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.
This place should be called “yogi's ghetto camp". An ICE agents dream. Downtown Lawrence in the woods. Filled with the most disrespectful, loud and obnoxious guests I have ever seen and heard. Nobody spoke English and if they did, they were foul mouthed white trash. When we first arrived we were pleased with office and the store was clean, so we were not tipped off to anything unusual. We quickly realized this campground was riddled with health and safety concerns. The bathrooms: We could not ignore the extreme smell of urine in the air. I first chalked it up to someone in a nearby camper having their tank back up or that a toilet in a bathroom had trouble. But the smell never subsided. I went to the bathroom and found puddles on the floors, a backed up toilet and if you can believe it, soiled feminine napkins on the floor. Thankfully we have a working bathroom in our camper, however throughout the 2 days we were there the smell of urine continued. The kids zone: DANGEROUS- We would not allow our children inside the bounce house due to the fact that it wasn't being tended to by a staff member. There were about 45+ children, preteens and older teens inside at the same time jumping, smashing into each other and screaming. This bounce house is a medical emergency waiting to happen. As we were waiting in line to allow our children to use the inflatable water slide, one child literally flew out the side landing on the rock gravel ground. The pools and"hot tub"- OMG someone PLEASE shut this place down! DANGEROUS- both physically and for people's health. No staff or Lifeguard, Unattended children, preteens and teens jumping on top of each other, pushing each other, dirty brown water, used bandaids left on the side of the pool, tripping hazards left around the edge of the pool, wall to wall humans packed into this pool like sardines. You literally could not move. It's shocking that a child hasn't drown in this pool due to the rough housing of the animals dressed like children, tripping hazards and no space to swim. One day a child is going to slip under the water and nobody will realize they're in trouble until it's too late. The hot tub was a small hole in the ground with 20+ adults and 10-15 children packed inside it. Dead bugs, dirty water and pool diapers laying on the side. The golf carts- holy hell- a tragedy waiting to happen! 10 year olds driving up and down the wrong sides of the road with trucks and campers being hauled in and out. Not a single staff member insight to enforce any rules or to stop children from driving. The adult drivers were just as bad! The"beach"- A free for all! No room to move because of the over crowding. Trash left everywhere because the trash can was full. Empty beer and alcohol bottles. Public drinking and intoxicated adults screaming, swearing and fighting. Not one staff member in sight regulating the number of people in one canoe or kayak. Tent sights- Picture 25-30 people in two tents on one sight. The overcrowding for the small amount of sites was unimaginable and none of them spoke English. If you think I have described the worse circumstances for a campground, please multiply it by 10! You cannot imagine how bad it is based on my description. We actually left a day early because I could not handle the deplorable conditions or smell any longer. I am currently working with Pamela Vose at the New Hampton town offices as well as Preston Young at the NH Governors office to get some agencies involved. This place needs to be shut down. If you have similar complaints and concerns as I do, please contact Pamela at firstname.lastname@example.org or Preston Young at email@example.com immediately. The only way to get them shut down is to get as many people to email as possible.
Older campground, friendly staff with lots of older seasonal sites. We paid $35 for a full hook up and had no problems. Rest rooms could use some updating, the large one was clean, the smaller one not so much and had no TP that day. The fire pits were full of ashes so maybe he only cleans it once a week and we were there on a Wednesday. For that price I would stay there again if I was in the area.
Love state parks. This campground is just north bordering the White Mountain NF. Close to northern trailheads. NH take care in keeping their parks orderly.
Nice site. We stayed close to the restrooms and the shower house (.75 for 3 minutes) was close walk as well.
There’s a fishing pond and a swimming pond. Super clean cold mountain water. And there’s an awesome platform for jumping or diving in.
We had such an incredible time while here! The campgrounds store is open until 10pm which is pretty convenient! They have a private trail about 1.6 miles there and back that leads to a swimming basin, it’s absolutely gorgeous and a must see. Quite a few activities for kids- bounce house, play ground and heated swimming pool. On Saturday nights around 7pm they blow up a projector for movie night which was a pleasant surprise. However, quiet time isn’t until 11pm which is kinda late compared to other campgrounds I’ve been too. Also, they require a $10 CASH deposit for access to the gate key which we weren’t aware of when we got here and I couldn’t find any mention of it on their website. Only about a 5 minute drive to the center of town/Walmart and about a 15-20 minute drive to the Mt Washington Auto Road. Overall a great experience!
This was a great campground that we stayed at in July 2019. The staff was very friendly and accommodating. Over the weekend, they organized various activities including a pancake breakfast. The whole campground was very well maintained and the bathrooms were very clean.
Tripoli Road is a seasonal road, opening in late May most years and closing in autumn. Check the White Mountain National Forest Facebook page for up to date road closures/status. The section before Russell Pond often opens before the rest of it, which is graded, not paved. The road runs between the Waterville Valley area and I-93 exit 31. This is roadside camping, no frills, first come, first served. You must stay at a site with a fire ring, but sites are not numbered. Road signs demarcate no camping zones; some areas look like they could be campsites, but will also be marked with no camping signs.
You must register at the ranger station on the western end of the road, shortly past the entrance to the Russell Pond campground. Rates are a flat rate set per car and per weekends or weekday period. In other words, you pay one rate for 1-5 weekdays ($20 in 2019) and another fee for a weekend($25-30 - holidays). It’s self service most of the time, with the ranger available Friday and Saturday evenings.
The sites vary from sites near and level with the road to ones set above or well below the road. Some are near a river, most are wooded. Some are isolated, others are close together. There are no reservations, so you'll be choosing your own when you arrive. Downhill sites closest to the Russell Pond area seem to be most popular. Most of these were occupied on a late June weekend, while those farther down the road remained empty.
There are port-a-potties near the western entrance, but otherwise you’re on your own with cat holes or portable toilet solutions. Nearest showers are at Russell Pond. Please keep it clean and protect the area. I’ve passed through several times while hiking My Osceola and have observed that these sites are often filled with groups or families with multiple tents. On a late June weekend there are numerous empty sites, so they seem to be more available than the dispersed sites along Gale River Rd and Haystack Rd (farther north in Twin Mountain). Excessive drinking and noise can be an issue.
You need to be aware that bears are in the area. Following the July 4, 2019 holiday, the camping area was closed after bears visited campsites and got into food that was left in the open and not secured in vehicles or bear canisters. The camping area re-opened July 19, but check the White Mountain National Forest FB page before heading up there. If the issue recurs, I wouldn't be surprised if they close it again.
Hiking in the region include the Osceolas (moderate hike with beautiful views, exceedingly popular and crowded on autumn weekends - get there early!), Tripyramid, and Tecumseh. Shorter treks include Welch-Dickey (great open ledges) and Snow's Mountain (along a river with falls). Nearby Russell Pond offers ranger programs, fishing, and you can put a kayak or canoe in. The Pemigewassett offers tubing and kayaking put ins. Outfitters one exit south can provide you with transportation and rentals. Exit 32 for Lincoln, Woodstock, and the Kanc is less than 5 miles north.
Cell service is decent at nearby Russell Pond (Verizon seemed to offer better service than AT&T).
Grest spot for some river fun and relaxing. Very central to white mountain region. Fun for all ages. Tubing, swimming, playing in the river that runs along the campground.
Eastern Slope is a very friendly campground. The site's are not very private, but that is hard to come by if looking for a camp ground with amenities. This Camp ground has 2 Beaches on the Saco! I could see the ball field from my site and was very happy as my 7 year old wanted to play with the kids and we could see him.
We cant wait to go back.
The new owner is friendly. The location is beautiful. Limited cell service in the area. WiFi at the store only. Camp store is well supplied. Multiple shower/bathhouse/restroom buildings but the one near our site was small and not well lit. Shower stalls could to be longer to allow for dressing after shower. Shower use is $.25 for 5 or 6 minutes, which is fine because the nightly site fees are reasonable. Our site was on the river which was scenic and nice to listen to. River is rocky and shallow, not good for tubing, swimming, etc., we were also very close to the road, which was fine most nights but there was a lot of late Saturday night traffic that was noisy.
There aren't many campgrounds open in the winter in NH, but this campground just before the entrance to the larger Dolly Copp campground in Gorham is one of them. During the summer, it offers 11 sites for groups only with reservations required.
There's a blend of wooded/open sites located in a loop. So often it seems that group sites are wide open fields with minimal separation. Barnes Field provides clearly defined sites with picnic tables and fire pits. Water is supplied by a hand pump and toilets are vault. There are showers ($) nearby in Dolly Copp.
Rates in summer start at $40 for 10 campers and increase by $10 increments to $70 for 40. In winter you pay a per vehicle fee of $15.
There were youth groups and adult AMC groups at the campground.
Site 8 is more secluded and up a small hill. Site 7 is in inside of the loop, wooded, and wet around the perimeter.
It's located in close proximity to hiking trails in the northern Presidentials and Carter range. Wildcat ski is 6 miles south. There are numerous trails around for cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and ATVs.
Before staying at this campground, consider the following:
1. The campsite is directly on route 302, the traffic noise, particularly the long-haul trucks, is constant and makes it impossible to sleep(you are that close to the road and there is no woods, trees or sound a barrier of any kind, to absorb the sound)
2. There are no woods, no place to collect kindling, no way to start a campfire
3. Campfire grates are available, for rent
4. The sites are separated by a single thin line of trees, so minimal privacy
5. The campsite ground is uneven
6. The sites are not raked, so there are small rocks and pebbles everywhere
7. There are street lights on route 302 directly across the road from the campground, so it never gets totally dark
7. You may feel like you are tenting at a truck stop rather than camping at a campground
We reserved site R04 and when we arrived realized it was too small for three adults, two tents, and two dogs, so we rented R05 upon when we arrived. We left the next morning because of the noise and lack of"camping atmosphere." When we talked with the woman in charge, and said we would be leaving, she said"sorry". When i asked if she could compensate us, even for one of the six nights, she said"sorry you already checked in." I could have had a better experience camping in my background. However, we were lucky enough to get a campsite at Lost River Campground in Woodstock, NH. A beautiful, peaceful, campground, that cares about is guests and their overall experience.
If you can't snag a site along Gale River Rd or you are looking to hike the Twin Mountains, then continue a little farther north on US 3 near Twin Mountain (a little north of the Beaver Brook Picnic Area) and try your luck on Haystack Rd. This road is closed in winter and will open in late spring after the road has dried out and any repairs have been made. In 2019, it opened in mid-June. Check the the White Mountain National Forest FB page or website (FB is usually more up-to-date) for road status, including closures in the autumn.
When open, you can drive in to one of 11 numbered, wooded sites and camp up to 14 nights for free. You may have up to 3 vehicles and 15 people on a site. The only amenity is a fire pit, but the road ends at the Little River, offering fishing and swimming options. The parking lot at the end of Haystack Rd serves as the Twin Mountain trail head. You may see moose or bears in the area.
Franconia Notch State Park is just south of here, with its hikes, recreation trail, echo lake, and the Flume. Head east on 302 and you'll find yourself in Crawford Notch State Park with waterfalls and hikes.
Forgot something? Fosters Corners just a few miles north has an eclectic selection of essentials as well as gas. Or take I-93 north to Littleton to a wider variety of shops.
The Valley Way trail is a direct and easy route to the Madison Spring Hut, but if you don't have reservations or the money for a reservation, the Valley Way Tentsite may be a suitable alternative. Fallsway is a trail that runs parallel to the lower part of Valley Way and the brook, giving you a great view of small falls.
3.1 miles from the Appalachia Trailhead you'll see a sign marking the spur path to the tentsite. There's a brief uphill and then you'll pass a spring on the left, a bearline, and then the tentsites and composting toilet. The map at the tentsite mentioned 6 sites, but I could only locate 2 tent pads and 1 fire pit; now that I'm home, I see the website also only mentions 2. I had friends waiting, so I didn't do a detailed search.
It's a quiet, sheltered spot below the treeline. It's your only tenting opportunity in the area.
This was my 4th time staying in one of the AMC huts, first time at Madison Spring. This hut on the northern end of the Presidential Range is a minimum 3.8 mile/3500' climb via Valley Way Trail, but friends and I took the less traveled Howker Ridge Trail (4.4 miles/4450' to the summit of Mt Madison and then a 1/2 mile descent to the hut). Others arrive via the Gulfside Trail as part of a Presidential Traverse.
Staying in a hut has some perks for a multi-day backpacking trip. A robust dinner and breakfast are included in the nightly rate; you also receive a bunk with a mattress, pillow and 3 wool blankets. Your pack will be a little lighter and you can replenish your water for the next day's hike.
Bunks are triple deckers, so be prepared to climb a ladder if you arrive late in the day. Your bunk will have a solar reading light and numerous hooks as well as a shelf. Meals are served family style. Dinner consists of bread, soup, salad, and a main dish (we had braised beef with peas& rice); breakfast this morning was oatmeal, scrambled eggs, pancakes and bacon. Let them know about dietary restrictions when you make your reservation…and you will need reservations as the hut is usually full, though there are some special accommodations for through hikers willing to help out and sleep in the dining room.
There is potable water, sinks with running water, and compost toilets.
Depending on your route to the hut, you may want to drop your bag for a hike to the summit of Mt Madison or over to Star Lake. After dinner (at 6pm), there's a great view of sunset from the dining room or the porch, though many of us walked a little below the hut to get a clearer view of the sunset in the distance. Before dinner or after sunset the guests may hang out in the dining room playing games, reading or talking until quiet hours begin at 9:30. The Croo will awaken you at 6:30 for breakfast at 7. We found we had minimal cell service close to Star Lake, but not in the hut.
Before we left in the morning, we slackpacked to the summit of Mt Adams, the 2nd highest peak in NH, rising 1000' above the hut and offering views of Mt Washington and Mt Jefferson, then our way down via Valley Way and Randolph Path to our cars. Many other overnight guests, including throughhikers, continued on to Pinkham Notch or Mt Washington.
We had beautiful weather both days, but it is always good to check the higher summits forecast from Mt Washington and plan appropriately. We encountered sunny skies, but it was windy on the summits. Although some of the huts are open year round on a self-service basis, Madison Spring closes in the autumn.
Was a nice campground, very private sites and can’t beat the price. I didn’t like the rock mixture were you were to put your tent up on. All sites are different though, some have grass and others have platforms. There is one spot to get water which is next to the road,when you first come in. Bathrooms were pretty clean for non flush toilets. The worker was very nice and helpful to us. Tons of stars to see, since there is no electricity, worth it though. Also no cell service, so if you live on your phone might not be a good option for you. We went in July, tons of horse flys and mosquitos, bring spray.
My family loves this camp ground right on the CT River. It has RV sights and cabins they keep the campers busy with fun activities for kids and grown ups. This is what I would call a Glamping campground then a roughing it campground but it’s still amazing.
Place was clean, staff was friendly, pool is amazing (looks like a theme park), store if you forgot anything.
Plots were clean and roomy with trees and shaded.
Had an amazing rock fire-pit.
The only thing is that this place is very large and has lots of plots, so can be rather busy and not very “private”.
But if you like this kind of thing you will have a great time.
Reserved a pull through site (site 60) over the 4th of July for a couple nights with our 36’ 5th wheel. Make sure your GPS app directs your to the correct address!!! Heavily wooded campground on the Saco River, with beach access. The pull through was very narrow, uphill and sandy with many tall mature trees on either side. Leveling was a challenge. Many renters with rafts, lots of cars parked nearby. Many warnings (potential of eviction notice given at check-in) of quiet time and cleanliness posted, but there were loud fireworks nearby at night. Office staff was very friendly. Water pressure good, 30 amp full hookup, no TV air channels, no cable. WiFi was decent. Leaving our site at check out took 20-30 minutes with 3 people helping spot and asking many campers to help by moving vehicles. Very pretty place, but would not recommend for large campers. It’s a nice campground, but not suited for large campers.
This National Forest campground in Albany, NH is just west of Conway on the Kancamagus, which means it's a great location for hiking, tubing (Saco Rv in Conway), fishing, and even shopping; the choice is yours. To reach it from the Kanc, you'll need to cross the covered bridge where there's a height restriction. If your rig is >7'9" you'll need to enter via Passaconaway Rd via West Side Rd in Conway [heading north on 113/Main St, turn left just before the library and then after going through the Swift River covered bridge, turn left again on Passaconaway Rd].
Some of these sites are reservable online, but others are first-come, first-served. If you're in a tent, the sites along the back side of the loop, up the hill, offer some extra privacy. These sites won't work for an RV, but the other sites will. This campground is a bit quieter than others along the Kanc because it is set apart by Passaconaway Rd. For services you have water and vault toilets; no hookups. Nearest showers are down the road at Jigger Johnson campground, but not until Memorial Day. For cell service, you'll need to head back into Conway; it is absent for most of the Kanc. If it's open and you're passing by, you can also get cell service near height of land on Bear Notch Rd, but this is closed until late spring.
Lower Falls and Rocky Gorge are nearby. If you're going to be in the area for a while, stop by the Saco Ranger Station and purchase a weekly parking pass for all the White Mountain National Forest parking areas/trailheads. Hiking opportunities abound. Popular nearby hikes include Champney Falls/Mt Chocura. Potash Mountain and Hedgehog Mountain are hikes with nice rewards for moderate effort. The Russell Colbath House offers ranger talks during high season.
We camped here for two nights for our first family camping adventure — two adults and two kids ages 5 and 7. The campground was very clean and well organized, and the sites were relatively private. There were some camp sites right on the river, but, if you’re looking for shade or have kids, I’d suggest staying away from the sites on the river.
The river is great for exploring! But it’s extremely cold, swift, shallow, so it’s not ideal for swimming.
A couple of important things to know: 1) except for one small bath area, there were porta potties throughout the campground; 2) because it’s between two rivers (one is pretty swampy), it was very buggy; 3) the store was a good place to buy forgotten items, and they had coffee; 4) it’s a big campground and can get loud despite the quiet times.
Family owned and operated. Clean facilities and sites are not on top of each other. Located along the Baker River some nice fishing holes. Pool was perfect for those hot days, slightly heated. Smaller campground but perfect for kids and families. Seasonal campers were very nice and friendly.
The Beach Camping Area was a nice wooded camp ground right in Conway off a main road but very quiet, no traffic was head at night. It was not the most private campsite I have been to but the camp sites (at least what we saw) were very spacious so you could create your own area however you’d like. The owners were nice and check in was very easy, they also gave you plenty of pamphlets upon checking in so you could seek out local attractions. Each site had electric and water hookup and wifi was available. The bathrooms were very clean and the garbages were changed often. The best part about this campground was that there is a plethora of sites right on Saco River and it is just beautiful. We were not lucky enough to snag one of these spots but we will definitely try to get one at some point. Those sites might be crowded during the day as everyone flocks to the beach but in the evening it would be very nice to have the view of the river as the sun goes down! We arrived late and then hiked Mount Washington all day the following day and stayed again until checkout. It was a bit noisy pay 830 am so if you like to sleep in, be prepared. Other than that I cannot comment on the campsite during regular working hours. Overall we had a great stay at this campground!
We love this campground! Great clean pool, arcade and playground for the kids, great store and laundry facilities. The staff is engaged and very helpful. There is a great mix of tents, pop-ups, trailers and RVs. Quiet and private sites with a lot of space to stretch out. All of this is great but what brings me back is the swimming hole in the Saco River. Crystal clear, ice cold and refreshing. Tube, swim or dip your feet it is a great way to spend the afternoon.