In Maine and New Hampshire’s grandiose White Mountain National Forest, locals and tourists alike tend to fall in love with the area’s intersection of wild, seemingly untouched territory and quaint, modern towns. Camping options in these parts range from backcountry and primitive camping sites to glamping resorts with all the amenities. For campers looking for the latter, one such amenity-loaded experience is northwest New Hampshire’s Moose Hillock Camping Resort.
5 Reasons To Go Camping at Moose Hillock Resort, According to The Dyrt Campers
Located in between Maine and Vermont, this family campground resort is open from May to October. Each tent or RV site is large, shady, and private; RV sites offer full hookups. And in the glamping corner of the campground, there are two styles of rustic post and beam cabins that offer a true taste of what comfortable camping in the Whites is all about.
If you’re looking for a more upscale camping experience in the Granite State, we think you’ll love Moose Hillock.
1. The Gorgeous Cabin Suites
If you’ve been on the fence about glamping, why not just go for it? Spending a vacation in a cozy, rustic cabin might seem frivolous and almost anti-camping to diehard tenters, but we think it’s a fun, splurge-worthy experience. With two different cabin styles to choose from, Moose Hillock is an upscale glamping experience that is perfect for those wanting to get their feet wet in the glamping world.
Both types of units contain a refrigerator, picnic table, fireplace, and charcoal grill. Bring your own linens, towels, and other necessary sleeping items, as well as lanterns, cookware, and utensils. A good rule of thumb: bring whatever you’d normally bring for tent camping. You’re still roughing it…just in comfort.
2. Its all-around cleanliness
We know that when you’re camping, it’s expected that things might get a little dirty. It’s just part of the game, and we’re okay with it. But when you’re staying at a campground with dirty bathrooms and unkept grounds, it can put a damper on the whole experience. This is not the case with Moose Hillock facilities. From the pool to the bathroom to each individual tent site, every single component is clean, orderly, and modern.
“The bathrooms are clean and there are several throughout the campground. The showers are warm and clean as well. It does cost .25 to use a shower.” —The Dyrt camper Amy G.
3. The Access to The Whites
It’s no secret that the White Mountains of New Hampshire feature some pretty stellar hiking. Fitting a wide range of capabilities, hikes range from walking paths that are wheelchair accessible to trails that wind to the very top of New England. There are also numerous lakes, as well as the Pemigewasset River for fishing, swimming, and white water kayaking. Whatever activity or outdoor sport that piques your interest, having a relaxing home base like Moose Hillock means you can unwind from your adrenaline-fueled day.
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4. The Family-Friendly Activities
Whether you’re camping in a tent or living it up in a cabin, rest assured: the kids are alright. With a heated pool that not only has a giant wooden pirate ship, but a lagoon and multiple water slides, kids both young and young-at-heart will be entertained for hours. When you’re in need of a little R&R, there are poolside lounge chairs and a cafe that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
The fun doesn’t stop at the pool. With a wooden pirate ship, slides, swings, bridges, and a train, the good times continue at Fort Hillock Playground. For sports lovers, a volleyball and basketball court are available for your use as well. And for those rainy days that are bound to happen in a New England summer, there’s an indoor game center with pool tables, pinball and video games, air hockey, and other classic table games.
“The pool is our favorite place to be! It is large, clean and so much fun! The pirate ship, lagoon and water slides keep my 3 kids busy for hours. The pool is heated and so large that it never feels crowded. I personally love the lounge chairs and enjoyable music pool side. You can grab a snack at the pool side cafe so you don’t have to walk all the way back to your site.” —The Dyrt camper Amy G.
5. There’s options for your RV and tent, too
For those not glamping in Moose Hillock’s cabins but still interested in the numerous amenities offered, the resort also has spacious tent and RV campsites on site. With flush toilets and hot showers, the campground offers a camping experience that feels like a home away from home. Tent sites are grassy with a soft, sandy pad, and all sites at Moose Hillock are oversized and wooded for ultimate privacy. Each has their own fire pit made from large rocks, and when you set up your tent or park your RV, it quickly becomes a secluded camping haven.
“We had fun here, the sites are huge and very private. The staff was plentiful, and courteous. The best feature is the huge pool, complete with faux pirate ship and two water slides. The campground has weekend activities for kids and is well located to enjoy many of the highlights of central NH.” —The Dyrt camper Nate S.