Pillsbury State Park

Dartmouth - Lake Sunapee, New Hampshire

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Pillsbury State Park


  • Pillsbury State Park Entrance.- Pillsbury State Park
  • Camp store and visitor information.- Pillsbury State Park
  • Paddlers on Butterfield Pond.- Pillsbury State Park
  • Campsite on Butterfield Pond.- Pillsbury State Park
  • View at the Narrows.- Pillsbury State Park
  • May Pond boat launch.- Pillsbury State Park
  • One of many scenic campsites on the water.- Pillsbury State Park
  • Picnic area on Mill Pond.- Pillsbury State Park
  • Playground near Mill Pond.- Pillsbury State Park
  • An old barn along the camp road.- Pillsbury State Park
  • Typical campsite.- Pillsbury State Park
  • Waterfall below the Mill Pond dam.- Pillsbury State Park
  • Picnic shelter on Mill Pond.- Pillsbury State Park
  • Trail junction.- Pillsbury State Park
  • Campsite view on North Pond.- Pillsbury State Park
Overview + Weather
Quiet. Scenic. Good for all ages.
Primitive campground. Limited amenities.
Dartmouth - Lake Sunapee, NH
Pets allowed: 
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State Park Fee
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Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description


Pillsbury State Park is the perfect place to get away from it all, relax with the family, and explore some of the most scenic ponds around. This area was known as Cherry Valley in the early 1800s, and today you can hike the trails to look for old cellar holes and stone walls that offer a glimpse into the past. The Monadnock-Sunapee-Greenway Trail runs through the park and leads up to Lucias Lookout outside the park, and other trails bring you to several beautiful ponds and Balance Rock. The Narrows Trail is a must-see and great for kids of all ages. This short trail offers an interpretive guide to help you identify your surroundings, and leads to a view across Butterfield Pond. Look for black spruce, rhodora azalea, lowbush blueberry, and wintergreen along the way.

Pillsbury State Park is known for camping and paddling, and it would be easy to spend several days here. Canoes and kayaks are available to rent, so you don’t need to bring your own, and be sure to keep an eye out for moose, loons, turtles, and ducks. The campground at Pillsbury State Park provides a picturesque, primitive experience with campsites located along five different ponds. While you can drive to many of the sites, a handful of them are hike-in or canoe-in sites, offering a more remote feel. A small playground and picnic area are located on Mill Pond, and they offer a fantastic view of the mountains across the water. The main gate is closed during the winter months, but the trails are still open to snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing.

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