Extremely beautiful in the fall, with the changing of the leaves. Lots of diners, restraunts, kayaking and hiking off and near the kancamagus highway.
Had to use freecamping.org to find a spot. We were naive thinking that National Forests have free dispersed camping, but the White Mountains charge at least $20 at their sites and forbid you to camp in any place we found. almost everywhere you look are no camping signs which is so unlike many other national forests. Anyway we eventually found some spots on a forest road (I think752) that would have been very nice and secluded if it weren't already so late and they weren't already so full
We stayed at 13 Waterfalls tent site. It was rustic, small, a little cramped, but met all of our back country needs. It did cost us $20 a night. There were 7 dogs who barked all night and the sites were a few feet away from each other. There was an outhouse. I dont think the outhouse was worth $20/night… we would have been better off camping in the back country.
I generally tent or sometimes use a shelter. It is a pretty remote area with some of the worst weather and highest speed winds in the world. Don’t go into the woods in flip-flops, shorts and a tee shirt late in the day with no flashlight. Be prepared and you can enjoy some of the best backpacking New England has to offer.