When you’re camping in New Hampshire you don’t have to choose between going on a hardcore hike or relaxing in your hammock on a quiet lakeshore. With hundreds of campsites across the state—and with mountains and lakes close to so many of them—you can easily access the best of both worlds. Lake Winnipesaukee is by far the largest and best-known body of freshwater in the Granite State, but New Hampshire is dotted with bodies of water of all sizes, from the swimming holes and rushing rivers of the mountains, to the ponds and lakes lined with classic cottages in the aptly named Lakes Region.
Fortunately for all of us, mountains are just as plentiful. While Mount Washington, in the heart of the White Mountain National Forest, has the most name recognition in the state (and claims to have the worst weather in the world), it’s not even the only notable peak to bag in the Presidential Range. Adams, Jefferson, Monroe, Madison, Pierce, Eisenhower, and Jackson mountains can all be ticked off your list of New Hampshire’s 48 4,000-footers. And the White Mountains aren’t the only game in town either. Go camping at Monadnock State Park and do any number of hikes in the area, including the ever-popular Mount Monadnock, of course. Mount Monadnock’s isolated peak provides fantastic views and is one of the most frequently hiked mountains in the world.
Spend a quiet backcountry camping in New Hampshire night under a tarp, or bring beers and s’mores around the campfire at a popular state park campground like Pawtuckaway, Bear Brook, or White Lake. Consider a weekend hut trip when camping in New Hampshire, with stays at one or more of the eight huts maintained by the Appalachian Mountain Club or parking your RV and basecamping at Lafayette Campground while you tackle some of New England’s best dayhikes, like the Tuckerman-Lion Head loop on Mount Washington or the Lincoln-Lafayette loop in Franconia Notch.
The biggest challenge to camping in New Hampshire? Not having enough time to enjoy everything the Granite State has to offer.
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Absolutely beautiful spot! This campground has a day use area with a boat launch and picnic area on the right as you drive in. Non-motorized boats are allowed on the water and it’s a great swim spot in the summer. The water is surrounded by beautiful cliffs with hiking opportunities readily available. The water is a short walk from all of the sites, some are obviously closer than others.
The sites are well spaced and quite large. I greatly appreciated the crushed rock vs. sandy soil especially given the amount of rain we got during our stay. The camp hosts were helpful and definitely out and about throughout the day.
Sites have fire rings and large picnic tables, as well as flat space to pitch a tent or two depending on the size. There was some variance in the size of the sites, some of which required walking up a few steps from the parking spot to the site. Not a big deal but helpful to know if negotiating stairs is an issue for you.
Fresh water spigots are spaced between sites and there is one bath house with flush toilets. Note: there is no soap or paper towels/hand dryer in the restroom. Be prepared and bring your own.
Pittsburg, NH is an area popular with those who enjoy riding ATVs, hunting, fishing, and boating and Buck Rub's Hidden Acres Campground is a nice good place to make your base with easy access to trails and lakes.
I had no problem making reservations online; all sites have water and electric and you can select a wooded or open site. If proximity to the ATV trail is important to you, you may select a site accordingly. Sites were large and most quite level. There are some seasonal campers. The bathroom is rustic, but functional with warm showers. The sites have picnic tables and fire rings.
Check-in was at the main lodging office (they have cabins/lode rooms available as well) across the street.
If you don't want to cook for yourself, the Buck Rub Pub provides a good menu selection; it's popular and you may need to wait, esp. on a weekend evening. For a quick breakfast or lunch at a fair price, the Happy Corner Cafe will meet your needs. For dessert, check out Moose Alley Cones. And look out for moose and other wildlife, esp. if driving at dusk, dawn, or night!
This is a family run campground located on a hillside between Lake Francis and First Connecticut Lake in Pittsburg, NH. The area is a favorite for those who enjoy boating or riding ATV/snowmobiles (depending on the season), hunting, and wildlife watching (it's called Moose Alley for a reason).
There's a public boat launch at Lake Francis and easy access to ATV trails.
Sites may be in a field, partially wooded, or wooded. While there are a number of seasonal sites, there are also many short-term sites available. I was on site 39, in a wooded area best suited for tents and small campers. On the campground map it looks like it's a loop, but they've put a barrier up between two sites, so there's no driving around. There'd been significant rain before/during my stay and the road to my site was quite muddy, but the site itself was dry. Sites 40-42 are parallel to the road, but site 39 was off the end and I was able to back in with my trailer. About half the sites on the 'loop' were occupied and it was quiet and somewhat removed from most of the sites.
The bathroom was clean with large, private rooms providing shower/toilet/sink, a nice bonus during the pandemic. Laundry is also available, a definite win if you're muddy after a day of riding.
I had to call to make reservations; the reservation link on the website is only for the cabin rentals. No one was in the office when I arrived, but there were directions to my site in the office.
If you don't want to cook, the Buck Rub Pub a few miles down the road provides good pub food; it's popular and there can be a wait. For a filling and satisfying breakfast, The Happy Corner Cafe across the street will meet your needs at a reasonable price with good service. For dessert or a treat after a day on the lake or trail, stop by Moose Alley Cones. A drive after dusk or at dawn may reward you with a moose along the roadside.
i had OK cell phone coverage.
Snow ploughing happens regularly and reliably. Indoor pool and hot tub are amazing on a snowy frigid winter day. Utility sink for dishes available in heated bathhouse. Squeaky clean - and that’s not always easy especially in the winter when everyone drags snow, slush and mud into the bathroom. Thank you for sticking to such high standards. Will come again.
This is really a gem of a spot! There are two loops in the campground, both with similar sites. Some sites are closer together than others but if you’re lucky, you can get a site a little more secluded. As others have mentioned, the biggest drawback to this campground is its close proximity to a busy road. Again, there are some sites situated a little further back from the road that are quite nice though popular and hard to secure in the busy summer season.
Sites are nicely shaded by large pine trees and sites drain well in the rain. Picnic tables are large and the fire pits were clean. There are a few restrooms available with multiple stalls. There are coin operated showers located in one loop and there are only 2 of them for the entire campground. Even during the busy summer season, we were able to shower when we wanted without having to wait. The restrooms and showers were very clean. That being said(and the Forest Service website indicated this), there wasn’t any soap or paper towels available in the restrooms. The public was encouraged to bring their own soap due to the pandemic.
This campground is located in close proximity to many recreation opportunities. From day hiking to tubing the Pemi river, this campground is a perfect base camp spot for a few days of fun in the White Mountains.
This review is about my winter experience. I visited for one night in the fall and my experience was a lot better. I DO NOT recommend this campground in the winter. I feel that the owners/managers are very neglectful. They do a bad job plowing (my rig bottomed out twice on snow banks) and I fishtailed on the access road. They don’t salt or sand anywhere on the premises. The walkway to the bathroom (see photo) are not cleared of snow. I was very worried to slip and fall. I’m extremely surprised that they haven’t been sued yet for injury. Well, maybe they have. I don’t know. Tammie at the reception is very nice, but no one seems to take responsibility for the state of the campground in the summer. The trash was piling up outside the dumpster (see picture). Sadly, I didn’t take a picture of the filthy bathrooms. Look, I knew that it was a modest campground. The cost for a winter seasonal site reflected that. But modest and dirty are two different things. I will NOT return. Actually moved to a different campground in the area even though I had paid in full til the end of the season. What finally triggered my move was when a can got stuck on the ice and almost ran into the car that was parked next to my rig. I could not risk my camper being ruined by some irresponsible people (the two dudes who used ridiculous methods to try and get the van unstuck as well as the owners who didn’t make sure the access road wouldn’t become an ice rink.) each time I entered the access road I was anxious and worried that I would make it to my campsite without getting stuck. Ugh! That’s not enjoyable.
We stayed for a winter weekend, they have a few transient sites that can accommodate RV's year round. There are a ton of full time seasonal RV's as many people use this campground as a base for snow machining. Cons: Lots of rules: must provide a$10.00 refundable cash deposit for gate card, bring cash or else enjoy the atm fees, the age limit for hot tub is 14 YO and strictly enforced, Lots of entrenched seasonal single wides that give this facility a mobile home park feel. The hot water in the showers either never happened or took 5 min or more to actually get hot enough to shower, The small green benches in the shower stalls hadn't been moved and cleaned under in a while, lots of nastiness down there. My brother in law came to pick up clothes for his kids from us and we had to pay $8.00 for him to be in the camp for 45 min, it sucks to be nickel and dimed. Pros: Friendly and attentive staff, location, 4 season, heated indoor pool and hot tub, Book at Meredith Woods, also use Clearwater Campground across the way, 4 way hook ups, fair cost per night (in winter, not sure about peak costs) camp store prices were fair. I would consider trying this campground in the warmer months, apparently they fill up and with two campgrounds in one, that makes sense.
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