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Most Recent North Dorchester Camping Reviews
D Acres Farm Campground in the NH White Mts. Great Hiking, Biking, Skiing

If you are looking to stay at our organic farm, The Hostel at D Acres offers a range of sleeping accommodations. Site options include private indoor bedrooms, car camping spots, outdoor tent platforms accessible by car and foot, and indoor sleeping bag spaces.

Great campground and park!

We stayed on Labor Day weekend, so it was probably louder and more crowded than usual. But even still for a completely full campground it was nice! The sites are pretty spacious and there were enough suitable trees to hang two hammocks. Bathrooms were nice and clean. We rented both a canoe and kayaks and it was such a nice experience. The views from the lake are incredible. The beach area is very nice and has lots of tables and grills. We were able to hear the loons calling on the lake at night too. We’ll definitely be back, both for camping and day trips.

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!

Secluded and Beautiful

This little remote camping area is right off highway 302 between Bartlett, NH and Crawford Notch. The parking area is a decent size and popular for day users wanting to get a little taste of the Sacco River. The campsites, of which there are 8 of, are a short¼ mile walk from the parking area. I would suggest packing in a manner that allows you to get your things from your car to the site easily and with the fewest trips possible. Despite its proximity to the road, the campground is quiet.

Sites are situated just off the Sacco River and river access is easy, with multiple rocky beaches in between the sites and river. The water is clear and cold, refreshing on a warm day.

There is a composting Clivus toilet that was quite clean and stocked with toilet paper. However, the door doesn’t lock so just know that. Sites have picnic tables and fire rings as well. Some have designated tent cribbing while others just have open flat space for tents. There is no potable water available here, so be prepared to treat(filter, boil, chemical, etc.) or carry in enough water for your stay.

One thing to note about the layout of the sites: sites 1 and 2 are situated one behind the other so you have to walk through one site to get to the other. Sites 3, 4, 5 and 6 are all independently situated while 7 and 8 are also slightly stacked. However, you can get to 7 without walking through site 8.

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.

Rustic riverside campground

This year-round campground is a short walk from the road and situated along the river, providing nice swimming/wading when the weather is right. There's a small parking lot with space for several cars. Site are $15/night (2020) and a recycling toilet is available. This is bear country, so bear boxes are provided. You will cross train tracks to reach the campground and they are active tracks, so you'll hear trains. 

The river has an area with a sandy bottom and some rocks; the number of rocks you walk over will depend on the season and water levels. Bring your own water or something to filter/treat it. Sites are good-sized for a tent or two with tent pads laid out on some. There's a fire ring, but don't count on a grate. No picnic table. Site 2 is large, but you walk through it to reach site 1.

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