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Established Camping

Wild River Campground

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National Forest

White Mountain National Forest

Visitors can enjoy a variety of recreation opportunities around the campground, including fishing in the Wild River, strolling along the easy grade of the Wild River Trail, or exploring the rugged Wild River Wilderness.

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Location

Wild River Campground is located in New Hampshire

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Directions

This remote campground is located 5 miles down the gravel Wild River Road off Route 113, 3 miles South of Route 2 in Gilead, ME.__ Route 113 is gated closed during the winter months.

Coordinates

44.305408 N
71.06459 W

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Access

  • Drive-In
    Park next to your site
  • 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

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  • Trash
  • Drinking Water
  • Toilets
  • Alcohol

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  • Sanitary Dump

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Ken O.
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2024

Amazing back country camping area

You want to get away from the world this is your destination.

Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of Wild River Campground by Ken O., June 28, 2024
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Reviewed Sep. 21, 2020

Pretty Mediocre

Based on the other reviews, I was pretty excited about this campground, but found myself pretty disappointed.

First, this campground is not exactly "on" the Wild River--it is probably 100 yards away through the forest, but I could barely hear the river from my campsite (one of the "riverside" sites) and of course could not see it at all.  There are a couple of small tributaries between the campground and the river, but there were basically dry when I was there in September.  

There are three "riverside" campsites, but one is permanently occupied by the manager, so really there are two.  The sites are large enough, and there is probably 40 yards between campsites, but there is little tree cover, so there is little privacy between these "riverfront" sites--see photos.  I didn't look at the "walk up" campsites, but they seemed to all be up a flight of 10-12 steps from their parking spots.  

I didn't have time to do any extended hikes, but did go down to the river.  The banks are generally 6-8 foot drops to the river bed, with access points here and there, so access to the river is kind of limited near the campsite.  When I was there in September, the river was flowing pretty well, but probably occupied about 20% of the riverbed (the rest being river rock).  

The night I was there, the occupants of campsite 3 were filming some kind of movie involving women gyrating around in the woods at night, not sure what that was all about.  At least they were quiet; the bright lights were a bit obnoxious, but no big deal.

Bathrooms were fine.  $20 seemed like a lot for this campground to me.

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Month of VisitOctober
  • Review photo of Wild River Campground by Thomas R., September 21, 2020
  • Review photo of Wild River Campground by Thomas R., September 21, 2020
  • Review photo of Wild River Campground by Thomas R., September 21, 2020
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Sarah C.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jun. 26, 2020

Update/continuation to previous review

In an effort to help continue providing accurate and up to date information, I wanted to take a moment and write a second review for this campground (my last one was roughly 2 years ago). There is currently conflicting information regarding the operation status of this campground on the US Forest Service's website. As of 6/21/20 this campground IS open despite being listed as closed on the USFS website as of today, 6/26/20. So fret not, the road and the campground are open and operational for the summer season.

The campground is first come-first serve and is off the beaten path at the end of an approximately 7.5 mile gravel road, crossing from Maine into New Hampshire. There is a host present for the summer season in site 1. There is a parking area available for day users for a fee and the Access Pass or similar annual agency passes are honored here.

Sites are $20/night and there are two lean-to shelters available. A few of the sites are drive in/up to while others are a short walk from various parking areas so plan accordingly, as you may need to carry your gear in a short distance. You may want to pack in a consolidated manner.

We stayed here the night before we headed into the Wild River Wilderness for a few nights of backcountry travel. It was a great starting point. Sites were incredibly well maintained (raked and free of any debris) and the campground is quiet, sites are well spaced out. The septic pump truck was pumping and cleaning the pit toilets when we arrived back at the campground at the end of our backcountry travel. 

There is a self service pay station and map of the campground as you arrive, making it easy to find sites and get a lay of the land before settling in for your stay. The Wild River is in the campground and depending on the water levels, can be a wonderful place to sit and cool off or ford and access trails across the river. Be advised, there is only one bridge constructed across the Wild River and it is just off Route 113 BEFORE you turn onto the gravel forest service road that leads to the campground (so 7.5 miles from the campground). So if you are looking at old maps, any "footbridge" or "suspension bridge" listed no longer exists. The river does flood, especially in the spring and fall so be sure to have backup plans should you not be able to cross on a planned hike. 

This is a hidden gem and a great place to spend a long weekend. There is great hiking and swimming holes are plentiful. Pit toilets are clean as are site, spacious too! Check it out.

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Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of Wild River Campground by Sarah C., June 26, 2020
  • Review photo of Wild River Campground by Sarah C., June 26, 2020
  • Review photo of Wild River Campground by Sarah C., June 26, 2020
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Sarah C.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2017

Off the beaten path!

If you're looking for a nice secluded spot a little bit out of the way but not totally in the middle of nowhere, this is a great spot. The campground is 5.5 miles off of state route 113 down a gravel Forest Service road that is well maintained, however the road is gated and not maintained in winter.

The campground is a small USFS run facility with two small loops of sites. One loop has three sites and the other has 9. All sites are nicely shaded and have fire pits and picnic tables. The three sites in the lower loop are all pull through or back in sites. The remaining 9 are a bit elevated and have a small parking area about 20 yards (nice or take) from each site. Some require climbing a small set of stairs to access.

The lower loop's sites are right on the Wild River and are a bit larger than the others. The campground has two sets of vault toilets which are well maintained and odor free (at least in the fall). The campground only had two other sites occupied so it was like we had the place to ourselves.

There is a water spigot available for fresh water and serves as the only running water at the campground. There is a camp host on site that is eager to help and answer questions if needed. Sites are $18/night and there is an "iron ranger" (pay station) at the entrance.

If you're looking for something a little off the main road, this is your spot!

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Month of VisitOctober
  • Review photo of Wild River Campground by Sarah C., September 27, 2017
  • Review photo of Wild River Campground by Sarah C., September 27, 2017
  • Review photo of Wild River Campground by Sarah C., September 27, 2017
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Frequently Asked Questions

Does Wild River Campground have wifi?

No, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, Wild River Campground does not have wifi.