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Pawtuckaway State Park

Less than two hours southeast of campus, this multi-square-mile state park has been attracting an ever-increasing number of enthusiastic Dartmouth bouldering devotees.

Everything from V0 to V14/15 can be found at the park, and the sheer volume of boulders is one of the area’s great draws. As of this writing, established problems number in the hundreds, and the potential for new problems may be in the thousands (the guidebook describes the potential as “insane!”).

There are currenty six major bouldering areas at Pawtuckaway and about ten smaller (but equally high-quality) sites. New boulders are being found each season. The rock itself is a high friction granite with abundant slopers and crimps. It’s said to be “comparable to almost any other bouldering place” with a nice atmosphere and beautiful natural setting.

There are also some smallish but clean cliff-lines in the park — and many biting insects during spring and summer (beware, since these hatch significantly earlier than their Hanover/Rumney counterparts!)

How To Get There: 
Pawtuckaway is about two hours from Hanover. Take I-89 south to Concord, then I-93 south to Route 101 east. Get off 101 at exit 3 and take 43 north to 107, then take a left on Reservation Road. After a ways, park off the side of the road near the trail to Boulder Natural (also access for Devil’s Den and Round Pond). Or get off 101 at exit 5 and take 156 to Deerfield Road for access to Blair Woods and Magic Pond.

Thanks to Art Kehas and Gabriel Martinez for this Pawtuckaway info. Reference: Pawtuckaway Bouldering by Bruce Dalhaus (2003)

Last Updated: 10/21/12