Best Campgrounds in New Hampshire

This list represents the most popular campgrounds in New Hampshire. Use this list to plan your next New Hampshire campgrounds trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Dolly Copp Campground


You can escape some of the crowds who may not head any farther north than the outlets by heading farther north yourself, to Dolly Copp Campground. The campground is just north of Mount Washington and…
From the guidebook "Best Tent Camping: New England"
Gorham, NH - Campgrounds Best Trail in nh - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#2. Jigger Johnson Campground


Jigger Johnson is the largest campground on the Kancamagus, but with its well-spaced loops, it affords plenty of room for some high-quality tent camping beneath the statuesque conifers. There’s one te…
From the guidebook "Best Tent Camping: New England"
Albany, NH - Campgrounds Best Trail in nh - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#3. Lafayette Place Campground


Simply by virtue of its location, Lafayette Place Campground is worth including in this guidebook. The fact that it’s a superb campground makes it that much better. Lafayette is nestled in the Francon…
From the guidebook "Best Tent Camping: New England"
Franconia, NH - Campgrounds
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#4. Pawtuckaway State Park


There are campsites at Pawtuckaway State Park that give you the atmosphere of island camping with the ease of car camping. It’s a big place, with 191 sites, but the three separate camping areas feel l…
From the guidebook "Best Tent Camping: New England"
Nottingham, NH - Campgrounds
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#5. Blackberry Crossing Campground


There may be just six sites set aside for tent camping at Blackberry Crossing Campground, but its character, history, and location on Kancamagus Highway make a trip here time well spent. It’s another…
From the guidebook "Best Tent Camping: New England"
Albany, NH - Campgrounds
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#6. Big Rock Campground


The moment you pull into Big Rock Campground, you’ll see the unique geological feature for which the campground was named: a huge rock. Besides being a namesake and a curiosity, this massive chunk of…
From the guidebook "Best Tent Camping: New England"
Lincoln, NH - Campgrounds
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#7. Hancock Campground


If you start traveling along New Hampshire’s fabled Kancamagus Highway heading east or from the Lincoln side to the Conway side, Hancock Campground is the first of the six Kancamagus campgrounds you’l…
From the guidebook "Best Tent Camping: New England"
Lincoln, NH - Campgrounds
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#8. Gilson Pond Campground


Gilson Pond is the first new campground in the New Hampshire state-park system in more than 40 years—pretty exciting stuff in the camping world. The summer of 2010 was the first season it was open. Th…
From the guidebook "Best Tent Camping: New England"
Jaffrey, NH - Campgrounds
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#9. Dry River Campground


Don’t get confused as you drive up through Crawford Notch State Park. The state-park campground is called Dry River Campground. There’s also a Crawford Notch Campground, but that’s a private campgroun…
From the guidebook "Best Tent Camping: New England"
Twin Mountain, NH - Campgrounds
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#10. Pillsbury State Park


The woods and the water are a powerful combination. Pillsbury State Park has both, and in just the right proportions—a series of crystalline ponds cast against a dense blanket of forest like scattered…
From the guidebook "Best Tent Camping: New England"
Washington, NH - Campgrounds
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#11. Wildwood Campground


Wildwood Campground is relatively small—with only 26 sites—and it feels wildly remote. It’s not all that far from the interstate, but you feel as if you’ve traveled deep into the wilderness. There…
From the guidebook "Best Tent Camping: New England"
Lincoln, NH - Campgrounds
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#12. Crawford Notch Campground


Nestled within the wilderness of Crawford Notch, the campground of the same name is a perfectly peaceful spot to pitch your tent—whether you’ve come to this part of the state for the climbing, hiking,…
From the guidebook "Best Tent Camping: New England"
Harts Location, NH - Campgrounds
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#13. Covered Bridge Campground


What do big rock and covered bridge campgrounds have in common (besides the fact that they’re both on Kancamagus Highway)? As soon as you pull in to either, you’ll see the campground’s namesake. In th…
From the guidebook "Best Tent Camping: New England"
Albany, NH - Campgrounds
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#14. Bear Brook State Park


Bear Brook State Park is enormous—it’s the largest state park in New Hampshire. Its size (the entire park spans more than 10,000 acres) and the myriad outdoor activities available here make this as mu…
From the guidebook "Best Tent Camping: New England"
Allenstown, NH - Campgrounds
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#15. Passaconaway Campground


The sites within Passaconaway Campground are all quite spacious. This can be both a blessing and a curse. Of all the campgrounds along the Kancamagus, Passaconaway is probably the most conducive to RV…
From the guidebook "Best Tent Camping: New England"
Bartlett, NH - Campgrounds
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#16. Lake Umbagog


Lake Umbagog is a North Country treasure, teeming with wildlife, surrounded by boreal forests, and dotted with islands and beautiful backcountry campsites. Lake Umbagog (pronounced um-BAY-gog) is a pl…
From the guidebook "Outdoors with Kids: Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont"
Errol, NH - Campgrounds - 2.0–24.0 miles
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