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.
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!
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.
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!
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
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?
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
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.
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.
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!