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Dry River — Crawford Notch State Park

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Welcome to Dry River Campground in Crawford Notch State Park! Nestled in the heart of New Hampshire's White Mountain National Forest, this spot is a gem for anyone looking to immerse themselves in nature. The campground is open from May 19 to December 2, offering a perfect basecamp for hiking enthusiasts and those looking to explore the surrounding wilderness.

The campground itself is known for its privacy and tranquility. With a mix of tent and RV sites, you'll find plenty of options to suit your camping style. Some sites even come with platforms, making it easier to set up your tent, especially if the ground is a bit uneven. The rangers here are friendly and helpful, but they mostly leave you to enjoy your stay in peace.

Amenities include hot showers, toilets, and drinking water, which are always a welcome sight after a long day on the trails. Firewood is available for purchase, so you can enjoy a cozy campfire under the stars. Pets are allowed, so feel free to bring your furry friends along for the adventure.

Visitors have mentioned that the campground is conveniently located near various hiking trails and Mount Washington. You can hear the soothing sounds of the Dry River at night, and the views of Frankenstein Cliffs are simply breathtaking. The campground is also big rig friendly, making it accessible for larger RVs.

Whether you're here for a quick overnight stay or an extended camping trip, Dry River Campground offers a serene and scenic escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. So pack your gear, reserve your spot, and get ready to enjoy the natural beauty of Crawford Notch State Park!

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Dry River — Crawford Notch State Park is located in New Hampshire

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Coordinates

44.15483863 N
71.36362736 W

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Access

  • Drive-In
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  • Walk-In
    Park in a lot, walk to your site.

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Site Types

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

Features

For Campers

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

For Vehicles

  • Big Rig Friendly

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S
Reviewed May. 6, 2024

Nice place

Cool location right on the edge of the Dry River Wilderness. Great Basecamp for lots of hikes in the area. Some spots are right on the highway with not much tree cover in between so can be loud. Some walk in sites with platforms are further from the road

Vid is from the river off the trail that starts in the campground

Month of VisitJune
Ann P.
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2023

Convenient spot

This campground has a lot of amenities like showers and washer/dryers (all coin operated). It’s right off the road, which makes it a convenient jumping off point for various trails and Mount Washington.

The sites themselves are hit or miss. Some of the sites have a view of the road, which isn’t too pleasant.

The bathroom and dumpster is not centrally located, so you have to go all the way to the entrance of the campground.

Not sure if this is normally how it is but it seems the river is quite high/flooded onto one of the sites. Now that we live in the age of climate change flash flooding, I would be watching the weather closely before staying here again.

What’s tiresome about the reservation system is that on the one hand, if you’re driving from far away you know you’re getting the site you want. But on the other, the nicest sites were reserved the entire time we were there and they were total no-shows. NH isn’t different from other state parks in this respect, but it’s definitely annoying.

Month of VisitNovember
  • Review photo of Dry River — Crawford Notch State Park by Ann P., October 30, 2023
  • Review photo of Dry River — Crawford Notch State Park by Ann P., October 30, 2023
  • Review photo of Dry River — Crawford Notch State Park by Ann P., October 30, 2023
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Lilly K.
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2023

Small & Calm campsite

We had a great 1 night stay. Campsites offer a lot of privacy. Reservation recommended.

Month of VisitNovember
Zach P.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2023

Great campground

Very nice and clean campground. Super helpful and friendly!

Month of VisitNovember
  • Review photo of Dry River — Crawford Notch State Park by Zach P., October 10, 2023
  • Review photo of Dry River — Crawford Notch State Park by Zach P., October 10, 2023
  • Review photo of Dry River — Crawford Notch State Park by Zach P., October 10, 2023
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Matt R.
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2022

👌🏻

How can you go wrong with a state park? It's great! Hammock camping for a Batchelor party! Right in the the "dry river"

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Month of VisitOctober
  • Review photo of Dry River — Crawford Notch State Park by Matt R., October 17, 2022
  • Review photo of Dry River — Crawford Notch State Park by Matt R., October 17, 2022
  • Review photo of Dry River — Crawford Notch State Park by Matt R., October 17, 2022
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Gary G.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2022

Small but perfect!

With very few sites, the Dry River Campground is one of our favorite places to camp.  The location is the White Mountain National Forest is spectacular and allows easy access to the trails.

The rangers are friendly and helpful, but mostly leave you alone.  

Facilities are basic but well maintained.  Hot showers are welcome after a long day on the trail!

SiteSite 12
Month of VisitAugust
  • Review photo of Dry River — Crawford Notch State Park by Gary G., September 9, 2022
  • Review photo of Dry River — Crawford Notch State Park by Gary G., September 9, 2022
Nathan S.
Reviewed Aug. 1, 2022

A gem of the white mountains

We were pleasantly surprised by this campground, booking 3 nights sight unseen. You could hear the river babbling at night and had incredible views of Frankenstein Cliffs as you walked to the wash house. Very private sites, clean bathrooms and coin operated showers ($0.25 for 3 minutes) and laundry. We base camped out of here and explored nearby trails, as well as Mt. Washington.

Site7
Month of VisitAugust
  • Review photo of Dry River — Crawford Notch State Park by Nathan S., August 1, 2022
  • Review photo of Dry River — Crawford Notch State Park by Nathan S., August 1, 2022
  • Review photo of Dry River — Crawford Notch State Park by Nathan S., August 1, 2022
DThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jul. 8, 2022

great location

we stayed here with friends to do some hiking. I loved having a platform to set our tent up on. we had a really rainy day but had so much fun just hanging out at our site all day cooking food under our "tarp city" we created. close to great hikes and of course the Saco!

Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of Dry River — Crawford Notch State Park by Dani P., July 8, 2022
  • Review photo of Dry River — Crawford Notch State Park by Dani P., July 8, 2022
  • Review photo of Dry River — Crawford Notch State Park by Dani P., July 8, 2022
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S
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2021

So many amenities. $25/night + $6.50 res. fee

This campground was operating under a serve-yourself basis when I camped in October, 2021. I reserved my spot, #10, online less than a week before. I loved my spot a great deal and would highly recommend it to others with tents/small rigs. Throughout my stay I didn’t see any staff and there weren’t too many other campers either as I was there during the week. They have outhouses, bathrooms, showers, laundry, potable water and a dishwashing station all included for the nightly rate of $25 + $6.50 reservation fee. No dump station, no WiFi with Verizon. They have wood for your campfire on sale with payment on an honor system basis. Domestic pets allowed, no proof of vaccination required. Can hear the traffic from the nearby road occasionally but not consistently. Lovely place that I would visit again, perfect for the introvert who likes to keep to themselves and be around those doing the same. Some spots have no privacy, #10 had the perfect amount for me.

Site#10
Month of VisitNovember
  • Review photo of Dry River — Crawford Notch State Park by Skyler , October 16, 2021
  • Review photo of Dry River — Crawford Notch State Park by Skyler , October 16, 2021
  • Review photo of Dry River — Crawford Notch State Park by Skyler , October 16, 2021
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D
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2021

Dry River Crawford Knotch State Park

The State Park is very nice. Lots of trees and shade. Sites 1 to 5 are big and site 4 fit a 24 foot RV with a 30 foot trailer.

The bathrooms and showers are by site 5. Long walk from the higher number sites. The facilities are quite nice.

Firewood is available for purchase.

Water is available but no dump.

Site4
Month of VisitOctober
J
Reviewed Aug. 20, 2021

Weekend Away

My husband and I spend a weekend here in June and it is by far our top choice for weekends away without the children. We loved being close to the mountains and trailheads, the lack of cell service forced us to become more connected and the bathrooms were so clean!!

Site3
Month of VisitFebruary
  • Review photo of Dry River — Crawford Notch State Park by Jennifer S., August 20, 2021
  • Review photo of Dry River — Crawford Notch State Park by Jennifer S., August 20, 2021
  • Review photo of Dry River — Crawford Notch State Park by Jennifer S., August 20, 2021
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R
Reviewed Aug. 1, 2021

Peaceful and great location

A small campground, mostly tent campers. Sites varied in degree of privacy. Short access to the riverbed where you can swim and explore. Fresh water available but no dump station. Great location for hikes in Crawford notch.

Month of VisitAugust
G
Reviewed Jul. 8, 2021

We had the worst site, but the campground was nice!

We booked at the last minute and got stuck with site 002, which is basically a parking lot shared with another group (no privacy at all except any vehicles you park in between). Not ideal for tent camping, but oh well! At least it was a large site, and while we could hear road noise (sites further back may not), it wasn’t too bad at night. The site also drained well after a massive thunderstorm! Most of the other sites at the campground looked great, so if you can grab one of those, you will be happy. There are even a couple of sites with three-sided shelters, which looked very appealing in the rain. We appreciated the dishwashing station, coin op showers, and friendly ranger. The river is a short walk away and would have been pleasant for a dip in warmer weather. We didn’t use it, but at the front of the campground is an open picnic area with nice mountain views. Of course, the biggest advantage of this site is the proximity to some incredible White Mountains hiking — we enjoyed gorgeous hikes to Mt Pierce and Zeacliff.

Site002
Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of Dry River — Crawford Notch State Park by Gabe , July 8, 2021
  • Review photo of Dry River — Crawford Notch State Park by Gabe , July 8, 2021
  • Review photo of Dry River — Crawford Notch State Park by Gabe , July 8, 2021
Ashley J.
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2020

Most magical

Nestled in the White Mountains, Dry River was the sweetest little state park camp spot. We stayed on site 16b (a lean-to), on the edge of the river. If you’re lucky enough to stay in this spot after a nice rain be prepared for beautiful river sounds and fresh mountain air coolness. Very private, with beautiful bath house with clean hot showers. The ranger was nice and informative.

  • Review photo of Dry River — Crawford Notch State Park by Ashley J., October 14, 2020
  • Review photo of Dry River — Crawford Notch State Park by Ashley J., October 14, 2020
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Michele S.
Reviewed Jun. 21, 2020

Great location for hiking

Quiet and clean. Large sites. Bathroom and showers we also very clean. There was an interpretive ranger staying there that held a fun night of scores and spooky stories. Hiked the Arethusa Falls and Frankenstein Cliff Trail right from the campground!

Month of VisitAugust
  • Review photo of Dry River — Crawford Notch State Park by Michele S., June 21, 2020
  • Review photo of Dry River — Crawford Notch State Park by Michele S., June 21, 2020
P
Reviewed May. 6, 2020

Great campground in a beautiful area

Pretty campground with good spacing between sites. Lots for tenting and also RV’s. There is a river near by to explore. The area has many amazing places to hike and see. There is amusement parks near by as well. Well worth the stop to camp.

Rebecca A.
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2019

Really nice spot!

The ranger at this campground was so helpful. The spots are nice and secluded. The showers are great and they have a full bathroom. There are hiking trails in the campground as well, which is nice to have!

  • Review photo of Dry River — Crawford Notch State Park by Rebecca A., September 19, 2019
  • Review photo of Dry River — Crawford Notch State Park by Rebecca A., September 19, 2019
Somer F.
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2019

Awesome

Dry river camp ground is great it’s not a huge campground so it’s quite and more relaxed then the larger campgrounds. The park rangers were fantastic they were super helpful with hiking trails and they came around a bunch of times with wood. Which was a big bundle for $6. The bathrooms are super clean and the showers and laundry room were clean. They also had a huge sink area for cleaning your dishes. We hiked a trail right from the campground to Wiley’s house it was 6 miles round trip with the dogs and the trail was well marked and we had ice cream at Wiley’s house which was great. Most of the sites had separation with a wood area but some had none so make sure you look at your site. We stayed in campsite # 14 and it’s was huge. We will definitely be back next year

  • Review photo of Dry River — Crawford Notch State Park by Somer F., August 27, 2019
  • Review photo of Dry River — Crawford Notch State Park by Somer F., August 27, 2019
k
Reviewed Aug. 1, 2019

Chill campsite + great location

When checking in, the ranger described this as "a pretty chill campground"; he wasn't wrong. Even though my dog joined in with some other camp dogs barking at people walking by (sorry neighbors), no one seemed to mind. Most everyone packed and headed out early in the mornings, since Crawford Notch is the perfect place to explore hiking, climbing, swimming...generally being outside. For such a prime location, the campsites don't feel cramped, and there's enough trees surrounding most spots to hang hammocks. No cell or internet service, but who wants that in the middle of the Whites anyway?

Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of Dry River — Crawford Notch State Park by kelsy A., August 1, 2019
D
Reviewed May. 16, 2019

Has everything you need to enjoy campling

Easy access.clise to everything you might want to do and still a quite place. Showers are great. Fishing is great with many locations to fish at

Jean C.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2018

Nice base for exploring Crawford Notch

This state park campground located between Rte 302 and the Dry River in Crawford Notch is a great location for exploring family friendly trails to (Sawyer Pond, Arethusa Falls, Willard Cliffs to name a few) or longer excursions to Mt Washington and other peaks in the Whites & Presidentials. Story Land is an easy drive, too, if you have young children.

Fees are a reasonable $25/night. Facilities include clean bathrooms with showers. In addition to the full-service, handicap accessible wash house, there are vault toilets around the loop. Cell service is poor to absent throughout Crawford Notch. If you need to connect, drive south toward Bartlett or North to Bretton Woods.

Sites are spacious, level, and wooded, though some have no real demarcation between them. This can be good if you are with friends and reserve sites side by side (2 & 3; 12 & 13), Because most of the sites are on the outside of the loop or opposite sides of the road, you won't feel surrounded. There are no hookups. Site are back-in. A few of the drive-to sites include small lean-tos. In addition, there are a few sites that are more secluded, set back further in the woods and providing a tent platform as well as a fire ring and picnic table. The entire campground is close to the road, so you will hear traffic noise. Sites 27-31 are particularly close to the main road. Although sites 2-7 appear to be far from the river, it's still just a short walk. There's a formal trail to the river from the back of the loop, near 16B (lean-to). Reservations open 11 months in advance. Mid-Oct to Dec 1 sites are walk-in only. Pre-register online and bring your print-out with you to save yourself some time.

There's no camp store, though they do have firewood for sale if you see someone. During the peak season, i expect the sites fill up in advance, but this early in the season there were sites available for Friday night when I checked in (though most only for 1 night; Saturday night was definitely harder to come by). If you haven't stocked up in advance, your best bet for groceries when coming from the south/east are Grant's Supermarket at the junction of 302 & 16 or your choice of major supermarkets in Conway.

Site3
Month of VisitJune
  • Review photo of Dry River — Crawford Notch State Park by Jean C., October 26, 2018
  • Review photo of Dry River — Crawford Notch State Park by Jean C., October 26, 2018
  • Review photo of Dry River — Crawford Notch State Park by Jean C., October 26, 2018
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Lorie P.
Reviewed Aug. 6, 2018

Large tent sites

I was able to get the last walk up site. There was a large tent platform. This campground is managed by the forest service and the ranger was very helpful. He even drove around to my site to see if I wanted a bundle of firewood. My site was about 300 feet from where I parked my car but many other sites had their cars on their site. There was fresh water and clean composting toilets. I would definitely camp there again.

Michelle K.
Reviewed Jul. 18, 2018

Very clean and cozy campground!!

Great place! You do have to pay for showers and laundry, however it was worth it. The bathroom facilities are so clean! There are great hiking trails right on the campsite. Chipmunks surround you at all times, which was pretty epic and magical! Highly recommend this camp ground!

Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of Dry River — Crawford Notch State Park by Michelle K., July 18, 2018
Sawyer G.
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2018

Nice place to hike around

My boyfriend and I camped here for a night during a short backpacking trip. It was a nice area and has some very cool trails near by along with mount Jackson and mount webster. It was very clean and we were in a very quiet area.

Month of VisitJune
C
Reviewed Jun. 19, 2018

Fun and somewhat secluded spot-highly recommend

This campground secluded and incredibly quiet. We stayed there with three families with children and the campsites are far enough away from each other that kiddos crying in one campsite were barely heard in the other. The other plus was that this campsite allowed dogs which truly made it a family affair.

The place is very clean and well kept. It also has a little trail that leads to the river which was a fun spot to hang out. It's also located near Mt. Washington and Mt. Willard. Mt Willard is a great and moderate hike with amazing views.

Month of VisitSeptember
  • Review photo of Dry River — Crawford Notch State Park by Chelsea M., June 19, 2018
  • Review photo of Dry River — Crawford Notch State Park by Chelsea M., June 19, 2018
  • Review photo of Dry River — Crawford Notch State Park by Chelsea M., June 19, 2018
B
Reviewed May. 12, 2018

Come for the showers....

Camped here several times over the years. Great facilities and easy to access the site. A small campsite feel.

Month of VisitNovember
Ellie H.
Reviewed May. 3, 2018

Great Weekend!

A friend and I went with our two dogs, we got a site set a little back, which was great!! Offered privacy, but still accessible to bathrooms and the office. Very close to many amazing hiking spots. Can't wait to go back this summer!!

Month of VisitOctober
  • Review photo of Dry River — Crawford Notch State Park by Ellie H., May 3, 2018
  • Review photo of Dry River — Crawford Notch State Park by Ellie H., May 3, 2018
H
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2017

Perfect location for the Whites and the Presidentals

Whether you’re doing day hikes in the area, recovering after a long backpacking trip, or enjoying the many attractions, this campground is the perfect place for exploring all this area has to offer. Lots of water spigots and a few sites near the river, plus showers. It’s extremely well cared for, likely thanks to the AMC culture in this part of the world. It’s open year-round so it’s a nice place to stay when you’re skiing in Tuckerman or XC skiing along dozens of other trails. Make a reservation if possible, this site will fill up every day in the summer and into fall. I love this part of NH.

M
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2017

DRY RIVER CAMP GROUNDS IN NEW HAMSHIRE

THEY ARE VERY KIND UNDERSTANDING AND KNEW WHAT TO DO WHEN I HAD MY MEDICAL EMERGENCEY THANK YOU SO MUCH THE ONLY THING THAT I THOUGHT COULD IMPROVE IS MAYBE THE BATHROOMS COLD WATER TO SHOWER NOT NICE RATED 4/5

Kyle H.
Reviewed Sep. 7, 2016

In the middle of it all

What a great campground in the Whites. Close to nearby towns, hikes, waterfalls. Restrooms and showers a notch above the rest. Quiet and nice large sites. Visited by a Barred Owl in the middle of the night....awesome.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are fires allowed at Dry River — Crawford Notch State Park?

Yes, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, fires are allowed at Dry River — Crawford Notch State Park, although make sure to check current fire restrictions in the area.

Does Dry River — Crawford Notch State Park have wifi?

No, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, Dry River — Crawford Notch State Park does not have wifi.

Is there cell phone reception at Dry River — Crawford Notch State Park?

According to campers on TheDyrt.com, Verizon signal is unknown, AT&T is unknown, and T-Mobile is available.