Jean C.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2019

Mixed bag...nice pool and river, but bathrooms could be better

I was looking for a campground near the Suncook Valley Rotary ballooon festival in August and the fact that the Lazy River was just a short drive away and offered a river for tubing and swimming, too, made this my choice. I really wanted to love this place (I've been on a quest for a campground with tubing this summer), but the downsides keep me from giving it 4 stars.

The good: 

  1. location in the middle of the state, so it is a relatively quick getaway from the city or southern NH
  2. a newly built store and game room with a friendly welcome from staff
  3. the river offers a beach and tubing without having to drive anywhere; the water was on the low side late in the season, but there were still people tubing
  4. beautiful pool, very popular with families; there's a kiddie pool, too
  5. All the sites include electric
  6. nice playground with an open field
  7. riverfront sites
  8. Fields and equipment for volleyball, horseshoes, etc.
  9. Laundry

The opportunities:

Folks will tell you that a bathroom makes or breaks a campground and, here, the bathrooms hurt. One of the 3 bathhouses was out of order with a sign directing you to the one in the playground field. That one was clean, but there were no latches on any of the doors on the women's side. To get a shower, you have to journey over to the seasonal loop, which may be a bit of a walk depending on your campsite location. Once there, there's no guarantee a shower will work. The first day I found a shower that worked (coin operated), but the next day none of the 3 seemed to be working (one with an error on the meter, others wouldn't turn). Another camper was there and she couldn't get anything to work, either. Ventilation isn't great in that bathroom, so the ceiling is a bit mildewy. It does have a nice long counter with sinks.

Camp roads would benefit from grading, but they're navigable.

If you're on the river, you may hear some traffic noise from 28 on the other side of the Suncook River. It didn't bother me, but I can sleep through anything!

Some of the seasonal sites look cluttered.

Would be nice if you could make reservations online, but had no problem getting through on the phone.

All in all, great place to hang out on the water, whether the river or the pool, but would be even better with bathroom improvements.

  • Suncook River from below site 22
  • Suncook River
  • Early morning at the pool...before everyone arrived
  • View from site 22
  • From the river looking up at site 22; these riverfront sites do not have easy river access; ones closer to the beach section have an easier time. Some tubers exited the river here.
  • Site 22, parked car parallel to camp road, but there was also space on the other side of the utility pole. Sites along the river don't have much to break up the view of your neighbors
  • Site 21
  • One of the sites around the playground
  • This site backing onto the playground is separated from its neighbors by trees.
  • site 15
  • More river sites
  • This family is ready for tubing!
  • Water's low in August
  • Access to the beach
  • Site 53-58 occupy this area near the beach
  • Swingset close to the beach. The building in the background is the bathroom that was closed.
  • Tents drying out after a downpour; near the playground
  • Playground
  • Volleyball next to the pools
  • Cornhole for those times you're taking a break from the pool
  • No lifeguard
  • Kiddie pool
  • This shows the other side of site 22. river is in the background.
  • Site 42 (to the left of the 41 hookups)
  • Site 41; bathroom and playground in the background
  • Site 41A
  • Site 42
  • Site 42 & 43
  • Sites 42 & 43 are side by side, separate entrances, but open in the back area
  • Another view of 42/43
  • Main bathroom with 3 showers
  • Riverfront beach
  • Suncook Valley Rotary Club Balloon Festival is nearby in early Augus
  • Suncook Valley Rotary Club Balloon Festival is nearby in early August. This morning it was too windy for takeoff, so they were staying tethered to the groun.
  • Showers were clean...if only the meters worked consistently
  • Laundry
  • Laundry

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