Best Camping in New Hampshire

Camping in New Hampshire

By Alex Murphy

New Hampshire is nicknamed the Granite State and for a good reason. The state's skyline is covered in granite rocks and mountains and is a great place for anyone who loves the outdoors. With mountains, forests, and even ocean access, New Hampshire attracts visitors from more than just its neighboring New England states.

Here's a look at the best parts and campsites to check out for anyone looking to visit New Hampshire.

See a map of all camping in New Hampshire.

New Hampshire State Parks

The Granite State is one of the smallest states in the country, but that does not stop there from being nearly 100 New Hampshire State Parks. While some parks highlight historic spots or a lake, others cover massive areas and can be more than 10,000 acres in size.

For White Mountains camping, many visit Franconia Notch State Park. The popular destination is in the state's White Mountain region and provides easy access to summit hikes and other adventures. Campgrounds in the park include Lafayette Place, a good option for tent sites, and Cannon Mountain RV Park for RV sites.

Another State Park with water access to enjoy boating and fishing is Greenfield State Park.

Finally, just north of the Massachusetts state line is Hampton Beach State Park where visitors can stay just feet from the Atlantic Ocean and enjoy the beach and fishing.

New Hampshire National Parks

States in New England come with a lot of history. The Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site gives an inside look to the summer home of Augustus Saint-Gaudens, a famous sculptor. Many of his pieces remain on-site, and visitors can see them while they tour the property.

The home is located in Cornish, NH, and many campgrounds can be found just over the state line in Vermont.

New Hampshire RV Parks

With a lot of wilderness to explore, there are plenty of places to rest at New Hampshire RV Parks. In the northern part of the state near the White Mountains is Fransted Family Campground. The campground is known for being both kid and pet-friendly, plus it has easy access to mountain hikes.

Further south in the state is Ashuelot River Campground, with RV sites and tent camping spots right along the river. Visitors can enjoy kayaking and canoeing and nearby fishing.

Free Camping in New Hampshire

Most free camping in New Hampshire can be found in the White Mountain National Forest. Campgrounds like Haystack Road provide easy access to the nearby wilderness. Keep in mind some spots are fairly rural and not always RV and trailer-friendly.

Those passing through the state of NH, heading up to Maine or down to Boston, can stay over the state line and off of I-95 at Kittery Trading Post in Maine.

National Forests in New Hampshire

Anyone who enjoys the outdoors and is looking for New Hampshire campgrounds off the beaten path should check out the White Mountain National Forest. It goes through New Hampshire into Maine and is known for one of the hardest parts of the Appalachian Trail and its mountains over 4,000 feet.

Nearby campgrounds can be found in the forest like Gale River Loop Road, which is easy to access but heavily wooded, providing great privacy, or Russell Pond Campground for those looking to fish.

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Recent New Hampshire Campground Reviews

Feb 07, 2023

"Amazingly friendly staff, still a bit of a work in progress "

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Very friendly and helpful staff. I really can't say enough. The only downside is that when we were there last summer it was still a bit of a work in progress. This made it a bit hard for us because we have a 36 foot 5th wheel and the road was tight. Once we actually landed in our sight we had plenty of room.

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Nottingham, NH

Pawtuckaway State Park

Dec 27, 2022

"Gorgeous lakeside site - fall colors - beautiful!"

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We stayed here for 4 nights in early October of 2022. The nightly rate is averaged with any online fee to reserve the site. We were in site 8 on Horse Island which was fine for our 22 Imagine 17MKE. Site 7 would have been difficult to get in to... Prior reviews state no dump station (yep - bummer) and wonky sites. My suggestion is to...
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Dec 17, 2022

"Year round, Clean, With All The Amenities "

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Stayed here 12/16-12/18 in the middle of a snowstorm! It’s not to often you find a campground that has year round camping! Staff was super welcoming and friendly even though they were getting pounded by a storm! Spacious level sites with most having full hookups! All sites are back in only and has permanent residence throughout park… Has a...
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Twin Mountain, NH

Ammonoosuc Campground

Dec 08, 2022

"Lots of seasonal RVs but still nice!"

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We stayed here for 3 nights in September, 2022. We initially were going to stay 2 nights (on our way to a wedding in Maine), but rain was forecasted so added a night. SUPER nice owner(s) and hosts. Very pleasant checking in. The sites are not at an angle to the road, so we had to back in, then disconnect our truck to fit (no big deal, but if...
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Nov 01, 2022

"Friendly Staff, FREE, Easy In And Out, Big Rig Friendly"

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Pulled up, checked in at administration building, just filled out a little slip with license plate number phone number and name, pushed the red button for assistance, someone walk out within a minute, handed me a coin to get through the gate and gave me directions on where to go. I went though gate, followed signs to the dump station, and pulled...
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