Sarah C.

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Gorham, NH

Joined April 2017

I am an avid adventurer who loves spending times in our natural spaces, especially our National Park system! My wife & two pups adventure with me!

First to Review
Camping Along the Magalloway River

Let me start by saying that this camping area has a lot of potential, it just needs some attention from the owners. Diamond Peaks is a camping area accessible by boat only. Situated along the beautiful Magalloway River, it offers a spot to stay if you are interested in embarking on a multi-day paddle.

Note: the price listed above is per person, per night.

The campground has 6 designated sites, three of which are quite nice and three that are laughable and shouldn't be considered designated sites. There is also an out house with two pit toilets that was in total disrepair. There was trash all over the floor of both toilets and neither had been tended to in quite some time. Sites 1, 2 and 3 are nice and include picnic tables and small fire rings. Site 1 is a short distance from the floating dock and 2 and 3 are a bit further down and both are situated just above the river. Be warned, it is VERY buggy here in July especially if there isn't a breeze and if you are on the back side of the area (sites 4, 5 and 6). Site 3 is the nicest in my opinion, as there is a small beach area that is nice for wading or taking a dip to cool off. Otherwise, you have to get in the water at the dock area and the current can be swift there so use caution.

Site 4 has a small fire ring but no picnic table and is tiny. Site 5 has no fire ring or picnic table and is just sort of in between some trees. Site 6 is a joke, the number isn't even on the tree anymore but on the ground. These sites were even more buggy than 1-3. 

It was evident that someone comes out to mow the grass so the sites are kept free of tall grass. However, it would appear that the upkeep stops there. The dock is a floating with a step ladder that goes from the dock up the river bank. The steps need some attention. 2 of the steps are completely broken making it difficult to get on and off the dock, especially with gear. 

The main office for Northern Waters is in Errol and you have to stop and pick up a paper permit prior to arriving at the campsite. While I had positive interactions via email with someone, the individual that was in the office when I went to get my permit could have cared less. He asked me rather rudely if I needed something and when I told him I was there to pick up my permit, he handed me the paper and told me to fill it out, take the yellow copy and he walked out the door and got into a van. I wasn't sure what number site we were in, nor did he offer any information or ask if we had any questions. It seemed a little ridiculous to have me physically come in the office if they didn't actually need anything, at least something that couldn't be done online. 

It is a beautiful spot, as I said. It just needs a little love. I did enjoy catching a few fish off the dock in between swatting at the mosquitos. So that was a plus!

Nice folks and super reasonable price

This campground is just north of Errol, NH along the Magalloway River. The sites and facilities are well maintained and quite clean. The owners and staff are quite nice and really do a great job managing the campground. There are nice shaded sites along the river as well as a number of sites in a wide open field. Be sure to ask about the amount of shade (or lack there of) when you make your reservation. While being in the field in a climate controlled RV may not be a big deal, being in the sun from sunrise to sunset can be rough as a tent camper.

Sites have picnic tables, fire rings and are nicely spaced from one another. There is a bath house that is clean and a nice amenity, especially for the reasonable rate of $15/night for tent campers (almost unheard of at many private campgrounds). 

You can put your boat in upstream of the campground and paddle to the area or you can drive. We paddled from just upstream and continued on the following day. There are several grassy spots where you can slide your boat onto shore.

Nice Riverside Spot

This camping area is a nice spot if you are looking for a quiet place along the Connecticut River. This is a Vermont State Park, however, it is open for primitive camping only and advertised as boat-in only. That being said, you can access the camping area via VT102 but there is no signage so having a Vermont Atlas is most helpful. Boating in, the sites are easy to spot as there is a sign on the riverbank that says, "Lyman Falls State Park." If you chose to drive, you will have to park at a small parking area indicated by a few large boulders and then carry your things in about 200-250 yards. 

I was here in early July and while there was an outhouse, there was a very active hornets nest occupying the privy making it absolutely unusable. The area also could have used some mowing and weed whacking. 

There are three sites with nice large pines offering ample shade. Each site has enough flat space to pitch a couple of tents (anywhere from 2 to 5 depending on which site). One site has a picnic table and they all have fire rings. There is also a great swimming area in a large deep eddy and the remnants of an old dam can be seen upstream.

There are a few short walking trails, one of which leads to a pavilion though it isn't riverside. We drove north about 20 minutes to the Beecher Falls river access area and paddled back down to our campsite which was a nice little float. The Beecher Falls River Access area was just completed and is in great shape, making getting the boat down to the river super easy.

You can see other campsites on the New Hampshire side of the river with cars driven right down to the river bank. I am unsure who manages the camping area on that side.

Designated Camping in the Wilderness

The Wild River Wilderness is a relatively newly designated tract of land. The established campsites within the wilderness area were once shelters, all of which were dismantled and removed after the Wilderness designation. So the site is impacted but still quite pristine. There is a fair amount of Forest Service signage as you enter the campsite area and we were even visited by a backcountry ranger.

There are several tent sites with cribbing, most of which appear to potentially flood in heavy rains so be thoughtful when selecting your site. We had the place to ourselves so the options were plentiful. Just watch your step and where you set your things down, as there are a number of beautiful Lady Slipper plants in the area. Bears are an issue so be sure to hang your food and toiletries. There is a perfect bear hang tree near the fire pit so as long as no one is camped right in that area, it's an easy toss with some para-chord. 

There is a cool slab waterfall a short down hill walk from the campsite. There are a few social trails leading down to it. We enjoyed hanging out and cooling off in the cold water. There is a large established fire ring with some log benches that creates a nice little spot to hang out and eat. We decided to do a little day hike up to a view point once we got ourselves set up for the evening. It's about a half mile or so toward Rim Junction and the trail pops out on a little rocky ledge that looks down toward the Basin Campground and the Caribou Speckled Wilderness area. It was a great (and bug free, thanks to the breeze) spot to hang out for a little bit. 

There are several campsites available here and it's rather spread out. Be sure to have the appropriate gear to dispose of human waste properly. It can get a little gross around the campsite in the heart of the busy summer season, just FYI. We were here in June of 2020 and due to COVID-19 and the timing, it was evident that this site hadn't seen much use this season as of yet. By the fall, this site can be full of mice so just be aware that timing can make all the difference.

Backcountry Wilderness Camping

The Wild River Wilderness area spans both New Hampshire and Maine and can be accessed by multiple trail heads in either state. Route 113 (open seasonally late May/early June until the snow begins to fall) travels through the Evans Notch in the White Mountain National Forest and has multiple trail heads that enable you to access the Wild River Wilderness Area. This wilderness area is relatively new and is one of my favorites in the country.

There are several established campsites in the Wilderness Area, most of which had shelters at one point that were taken down once it received the Wilderness designation. However, the areas are still established camping areas with tent cribbing and many have established fire rings and National Forest Service signage. I will try to add those camping areas and review them based on their names and not lump them into one review. 

That being said, this particular review is focused on camping in the Wilderness outside of designated sites. In our household, we call this "bush crashing." In May of this year, the Dyrt magazine published a helpful article about this very thing and you can check it out here: https://thedyrt.com/magazine/lifestyle/free-camping-national-forests/

There is plenty of "dispersed" (aka bush crashing) available in the Wild River Wilderness. Just keep in mind that some areas are not open to camping, mainly Forest Protection Areas that are generally located within a 1/4 mile from trail heads and established designated campsites. Otherwise, just find a spot 100-200 feet from water and the trail and you're golden. On this particular trip we parked at the Wild River Campground (fee required to park here) and headed into the woods via the Wild River Trail. Once you're in the wilderness area, keep your eyes pealed for any flat-ish spot up from the river and you won't be disappointed. 

Just remember, dispersed camping can be a little bit of a shock if you're used to rolling up to an established and/or maintained camping area. It will not look like what you may expect, so don't be disheartened or deterred. You can still make a cozy home for the night. Be sure to bring a stove to cook one, as fires are not permitted outside of designated sites. Also be prepared to dispose of your solid human waste per Leave No Trace principles (back a WAG bag or trowel). There's a lot to explore and with the ability to camp just about anywhere you want, there's no need to worry about mileage or a camp site being full. The world is your oyster when you hone the art of bush crashing!

A little something for everyone

This Camping Park has something for just about everyone. Whether you have an RV (small, medium or large), tent, are looking for a cabin or want a little more of a wilderness feel, this place has something to offer. 

While the campground looks to be primarily RV camping from the road, there are many tent sites tucked away in the trees and even two sites that are walk-in only and are situated right on the Androscoggin River. Additionally, the campground has several nice cabins available as well.

Let's start with the RV sites: there are a bunch! This campground also hosts many seasonal campers who have sites situated around the perimeter of both sides of the campground (split by Route 2). Seasonal campers have some pretty sweet set-ups for sure. The only downside to some of the RV spots is that they can be in the sun almost all day which can be a bit much in the heart of the summer. Otherwise, sites are well maintained and have all the normal hookups for RVs.

Tent sites are well spaced and almost all of them are in the shade which is a huge bonus! Each site has a picnic table, fire ring and nice level spot to pitch your tent. Bath houses are conveniently located throughout the campground and are well maintained. 

The two walk-in tent sites are very secluded and offer fire rings, picnic tables, a bear box and one of the two sites has a wooden tent platform. The second site's tent platform is currently being built (July 2020) and should be at the site and ready for use soon. These sites sit right on the beautiful Androscoggin River, offering a serene backdrop for your camping adventure.

The campground is situated in-between two large tracts of the White Mountain National Forest. Great hiking is available at the campground as well as a short drive away. If hiking is a hobby of yours, look no further! This is a great location to base yourself out of to get some solid miles under your belt. There is a campground office that has a small store as well as laundry facilities. They also offer an AT Hiker Hostel. They also have a nice heated swimming pool, playground and many other amenities. When there isn't a global health pandemic, they have a bouncy house for the kids. They often show movies on the lawn when the weather cooperates. They also rent kayaks and you can launch from the campground or they will shuttle you some place near by.

It really is a campground with a little bit of everything! Owned by locals of the community who have run the place for over 25 years.

Great Vermont State Park

We stayed here only a few days after the campground opened due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. They were certainly quite busy for only their 3rd day open this season. It was also evident that they are still working out a few kinks as they adjust and adapt to serve campers among lot's of new mandates. Be patient with the staff, as they are busy and appear to be under staffed. 

Note: there are several services that are not available due to the pandemic and cabins are not available for the 2020 camping season. Check in is at 2 and check out is at 11, it was our experience that early check-ins and late check outs are not allowed so just know that upon arrival.

There are just over 60 sites available in three separate loops. The second loop has a new bath house that is very clean and provides 3 toilets per gender and 4 unisex quarter operated showers. The showers are very clean and nice, as well as reasonably priced in my opinion. The bath house buildings in the other two loops are older and offer three toilets and a single coin operated shower inside the bathroom. The price (see photo) is quite non-specific. 

There are many lean-to shelters available which we thoroughly enjoyed given that it rained almost the entire time we were there (most of the pictures are from the day we arrived, and the only dry moments we had). The lean-to made our stay much more enjoyable than it would have been otherwise. 

Most sites are up above the water, well shaded and quite large. There are a few sites that are down on Spectacle Pond. The fishing was super slow but still fun. And as others have said, the loons are quite vocal during the evening and morning hours. 

The park manager, Ryan, was nice but seemed overwhelmed when we arrived. Again, they just opened with a ton of new rules so I can understand why he seemed frazzled. He did ask if there was anything else we needed to make our stay more enjoyable.

Just down the road is a nice day use area with a beach, changing rooms and restrooms. If you arrive early, it is a nice place to spend a little time while you wait for 2:00 p.m. to come around.

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.

Centrally Located

We spent quite a bit of time in the Colter Bay Village area during our visit to Grand Teton. We split time tent camping and staying in one of the historic Colter Bay Cabins. Reservations are not accepted for the campground and are assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis. We arrived at the campground to get in line around 7:00 a.m. and were able to get a sight within 15 or 20 minutes of the gate opening. 

We drove into our site and pitched our tent and then headed back out for the day to explore the park. We were so busy trying to get as much in that I didn't get any photos of the tent site. However, the sites are nicely spaced with a good deal of shade. Each site has a nice and clean fire ring, picnic table and ample flat ground for pithing a tent. 

The campground has bathrooms spaced within each loop. They have an area to drain dish water (separate from the bathroom) and flush toilets. I would say that the bathrooms are dated but we didn't experience them being gross or overly dirty as another reviewer mentioned. And yes, the campground is a little expensive which is normal for Grand Teton. In my experience, it is one of the most expensive parks to travel in. 

Our cabin at Colter Bay was wonderful! It was clean and just what we needed for a few nights. The folks in the office were attentive and friendly. The folks in the cabin next to us were a bit loud but it didn't impact our stay much. It wasn't spacious but it was plenty big enough to bring things in, get ready for a backcountry trip, shower and get a good night's sleep. No, they aren't cheap but we didn't mind splurging for a few nights!

First to Review
Get away from the crowds!

Heart Lake in Yellowstone's backcountry can be accessed from several access points within the park and can be coupled with another night (or multiple nights) in the backcountry to really get a sense of the grandeur of America's first National Park.

The Heart Lake backcountry sites can be reserved ahead of time through a permitting system that processes mailed in reservations only. There is a possibility that you can walk into a ranger station the day of and acquire a permit but there are no guarantees. I would recommend utilizing the advanced permitting service which requires a slightly higher fee.

The campsites at Heart Lake are just a short distance away from the lake itself, many of them only a few steps. There are no bear boxes in this area so you absolutely need to carry a bear can with you. Grizzly Bears are prominent here and signs of their frequenting can be found all around. The site we stayed in had a nice flat area with a  few log benches and we were able to find a level sight far enough away from the cooking area to pitch our two person tarp. The lake is stunning and worth taking a short dip in (it's cold) after a long day of hiking. The sites do have primitive composting toilets. They are not enclosed like many backcountry pit toilets, just an elevated toilet seat so be sure to bring toilet paper.

Sites are well spaced from one another and almost impossible to see others in neighboring sites. There was also a small flowing stream feeding into the lake near our site that was easy to get water from for filtering and cooking. 

If you are looking for a way to get out of the crowds, take a hike into Heart Lake for the evening!

A National Park Gem

Reservations are required and you must obtain a backcountry permit. The sites within the campsite are first come/first serve. 

We spent the second night of our 3 day/2 night backpacking loop here during a visit to Glacier. The day's itinerary was Upper Two Medicine to No Name, a nice and relatively easy hike for the day. The campsite is well maintained and easy to find thanks to some nice sinage. There was a small crew of NPS maintenance workers creating some new seating and a new bear hang system while we were there. It was nice to see improvements happening right before our eyes! Sometimes I worry that the backcountry sites in our parks are forgotten and deteriorating. 

This site has 3 separate tent sites, each can accommodate two small backpacking tents. We had a tarp for two and a one person tent pitched in our site and had plenty of room. The sites are also nicely spaced from one another.

This site has a nice maintained pit toilet (bring your own TP, soap and hand sanitizer) as well as a new bear pole for hanging food. Given that there is not a bear box here, be sure to carry the equipment (stuff sack, rope, caribeaner, etc.) to use the pole or an approved bear can. 

Moose frequent the area so be aware, they seem to like to swim in the lake. There is a nice little water source that flows into the lake that is easy to fill water bottles, bladders and pots from. Be sure to treat or filter your water prior to drinking. There area has a nice cliff area where mountain goats can be spotted and you can spend a lot of time watching them. The lake is a bit chilly but not as cold as the water feeding into it. We enjoyed a nice dip at the end of our hike.

Stunning & Pristine!

We did a two night loop in the Two Medicine are of the park and this was our first night's destination. As mentioned in the previous review, there are 4 tent sites available here and all must be reserved through the National Park's permitting system (different in every park). We retreived our permit 24 hours prior to entering the backcountry and were able to get our fist choice for the loop. This was in late August so on the tail end of the busy season in the park.

All four sites are flat and just up from the shore of No Name Lake and are well spaced from one another. Just a short walk from the communcal cooking space, complete with benches and a large bear box. The box is large enough to accomodate all four parties' food, dishes and toiletries, eliminating the need to carry a bear can into this site if you want to cut the weight. 

A relatively new and maintained pit toilet is a short walk from the cooking area (you pass it on your way in). You do need to back in your own toilet paper as well as soap and hand sanitizer. Be sure to keep the door latched when not in use to prevent the privy from being destroyed by wildlife.

We too, encountered moose on our way to this site (we hiked in from Two Medicine Lake). We also had one visit during the night, crossing paths on a midnight visit to the privy. I'm not sure who was more startled, probably the human in the situation.

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Remote Beauty

There are several sites along the lake and we stayed at site A.

This little lake is off the beaten path, a short hike beyond String and Leigh Lakes. We decided to set up camp and then take a short walk to Trapper Lake surrounded by beautiful views the entire way. 

The area around the fire pit was quite nice, large and had nice natural benches. Unfortunately it was too close to the sleeping area to actually cook there, so we decided to cook at the bear box. We were joined by a deer, too! The bear box was large enough for all of our food, dishes and toiletries. So no need to carry a bear vault/bear keg if you don't want.

The site was very flat and shaded, which was nice late summer. The water was crisp and we welcomed the cold after a day of hiking in the hot sun.

If you can snag a site here for a night or two, definately do it!

Absolutely Beautiful

A nice and easy hike in, great for introducing someone to backpacking. Right on the shore of Leigh Lake with a impressive view of Mount Moran. The site has a large bear box big enough for all your food and other items, eliminating the need to carry a bear vault. There is a large sitting area with a fire ring and some natural benches. We cooked down by the water, as we felt the fire pit area was too close to the tent cribbing. We piched our tarp just outside of the cribbing area that was just as impacted in an effort to get even further away from where we prepared our food. The campsite is almost entirely in the shade as well.

You can also paddle into this spot via String Lake and a short portage to get to Leigh Lake.

Roadside New England Camping

This little campground is tucked just off of Route 16 as you travel north from Berlin, NH to Errol, NH. The drive is also quite scenic! The campground is small and sits sandwhiched between the road and the Androscoggin River. I was worried that the road noise would impeded my serene camping experience but I have to admit, I didn't hear much. However, I camped here in October just before the final camping weekend of the season so traffic was perhaps less than normal.

There is a small campground office staffed with a friendly host who is attentive and more than happy to chat. There are several tent sites and two sites with nicely built lean-tos. We stayed in one of the lean-tos during this particular visit. The sites are well maintained with picninc tables and fire rings. Many of the sites are on the grassy bank of the river with a few a bit further away. Most are shaded at some point in the day. There are several pit toilets, all well maintained during the season. 

You can fish right from your site, too!

Wonderful Fall Location

This quiet spot is perfect for late season camping in the fall in New England. It is relatively small but there is a host on site who was incredibly friendly and attentive. Situated just off the Wild River and off of major roads, Hastings was incredibly peaceful while we were there. The sites are nicely spaced out and most have small wooded sections in between them for privacy. Additionally, sites are meticulously kept as are the two pit toilets available. 

There is a water spogit a short walk from most campsites. Each site has a fire ring with grate, clear flat spots for pitching a tent or backing in an RV. Since I'm not an RV camper, I didn't pay much attention to those ameneties. Sites have a nice picnic table as well. There is plenty of space at each site to pitch a tent or two as well as a canapoy of some sort if you want. 

While this place can get busy in the summer season, it's perfect for those in between seasons and super close to some great hiking in the White Mountains!

Unknown Pond

*Check the White Mountain National Forest website prior to hiking in. As of June 1, 2020 this tentsite was closed due to COVID-19. 

You can hike in to this site from either the site can be reached from either the trailhead on Mill Brook Road (gated in winter) or from the Berlin Fish Hathcery on York Pond Road. We did a loop, going in Mil Brook and hiking out the Unknown Pond Trail. Note that there can be snow on north facing slopes into June so be prepared to post hole or carry snowshoes. 

This is a relatively popular spot in the Kilkenny/Pilot range so an early start might result in a better shot of available sites especially in the height of summer. The pond is beautiful and open to fly fishing for those with a NH fishing license. While I didn't have much luck with the fish, I was certainly surrounded by a multitude of frogs! The amphibians provide a lovely backdrop for sleep and seem to sing all day and all night. 

I believe there are 8 sites (maybe 9, I can't remember) available as well as a pit toilet. Some of the sites have cribbing that can be a bit flooded as the snow melts or if there has been a fair amount of rain. Moose and black bears frequent the area, though niether are a nusiance to campers so be sure to store your food appropriately to ensure that remains the case. The hike in on the Unknown Pond trail can have several swift river crossings in the early spring as the snow melts. This can also cause significant flooding on the trail and lot's of mud so watch your footing. 

The pond provides drinking water so be sure to carry in a water filtration system, chemical treatment or plan to boil water. There is easy access to the pond and you can wade in a bit as well. Sites are well shaded and spread out nicely from one another. If you're looking for a nice spot to spend the night in the White's, you can't beat this one.

Backcountry Camping in the White Mountains

*Check the WMNF website prior to hiking in to ensure the campsite is open, it has been closed due to COVID-19 and remains closed as of June 1, 2020.

You can access this tensite from a number of trail heads in northern New Hampshire (Milbrook Trail, Unknown Pond, etc.) for a 3.5 to 5 mile hike in depending on the direction you come. We parked at the Berlin Fish Hatchery and walked in via the Milbrook Trail. A gradual climb from the trail head to the campsite through a few boggy areas before climbing into the boreal forest for a bit. Prime moose habitat! 

There is a nice water source .1 miles from the campsite has an easily accessible flow. So no need to hike in with a ton of water. The sites are nicely disperesed and maintained by the U.S. Forest Service. The tentsite has a privy as well just be sure to bring wiping material. The sites are well shaded once the leaves come out in the late spring/early summer. There are a few dead trees looming so be sure to glance up before you decide where to pitch your tent for the evening. If you are a hammock sleeper, there's plent of room and great trees to hang from. 

Rogers Ledge, the ledge itself, is just a bit further from the campsite (.6 miles). The trail climbs out of the campsite and eventually becomes a bit of a vertical scramble to the top. On a clear day you can see the Presidential Range easily.

First to Review
Avoid if you can simply because of high traffic

Close enough to the AT to entice thru hikers to divert if other options on the trail are full just up the ridge. The Appalachian Mountain Club runs the site and there is often a caretake present at the sight. The shelter can sleep about 12 people and there are several tent platforms including one for a larger group. All of the structures are in decent shape and the privy is generally pretty clean if the caretaker is on top of it. However, don't be surprised to see it in disarray in the off season when no one is up there maintaining it.

There is a kitchen area with a bear box. Be advised that the box is significantly rusted and quite gross when you open it. It's only a matter of time before the entire bottom rusts out. There is a water source a short distance down the trail and it flows decently well unless it's been exceptionally dry. The trailhead runs along Success Pond road which is used heavily by OHVR traffic and can take more than 45 minutes to drive from Berlin, NH to the trailhead. Due to the large storms in October 2017, you cannot drive the road from the Upton, Maine side.

If you're in a pinch and need a spot to stay, then Carlo Col will due but it wouldn't be my first choice.

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Beautiful, Secluded Spot

This small little campground (25 sites) is tucked off the main road (Route 16) and dead ends at Little Diamond Pond. There is a small local gravel road that continues about another 1.2 miles to Big Diamond Pond. Its location makes it a great spot to truly get away including zip, zero, zilch cell phone reception!

There are RV compatible sites but there are no hookups and all the camping areas are grass. There is a small "dumping station" within the campground. Other amenities include several water spigots, a very nice and well maintained (cleaned twice a day the entire time we were there) restroom and shower area. There is also a small laundry room with coin operated machines. Also on site is a soda vending machine and an AED. One thing to note is that the welcome center has been moved from the main campground to Coleman Estates. The turn is about .2 miles BEFORE the campground. This is where you check in and pick up your car tag. You can also purchase a few small items (t-shirts, cheap camping gear, a cup of coffee or slice of pizza, fire wood, etc.). Downside to this part of the facility is that there is a MASSIVE tv on when you walk in the door which was quite strange.

We stayed at site 21 which is a nice wooden lean to. We decided to stay in the site for two reasons. First of all, it is one of the closest sites to Little Diamond Pond and you can see the pond from the site. Secondly, it was forecasted to rain over half the time we were there (which it did) and we wanted a little extra protection from the elements. The only drawback to the lean to is that it is one of the only sites with absolutely NO grass in it. So with all the rain it got a bit muddy but the added roof over our heads was totally worth it.

If you enjoy fishing, falling asleep to the sound of loons and owls chatting back and forth then this is the spot for you!