Located 6 miles south of Gorham, New Hampshire at the base of New England's tallest peak, the historic Dolly Copp Campground is a large facility that accommodates a range of campers and provides access to some of the most popular hikes in the White Mountains.
Lush forests, spectacular mountain views and convenience to outdoor recreation and scenic driving draw visitors from all over to Dolly Copp. 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.
The campground is a hub for hikes into the Presidential and Carter-Moriah Ranges. The Daniel Webster Scout Trail leads from the 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 on weekends in July and August. The end of the camping season may also bring great opportunities for viewing fall foliage.
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Dolly Copp is the largest campground within White Mountain National Forest. Sites are spacious and organized into several loops. Some sites have 30amp / 50 amp hookups. Coin operated showers, flush toilets, water spigots are located throughout the campground.
Dolly Copp 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 through the facility.
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. Campers should come prepared.
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 clear weather, 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.
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This large national forest campground is in the midst of extensive renovations that are expected to continue until 2021. You'll find new bathrooms with showers, roadways, and sites with and without electric hookups. Many of the sites are in open fields, but others provide shelter in the woods. The wooded sites are definitely more popular. Because of the renovations, as of April 2020 they are not accepting reservations. If the campground opens summer 2020, you'll want to arrive early on holiday weekends to be sure of a campsite.
This is a prime location for adventure in the mountains, with multiple routes up Mt Washington (trail, auto road, or cog railway). If it's hiking you're after, you're conveniently located for the northern Presidentials and the Carter-Moriah range. Family friendly hikes to Glen Ellis Falls and Diana's Baths are nearby. Less than 40 minutes in either direction are Story Land and Santa's Village, NH family destinations for generations. Some of the nearby ski areas offer a variety of activities, including zip lines and mountain biking.
Dolly Copp is going through a huge renovation. new roads, new bathhouse, outhouses and sites..
Great flat sites, ask the ranger for a recommendation. We got one right near the river which was great for relaxing and wahsing up!
THere are a lot of sites here, some bad, some good, only a few really good. Lots of field camping if you like that. Bring a tarp for your tent, rains can be torrential. Right under Mt . Washington. Quite a few major trails right in or near campground. Bathrooms fairly clean. Nearest town has tourist tbings to do, next nearest town has huge Wal-Mart. No hookups.
Dolly Copp Camprground is located in the White Mountains of Gorham, New Hampshire. The area in and around the National Forest is spectacular. The trees and ranges are brilliantly breathtaking. The campground itself proximate to Mount Washington and the Presidential Mountain Range. The grounds seem to be closed at the moment due to planned improvements and are managed by the USDA Forest Service.
Though my time was short, I was impressed with the grounds. Unfortunately my site at the time was without shade, but there were plenty around that were well situated and secluded. You need to book early if you want a decent site! Some book a year in advance! Dolly Copp seemed massive and could accommodate a large number of campers. I think are 177 camp sites overall. There is also a scenic river and multiple foot trails around the park.
The weather can be volatile in the park and rains frequently, so be sure to bring plenty of gear and dress warmly if you plan to visit! But I definitely recommend this campground and encourage you all to visit Mount Washington!
Great weather, easy drive in spot to camp at nt night. We arrived about midnight, paid via maildrop and were able to easily setup camp that evening. Best place to camp in the park with your dog if you plan on hiking up Tuckerman's ravine the next day.
This is a perfectly situated campground. Just off the main road connection Gorham and North Conway (Route 16), this campground is just minutes from town but has a wonderful wilderness feel. While this is a relatively large campground, a significant portion of it is under construction currently (Summer 2017).
There are several loops of sites here but each site is spacious and wooded, with lot's of shade. There are flush toilets (no showers) and water spigots throughout the campground. Some sites do experience a bit of foot traffic if they are on the way to one of the restrooms.
There is a small welcome/registration building where you stop to register on your way in. Be careful driving through the campground, the roads are in rough shape due to the construction.
Sites have very clean fire pits, picnic tables and plenty of space for pitching a tent or two. There are several sites here that cater more to RVs but many of the sites are very tent friendly (soft, non-gravel real estate). Sites are $22/night and $5 for each additional vehicle.
This is a popular spot with lot's of amazing hiking in the vicinity so reserve early!
This campground is one of the largest in the forest system that I've been to. It's got tons of space which will fit almost any size camper from tent to the largest RV. Some of the sites are nestled into the tree line while others are pretty much wide open. (Although and thankfully to the tent campers they don't have any hookups or electric or dump stations, which I think deters some)
Decent flush restroom and potable water. For a tent I thought it was a little inconvenient for some of them to be stuck right in between RVs (be careful)
While visiting, we made friends with a moose. Well, she walked through our campsite. Very spacious and nice to have good toilets. Unfortunately, we did not summit Mt Washington :(