park forest into the Greenway. We stayed the night at Max Isreal Shelter and hiked the next day onto Lovewell Mountain, then we looped back. Very nice hike with medium ruggedness, walks up hills, on ridgeways and through old pastures. Would definitely consider doing some car camping with the extended family there.

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