Camping in the USA – White Mountains

Continuing our series of best places to camp in USA, today’s stop is the White Mountains National Forest, located in New Hampshire. The White Mountains are a mountain range covering about a quarter of the state of New Hampshire and a small portion of western Maine in the United States. They are popular due to its proximity to Boston, New York City and Montreal. The most famous peak is Mount Washington with a height of 6,288 feet.
If you are looking for a more rustic experience you are in the right spot. The hiking paths are a bit rugged, but the view is breathtaking. The forest has 24 campgrounds with more than 800 camping sites (hu-ha) so you have plenty of choices.

So, where to camp?

1. Lafayette Place Campground
In the heart of Franconia Notch State Park, Lafayette Place Campground is the perfect spot to camp for those who want to hike the Appalachian Trail. Each campsite is wooded and has a picnic table, car parking, and an open fireplace. Firewood outside the park is forbidden since you can carry exotic insects or tree diseases. You can buy firewood at the entrance of the campground. Also pets are not allowed.

Fee: Adults $4/night, children $2/night. Maximum of 6 people per site, of which no more than 4 adults per sites. For all additional adults a fee of $10 per night and for all additional children fees of $5 per night are to be paid upon arrival. Youth Group pay $5 per child per night and for every 4 children 1 adult pays $5 per night. Each additional adults pay $10 per night.

What to do here: The eight-mile valley between the high peaks of the Kinsman and Franconia mountain ranges includes the Flume Gorge, the Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway, the New England Ski Museum, a swimming beach at Echo Lake, fly fishing at Profile Lake, a recreational trail for cyclists, several waterfalls, and places to spot hawks and falcons.

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2. White Lake State Park

This is one of the largest campgrounds in the White Mountains. The best part is that White Lake is the only campground with a swimming beach. How cool is that? It has 203 campsites and many of them have lake views. The same restrictions are applied for outside the park firewood and pets.

Fee: Adults $5/night, children $2/night. Maximum of 6 people per site, of which no more than 4 adults per sites. For all additional adults a fee of $10 per night and for all additional children fees of $5 per night are to be paid upon arrival. Youth Group pay $5 per child per night and for every 4 children 1 adult pays $5 per night. Each additional adults pay $10 per night.

What to do here: except from having a bath, you can walk around the lake on a trail to see beaver houses and perhaps spot loons, or you can rent boats at the campground for fishing.


3. Pawtuckaway State Park

The park is located in southern New Hampshire at a convenient equal distance from Concord and Manchester. Many of the 192 camp sites have beautiful lake views. Pawtuckaway State Park offers a variety of landscapes, with something to do and see for everyone.
Fee: Adults $5/night, children $2/night. Maximum of 6 people per site, of which no more than 4 adults per sites. For all additional adults a fee of $10 per night and for all additional children fees of $5 per night are to be paid upon arrival. Youth Group pay $5 per child per night and for every 4 children 1 adult pays $5 per night. Each additional adults pay $10 per night.

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4. Umbagog Lake Campground

One of the best places to kayak from New England. includes 27 tent or RV sites with electric and water hook-ups, 33 remote sites around the lake that are reached only by boat, and three cabins. You can rent canoes, kayaks, and rowboats, and the park can provide transportation to the remote sites. You can also swim and fish in the lake and this makes it a perfect place to come with the entire family. Leashed pets are permitted in the base campground area. The same restriction regarding the firewood applies.

Fee: $30/night (remote sites), $35 (base camp with water & electric hookups), Cabins: $80/nights; $560/week.

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What to do and visit?

We have searched for the best tips regarding activities you can do while visiting White Mountains and here they are:

  1. Take a ride with the Mount Washington Cog Railway. The ride to the top of Mount Washington (elev. 6,288′), is one-of-a-kind, featuring some of the steepest tracks that exist in the world.
  2. Visit Attitash resort in Bartlett and take a ride on the Alpine Slides, the longest in North America.
  3. Visit the beautiful waterfall The Basin located at Franconia Notch State Park. At its base has a pothole 20’ diameter. Don’t jump into it, it is dangerous.
  4. Trek to Glen Ellis Falls located deep in the heart of White Mountains. The falls drop 64 feet from a rocky cliffside into a pool of turquoise water.
  5. Take a detour to the Bath-Haverhill Covered Bridge on Route 135 in Woodsville Village. This 256-foot long bridge is the oldest covered bridge in the nation. It was built in 1829.

 

Crystal Coaster Alpine Slide C

Source of pictures: http://www.planetware.com/

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