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.
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!
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.
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.
Camped here several times over the years. Great facilities and easy to access the site. A small campsite feel.
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!!
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.
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
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.
Dry River Campground is not fancy and by itself, will not entertain you. It's strength is in it's location and the fact that it provides large, flat sites, with moderate amounts of sun, and plenty of privacy. The fairly new bath house is a plus.
From it's strategic location off Route 302, any hike in the Whites is only minutes away. In fact, a short connector trail from the campground gets you access to the Dry River Trail and Mt. Washington!
The park rangers are easy going, provide lots of great info, and come around with wood for a campfire nightly ($5 per bundle). The rates are cheap so the campground fills up fast and stays full most of the summer.
We return to Dry River Campground and Crawford Notch State Park every couple of years as part of our northeast rotation…. Lily Bay at Moosehead Lake in Maine is up next!