Mollidgewock State Park, overlooking the Androscoggin River, is embedded in the beautiful and tranquil scenery that makes up what I would call, the moose capital of NH.
My visit proved incredible as I got to experience my very first moose sighting! In fact, Rte 16, along where Mollidgewock is located, is one of the most prominent places for spotting moose in NH. As long as you keep your distance, it’s amazing to see these breathtaking animals. They generally come out at dawn and dusk and are truly, truly magnificent.
When not out searching for moose, I camped out in site 30 - and while I traditionally would have disregarded this site altogether due to its openness - I was certainly rewarded for giving it a go. What you make up for in sparsely wooded sites, is an expansive star-studded sky. Combined with the music of the nearby rapids and the backdrop of Errol’s alluring wilderness, you’ll be lulled into a deep relaxation. The only potential downfall is that the site adjoins the grounds’ natural beach, so everyone and their brother will think nothing of crossing through your space to get there. It felt very “shared”- but it only proved an issue a couple times when various toddlers ran to my tent. Otherwise, I met some really cool dogs (and neighbors) out of the deal!
The grounds host about 40+ sites and offer pit toilets for campers. No hot water or showers, but water spigots are dispersed throughout. So, definitely be prepared to rough it for a couple of days.
Mollidgewock seemed an extremely popular venue for fishing and many had luck in catching their dinners! The main office was super friendly; check-in/ check-out was easy and they had canoes and kayaks available for rent.
The locale itself definitely moves to its own pace. Errol is a small community, with only a few convenience stores, gas stations, gift shops and restaurants in town. You’ll want to keep in mind that many places are closed sundays and Mondays. Make sure you plan ahead!
For hiking enthusiasts, there are numerous lookouts and trails to explore along Rte 16 and 26-from the Moose Caves in Grafton State Park, the Appalachian Trail, Diamond Peaks Trail, and various river paths, you won’t be bored!
In terms of my favorite Mollidgewock campsites, for those that crave solitude, sites 19 and 7a were where it’s at-19 offers the most privacy, while still bordering the river bank; 7a was along the opposite side of the road in a more densely wooded, discreet area. Site 41 was relatively private and within vicinity of rapids. Site 36 is another decent option, providing a lean-to edging the riverbank. Sites 4, 5, and 6, though quite open and visible, seem pretty cool options for riverbank camping.
I would definitely beware sites 20 and 23 as they were both extremely wet and muddy, particularly #20. Not exactly fun nor relaxing in my book!
Mollidgewock was an amazing experience and I totally recommend this magical place for camping, nature and animal lovers alike! It’s perfect for short escapes from City life!