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Barnes Field Campground

4 Reviews

About This Campground

National Forest

Located 6 miles south of Gorham, New Hampshire, at the base of New England's tallest peak, the historic Barnes Field Campground provides a scenic and private space for organizations, families and others to gather.

The campground is one of a few in the area that remains open in winter, providing…

Site Types

  • Tent Sites
  • Standard (Tent/RV)
  • Group

Features

For Campers

  • Trash
  • Picnic Table
  • Firewood Available
  • Reservable
  • Showers
  • Drinking Water
  • Toilets
  • Alcohol
  • Pets
  • Fires

For Vehicles

  • Max Length: 40 ft.

Access

  • Drive In
    Park next to your campsite

Reviews

4 Reviews of Barnes Field Campground

Ratings Breakdown

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Reviewed Sep. 6, 2019

Small campground ar the feet of the Presiential Range

This is probably the smallest campground I have been to. 10 sites around a loop. Some sites are quite open while a couple are nicely secluded! The location is ideal if you hike the Presidential in the White Mountains. Amenities are basic...water pump and pit toilet. You can however drive a few…

Jean C.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2019

Large group sites in summer; first come sites for all in winter

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…

  • Site 7 parking - see short video for overview. Site is below this area
  • Map - reservations only in summer; check in at the Dolly Copp campground
  • Site 1 Barnes Field parking - there's a set of steps at the end of the parking area
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Month of VisitAugust
Sarah C.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jul. 31, 2017

Nice and Spacious Group Site

This campground is great for groups! The sites are well spaced and can accommodate several tents in each site. There are multiple picnic tables (3-4) in each site and plenty of room for the whole gang. There are vault toilets and hand pumps for potable water. There are wooded, well shaded sites and…

  • Large campsite
  • Nice trees on both sides
  • Field with water hand pump
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Month of VisitAugust

Location

Barnes Field Campground is located in New Hampshire

Directions

From Gorham, New Hampshire: Take Highway 16 south for approximately 5 miles to Dolly Copp Road. Turn right and travel approximately 1 mile to the campground. Follow signs. From North Conway, New Hampshire: Take Highway 302 to Glen. Turn right onto State Route 16 north and follow for about 22 miles. Turn left onto Dolly Copp Road and travel approximately 1 mile to the campground. Follow signs.

Coordinates

44.33888865 N
71.218611 W

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About This Campground

Located 6 miles south of Gorham, New Hampshire, at the base of New England's tallest peak, the historic Barnes Field Campground provides a scenic and private space for organizations, families and others to gather.

The campground is one of a few in the area that remains open in winter, providing first-come, first-served winter camping for individuals or groups. It is adjacent to Dolly Copp Campground.

Lush forests, spectacular mountain views and convenience to outdoor recreation and scenic driving draw visitors to Barnes Field, which also provides access to some of the most popular hikes in the White Mountains.

The surrounding White Mountain National Forest encompasses nearly 800,000 acres in New Hampshire and western Maine, and is one of the most popular forests in the country.

Recreation

The campground is a popular spot for groups to camp, picnic and hike. It is a hub for hikes into the Presidential and Carter-Moriah Ranges. The Daniel Webster Scout Trail leaves from the southern end of Dolly Copp Campground into the Great Gulf Wilderness on the northeast side of Mount Washington. Many more miles of trails can be accessed within a short drive.

Within the facility, anglers can try their luck for brook trout in the creek and river. Families can learn more through educational programs presented at Dolly Copp on weekends in July and August.

The end of the camping season may also offer great opportunities for viewing fall foliage, and winter brings much fun for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and ice climbing enthusiasts.

Learn more about recreation in the national forest.

Facilities

The campground is organized in a single loop on a field that was farmed in the early 1900s. It features large, open sites designed for larger than normal camping parties and large organized groups.

Both standard and tent-only sites are available. The facility provides water and restrooms; Dolly Copp Campground has additional amenities.

Winter camping is first-come, first-served for camping parties of any size. Individuals camping in winter may need to share these large sites.

Natural Features

Barnes Field is situated in a mixed hardwood, spruce and pine forest at the base of 6,288-ft. Mount Washington, the highest peak north of the Smoky Mountains and east of the Mississippi River. The Peabody River and Culhane Brook pass by the facility as well.

The national forest is home to many species of northern wildlife, including moose, white-tailed deer and black bear. Almost 200 species of birds, including the rare Bicknell's Thrush, live in the White Mountains.

Summer temperatures are often very pleasant; however mountain weather can change drastically, putting visitors at risk for exposure to cold, rain and snow even during summer. Winters bring bitter cold and severe weather. Campers should come prepared.

Nearby Attractions

Numerous hiking trails, mountain biking trails and rock climbing routes are within a short drive of the campground. The nearby towns of North Conway, Jackson and Gorham provide shops, restaurants, supplies and other conveniences.

In summer, confident campers can try the drive up the steep Mount Washington Auto Road to catch a view from the Northeast's highest peak. Guided tours are also available. The Cog Railway ascends the other side of the mountain, and is about an hour drive from Dolly Copp.

The White Mountains region hosts four alpine and five nordic ski areas, which provide year-round recreation opportunities.

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