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Most Recent North Dorchester Camping Reviews
Family camping

Absolutely beautiful place to camp!

Easy Introductory Backpack but VERY Popular

This is a great beginner backpacking trip, great even for kids! The site has one shelter and 6 campsites available on the bank of Sawyer Pond. You can reach the backcountry campsites via a 1.5 mile walk from the Sawyer Pond Trail Head off of NH highway 302, or in 4.5 miles from the Sawyer Pond Trail Head off 112(the Kancamangus Highway). We went in from 112 and came out the shorter trail on our last morning. 

Sites have platforms large enough to accommodate two free standing 2-4 person tents, depending on size and style. Each site also has a fire ring and there is plenty of dead and downed wood to have a nice(responsibly small) campfire without cutting down standing trees. There is a lot of damage in the surrounding area where folx have cut down trees to have fires. Sites are a little close together but the shelter is set off a good distance from the tent sites. 

There is one bear hang located just in front of sites 3 and 4 that is large enough to accommodate food from multiple groups. You will need rope to hang your food, however a cable is provided. There are several raised smoldering toilets(3 listed on the area map, I only ventured to one of the). These are nicely constructed but it was evident that the site had been heavily used over the summer, as the toilet was quite full. 

Water can be sourced from a small stream that flows from Sawyer Pond to Little Sawyer Pond adjacent to site 1. Be sure to treat all water taken from the pond/stream prior to consuming. The water in the pond is very warm, perhaps warmer than it should be. 

The camping area has a number of established social trails and users should be aware of walking through other sites. Each site has a list of regulations and associated fines posted on the site number. Please follow the U.S. Forest Service rules and regulations to preserve this site from being used to death. It really is a beautiful spot and easily accessible, thus protecting and preserving it for others is even more difficult so please do your part and encourage others around you to do the same. 

Due to the site’s popularity, plan accordingly. Have a back-up plan for an alternate camping location(beyond the posted Forest Protection Area). We witnessed several parties, many with young children, arriving late to find that all the sites were occupied. Do yourself a favor and arrive early!

Awesome winter camping

Stayed here for two nights in late December. Site #40 along the river was close to the bathroom yet had plenty of privacy from other sites. The campgrounds were well cared for and the staff was friendly. There are some nice looking tent only sites we plan to experience come springtime. Water would have earned it five stars.

A fantastic campsite that is worth the tough trails to get to

Amazing views from some of the platforms, easy access to water, friendly park managers. Used this as our midway point for a 2-day pemi loop before our friends wedding. Did not disappoint!

Easy hike to a pondside campground with a lean-to or tent sites

Sawyer Pond was my introduction to backpacking more than 40 years ago. We approached it from the Kancamagus side, which necessitates a crossing of the Swift River early in the hike and may be dangerous if the river is high. The easier access is from the Sawyer River Rd, though until the road opens after mud season, it will be a longer hike. Check the White Mountain National Forest website for information about road openings in the spring and fall. Either approach, but particularly the one from Sawyer River Rd, is family friendly. It's easy access means it can also attract weekend partiers. 

This is open year round and each season offers something different. It's a nice snowshoe hike in winter. I've ice-fished on the pond. Sites are first-come, first-serve with a tent platform and fire pit. Plan to hang your food due to bears. No cell service. Autumn colors across the pond are pretty.

Our favorite Park in the whole Vt. State Park system

Quiet little park on Ricker Pond. I have been camping at this park for 50 years. 3 generations of our family get together when we can. The pond is great for swimming, kayaking, fishing and exploring. Plenty of things to do in the Groton State Forest as well. Plenty of prime lean-to and tent sites on the wate. Site #8 is our favorite but it is very popular

A Vermont State Park for remote camping

Molly’s Falls Pond property consists of 1064 acres including the 411-acre pond. U.S. Route 2 traverses the northern edge of the property and there is a dam at the western end of the reservoir that is owned by Green Mountain Power Company. This 411-acre lake is largely undeveloped and is an excellent spot for swimming, boating and fishing. Anglers will find a variety of fish including rainbow trout, brown trout, northern pike, pickerel, smallmouth bass and yellow perch here. Camping and picnicking along the shores is accessible by a side road off from US. Route 2. There are 5 unofficial, remote campsites at the park. They are available on a first-come, first-served basis. There is a boat launch with 2 fishing platforms, plus a nearby port-o-let. Swimming is allowed off the shoreline, but is restricted at the boat launch. Additionally, there are 10 remote picnic sites.

Beaver, geese and loons

We paddled into the campground because it was officially closed. Vermont state parks allow camping in the off season, but gates are locked and bathrooms are closed so camping is primitive. We had a beautiful leanto on the water with a good place to beach the kayaks. Beavers swam by our site and migrating geese were on the pond. We were the only people in the park, so it was very quiet. I totally recommend off season camping.

Quaint Hidden Gem

Off the beaten path so its peaceful. Sites are a little small but great if you're camping with a group so your close together. Plenty of sites/types to choose from. We we're fully contained so we did not need the restrooms but there were plenty of them. Pool was closed for the season since it was Columbus Day but it was a good size along with a kids playground. Trails around property gave you the ability to take walks in the woods. Cute little brook runs along the property and beautiful views just right down the road. Owners were very friendly and laid back. Will definitely go back.

Family friendly with beautiful foliage

Very family friendly spot. Had beautiful gal foliage and was close to some great hikes. Our spot near the river was also very cool