Where to go camping in NH
Our favorite family-friendly campgrounds and campsites in New Hampshire
Every once in a while your backyard just doesn’t cut it and it’s time to take your camping adventure outside of your property line. New Hampshire is home to a number of great campgrounds throughout the state so pack up your grill, tent, sleeping bags and bug spray and hit the road! From lake-front camping to poolside fun, there are countless ways and places to camp in NH.
Here’s a list of some of our favorite family-friendly campgrounds in New Hampshire (in no particular order).
Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park
35 Jellystone Park
New Hampton, NH
Reasons to visit: The name of course screams fun and kid-friendly but this park is also the recipient of many awards, including ParentingNH’s own Family Favorite award. There are a number of organized recreational activities for the kids including crafts, swimming, movies and campfire s’mores. If you don’t feel like pitching a tent or have your own RV, Jellystone Park also offers cabins for rent. Jellystone also has an awesome water park area (slides, pool, wading area, etc.) and boat rentals if you want to cruise along the Pemigewasset River.
43 Coon Brook Road
Reasons to visit: Northstar offers a little bit of everything spread across its 100+ acres including showers and restrooms, a spring-fed swimming pond, horseshoes, hiking trails and river-front campsites. They also offer WiFi for those who can’t leave home without their smart phones, laptops or tablets. Northstar is also located near other popular area attractions including Montshire Museum of Science, Sunapee State Beach and Mount Sunapee State Park.
Jacobs Brook Campground
46 High Bridge Road
Reasons to visit: Located in the quiet town of Orford in the Dartmouth/Sunapee Region, Jacobs Brook is the perfect spot for a quiet and relaxing camping trip. This isn’t a resort-style campground but you’ll find they have all of your desired amenities including a pool, showers and restrooms, playground and WiFi. This campground has about 75 campsites spread across 38 acres so make sure you reserve your spot early before they fill up. Oh, and don’t miss the beautiful gardens – they add perfectly to the peaceful atmosphere.
Israel River Campground
111 Israel’s River Road
Reasons to visit: Located in the heart of New Hampshire’s White Mountains, the Israel River Campground is a favorite because of the gorgeous vistas views of the Presidential Mountain Range and Mount Washington, hiking and biking trails and fishing along the river. The campground has riverfront camping sites, pool and hot tub, playground, restrooms and showers and a general store. Another bonus is that the campground is close to popular amusements and attractions like Santa’s Village and Bretton Woods.
Twin River Campground
Reasons to visit: Keep an eye out for moose and other wildlife at the Twin River Campground located along the banks of the Ammonoosuc and Wild Ammonoosuc Rivers in Bath, NH. If you’re looking for fun, then make sure you pack your swimsuits and inner tubes and take a ride down the Ammonoosuc River. Twin River Campground also has cabins for rent, mini golf, a heated pool, pavilion and game room and laundromat. If your kids love sports, then Twin River offers basketball, shuffleboard, volleyball and a children’s playground area. And, you might not strike it rich, but definitely try your hand at gold panning in the Wild Ammonoosuc River – you never know what treasure you’ll find!
Bear Brook State Park
61 Deerfield Road
Allenstown NH 03275
( 603) 485-9869
Reasons to visit: As you may already know, Bear Brook is New Hampshire’s largest state park with more than 10,000 acres to explore, fish and hike but did you also know that it has 100 campsites? Your family won’t need a pool because there’s plenty of swimming in the ponds and there’s even kayak and canoe rentals available. No water or electric hookups are available so this camping is more of a “roughing it” style than some of the other campgrounds on this list. There are, however restrooms, picnic tables and a playground area.
Gunstock Mountain Resort
719 Cherry Valley Road
Reasons to visit: You may have taken a double take when you read that Gunstock offers camping but in fact they have more than 250 campsites across 140 acres. You may have skied Gunstock in the winter but it’s definitely worth coming back to Gunstock in the summer to check out their zipline tours, aerial treetop adventures, and, of course, camping. They can accommodate tents, RVs and also have cabins for rent. Amenities include restrooms and hot showers, laundry facilities, a pool and camp store (wood, propane, ice and other basic camping necessities). If you’re thinking about checking out one of the Lakes Region’s annual events (Bike Week in June or SoulFest in August), then camping at Gunstock would be a perfect place to stay while you play.