Thornton B.

Pro

Gilmanton, NH

Joined August 2020

Very welcoming, fastidiously clean and maintained

We stopped for an overnight stay while driving cross country, solely based on reviews here. We found it to be a whimsical, very relaxing place. Eclectic decor is artistic and harmonious with the setting-never forced or tawdry like so many others. Owners were quite engaged and helpful, and graciously permitted us to move to a longer site so as not to require unhitching our trailer. Facilities are very complete, well appointed and maintained. Surprisingly high water pressure!

Remarkably beautiful

We stayed there 1-4 September 2020. Zero bugs beyond a few basic house flies. Breathtaking water views and well maintained grounds and facilities. Many sites were on waterside of the beautiful lake-ours included. We were the only campers without kayaks or canoe— felt like we missed a golden opportunity and vowed to acquire kayaks ASAP.

Campers were thoughtful about privacy and COVID-19 precautions, and quiet hours. Our stay was truly relaxing and the natural setting was amazing. Staff was friendly, informative and professional. We’ll revisit soon, with our new kayaks!

Astounded that anyone could find negatives...

Let’s be real. Camping near ANY water, fresh or salt, includes high likelihood of bugs…warmer weather makes it worse, of COURSE. And perhaps predictably, any odor, fecal or otherwise, is amplified with heat…hence the effectiveness of scented candles, no?

I just spent the most splendid two nights at this gorgeous place, in site 103. We brought our kayaks too, and waved off launching not because of the steep path to the water, but simply due to the fascinatingly rapid tidal movements. We’d been camping for a week at a couple of lake places and had enjoyed enough kayaking to hold us over. And for the record: the government website clearly shows a diagram that describes all campsites designated as “walk-ins”, and most adults could be expected to be capable of using online topography and aerial photos to preview applicability of specific sites for shore access…ahem.

That permitted plenty of time for casual touring locally and innumerable amazing photography opportunities on trails and at the sea coast. Breathtaking is a word overused but I have zero hesitation to apply it here.

Locals are congenial and rightfully proud of their beautiful homeland, and happy to share information and recommendations.

We stayed at the very beginning of October-leaves near peak color, no crowd and no bugs. Never smelled any poop except when contributing personally.

Clams are so easy to harvest at low tide that the park sets a 1 Peck limit! Look it up-a peck is a sizable volume, haha, and refreshingly non-metric.

DID find showering first thing in the morning to be an exercise in personal fortitude! Air was frosty and the facility was open to ambient conditions so there was quite a difference in temperature between the air in the stall and the hot water from the nozzle. Oh sure, the curtain was showing signs of a long season yet still functioned to shield my fresh towel and clothing from direct spray, and the stall had a plywood door and latch for privacy regardless. Hot water lasted fine and bathing success achieved.

PLEASE consider general realities of outdoor environments and do not pass up any chance to stay here. It’s as nice as any place I’ve ever stayed and I’m a geezer with lots of comparators.

Phenomenal Fall Conditions

Amazing clear water lake. 3 to 1 moose to human ratio, and abundant nearly tame birds and furry creatures. Haunting loon calls in the evening. Simple yet well maintained sites and facilities with responsive staff and relaxed, respectful neighbor campers. Sweet kayaking.

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