Give me some fresh air, mountains and a good fire- and I am one happy girl. Add some beer, smores and a good hike- and I am elated. I love a good camping trip- so I thought I would share some of my NH favorites. I picked out some campgrounds I always seem to come back to, each of them having their own highlights and bonuses. Comment with your favorite camp locations.
Great Lake Access – Long Island Bridge Campground – A great campground for anyone looking to explore the Lakes Region. Located in Moultonborough, NH – it has its own beach on Winnipesaukee, dock access, and waterfront sites. It has some decent tent sites, and for anyone looking to spend time around the lake, it is split distance between some of the larger tourist areas Wolfeboro, and Meredith. It is pet-friendly which is always a plus and has a small general store. Tent sites are $29 a night and have a 3 night minimum in July and August. Waterfront sites do require a week-long reservation. However, you won’t want to leave so – that shouldn’t be an issue.
Best Amenities –Twin River Campground – A little bit of everything. Situated in Bath, NH between the Amonoosuc and Wild Ammonoosuc Rivers at the Junction between Route 302 and 112 – this is the campground I have spent the most time at. It may be because I know the Owners, but in all honesty that doesn’t sway my vote. Twin River has A LOT to offer – Tent Sites, Wooded Sites, Camper Sites, Cottages and Bunkhouses for accommodations- all of which you can check out here. Amenities include: A pool, mini golf, ice cream, CLEAN bathrooms, shuffleboard, horse shoes, game room and my favorite River Tubing plus so much more. The Owners are AMAZING, and will go out of their way to make your stay awesome. I wish I had more personal pictures to share!
Awesome Area Hikes – Zealand Falls Campground – I have camped here with family, and friends a few times. I always end up coming back – I love the hikes in the area, and although there are not many amenities- the scenery is unreal. It was the second place I can really remember camping, so it also is a sentimental spot for me. Its off of 302 in the Zealand Valley, and is relatively inexpensive at $18/night – however, like many sites it has no reservations and is simply first come, first served.
Most Convenient – Crawford Notch Campground – My husband and I have camped here at least 5 times. We always come back. It is located on the Saco River, and close to North Conway. We love this campground because it is a great base for fun activities – hiking, swimming, and visiting one of our favorite NH stops – Arethusa Falls. You can always see tons of wildlife here – moose, deer and for the brave… bears! It is on the pricier side $36/night for a tent site – but if you book two consecutive nights, you do get 1 free in 2017 – as well as the inclusion of the many amenities they have right on site.
Great for Fall Foliage – Blackberry Crossing Campground. This is a quiet campsite on the Kancamagus Highway. This campground is in my favorites, because of a) the scenery and b) the peace. A sleepy little piece of heaven, it only has 20 sites, all of which are fairly wooded and private. Pets are allowed, which is great, but again it is another first come, first served site. $22/night and you do need to bring cash or checks, as there are no rangers.
Hiking Pitstop/Scenic Beauty –Lakes of the Clouds Hut – An experience to be had is the Lakes of the Clouds Hut. If you are looking to hike in the whites with a little bit of luxury- this might be for you. The LOTC Hut is a gorgeous pit stop for so many hikes. I haven’t stayed here since I was a teenager, but I have hiked here, and I always remember staying over in the co-ed bunks. $115 (adult AMC member) gets you Dinner, a bunk bed with a pillow and some wool blankies, plus cold water bathrooms, and breakfast.
Easy Family Hike In/Hike Out –Lonesome Lake– An easy 1.6 miles from the trailhead.. this is one of the first hikes I remember carrying my own backpack for. Along with my Dad, Sister, his Best Friend, and his 3 girls- we hiked to Lonesome Lake as quite the Motley Crew of whining females. However- all it took was one look at the lake to get us all to smile. I still remember this trip vividly- as I had just had my thumbnail ripped off and was mad I couldn’t get my hand wet. We had so much fun “camping”- laughing the whole time and truly enjoying the outdoors. Lonesome Lake is $113 for an Adult, and includes also dinner and breakfast. It is “off grid,” and offers bunk rooms with separate washrooms.
Where are your favorite NH Campgrounds? How about New England? Comment below!
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