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This small New England state is known for its natural beauty and abundant outdoor recreation opportunities. Adjacent to Massachusetts, Vermont, and Maine, New Hampshire also reaches the Atlantic Coast and Québec. From Mount Washington, the highest peak in the region, to the White Mountain National Forest, residents and visitors alike enjoy hiking, biking, boating, fishing, skiing, and snowshoeing throughout the state. The mountains, forests, lakes, rivers, and gorges provide some remarkable natural wonders to explore, like Franconia Notch State Park and Flume Gorge.
New Hampshire state park campgrounds reflect the state’s rugged, outdoorsy reputation, with a focus on the natural surroundings over resort amenities. Still, they are well maintained, offering basic facilities plus access to some of the most spectacular scenery and wilderness in the state. Nineteen state park campgrounds have sites that accommodate RVs, most up to 35 or 40 feet. Family-friendly amenities include marked walking trails, swimming beaches, playgrounds, ranger programs, and boat rentals to enjoy lakes and rivers. Considering its vibrant cities, universities, and quaint small towns surrounded by all this natural beauty, New Hampshire is a great destination for campers and RVers who want to see the best of New England.
To make a reservation, visit newhampshirestateparks.reserveamerica.com/
or call 877-NH-PARKS (647-2757).
Reservations can be made from 11 months to 1 day in advance.
A 3-night minimum is required for reservations made prior to April 1 and for holiday weekends at any time.
Maximum RV length per campground is listed under the “Campground Amenities Grid” on the New Hampshire State Parks website. Most campgrounds can fit RVs up to 35 or 40 feet.
Sites are searchable and bookable by RV length in the reservation system.
ADA-accessible sites are searchable and bookable on the reservation website. Guests are encouraged to visit the “Accessibility” section of each park’s page to find the latest accessibility information for that facility, and to call the park directly to discuss specific needs.
Full-hookup sites are available at Cannon Mountain RV Park, Ellacoya State Park, and Hampton Beach State Park. All other campgrounds have dry camping sites only.
WiFi is not offered. If connectivity is a priority, contact the park directly to ask about WiFi and cell service.
The maximum stay is 14 nights.
Campgrounds are rustic. Most sites include a picnic table and grill, and campgrounds have flush or vault toilets. Additional facilities may include showers, a dump station, a playground, marked trails, nature programs, and access to water recreation.
Fees range from $23 for a site with no hookups to $50 for a site with full hookups in a prime location. Flat fees per campground are posted on the state park website under “Campsite Rates”.
A reservation includes up to 2 adults and 4 children. A surcharge of $10 applies for additional adults to a maximum of 4, or $5 for additional children. Either way, maximum occupancy per site is 6 people.
Nonrefundable reservation fee: $6.50
Change fee: $2.15
Cancellations up to 6 days prior to arrival: $6.50
Cancellations within 5 days of arrival: $15
Pets are allowed at some, but not all, state parks as long as they are kept on a leash. Pet policies are provided in the “Campground Amenities Grid” on each park’s website.
Designated pet-friendly sites can be searched for in the reservation system. And of course, campers should always clean up after their pet.
- Maximum occupancy per site: 1 or 2 vehicles and 6 people, up to 4 of which can be adults.
- Check-in time: 1 p.m. Check-out time: 11 a.m.
- Quiet hours: 10 p.m. to 7 a.m.
- Alcoholic beverages: Generally permitted, but check with the park for any site-specific restrictions.
- Generator use: Prohibited during quiet hours.
- Campfires: Allowed in designated rings or pits, following local advisories.
- Drone use: Check with the specific park for regulations.
White Lake State Park
94 State Park Road, Tamworth, NH 03886
White Lake State Park is an ideal combination of peaceful wilderness camping and family-friendly recreation in White Mountain National Forest. The glacial lake is deep and clear, ringed by dense pinewoods and distant mountain peaks. A sandy beach and cool water are ideal for swimming and boating in the summer, and the beautiful surroundings are a photographer’s dream.
The campground is nestled among a 72-acre stand of pitch pine trees surrounding White Lake that was designated a National Natural Landmark. About 90 of the campground’s 200 sites can accommodate RVs, to a maximum length of 35 feet. There are no hookups, but a dump station is available along with a camp store, ranger station, playground, restrooms, and showers. Add in the walking and biking trails, summer boat rentals, and the beach, and White Lake makes for an idyllic summer camping destination, and a spectacular setting to watch the leaves change color in the fall.
Pawtuckaway State Park
7 Pawtuckaway Road, Nottingham, NH 03290
Located between the cities of Manchester and coastal Portsmouth, Pawtuckaway is a beloved destination for the beauty and recreational opportunities of its lake, ponds, wetlands, and forest. Its trails lead to a variety of points of interest, from a mountaintop fire tower with panoramic views to a field of boulders left behind after the last Ice Age. Potential wildlife viewing includes deer, beaver, great blue heron, and other waterfowl. The lake offers a swimming beach, fishing, and kayak and canoe rentals in the summer. Biking, horseback riding, and backcountry hiking trails are offered as well.
Pawtuckaway’s wooded campground has over 50 sites for RVs, with a limited number that can accommodate RVs up to 35 feet long. Sites are spacious, shady, and many are located on the water. Note that neither hookups nor a dump station is available. Campground facilities include a store, ranger station, playground, restrooms, and showers. Pawtuckaway is a popular park with day-trippers and campers, so it’s best to book early for a summer stay.
Hampton Beach State Park
160 Ocean Boulevard, Hampton, NH 03842
Most people associate New Hampshire with mountains, lakes, and woods, but the state takes full advantage of its small ocean shoreline, too. Hampton Beach has been a classic New England summer destination for generations. The state park is ideally situated at the mouth of the Hampton River, providing unobstructed views while remaining within walking distance of shops and restaurants in town.
The campground is right at the river’s edge, and has full hookups at the 28 RV-only sites. All can accommodate RVs up to 40 feet. Sites are close together, in the open, and in high demand for their unparalleled access to the beach and water activities available on the ocean and the river. Campground facilities include a dump station, store, ranger station, playground, restrooms, and showers. The town of Hampton Beach and the state park itself are both very popular summer family destinations. Some campsites are offered during a preseason lottery due to demand. The shoulder season can offer more availability and a more peaceful beach camping experience.
New Hampshire state park campgrounds that accommodate RV camping
Bear Brook State Park
Cannon Mountain RV Park
Coleman State Park
Deer Mountain Campground
Dry River Campground
Ellacoya State Park
Greenfield State Park
Hampton Beach State Park (South)
Jericho Mountain State Park
Lafayette Place Campground
Lake Francis State Park
Milan Hill State Park
Mollidgewock State Park
Monadnock State Park Gilson Pond Area
Moose Brook State Park
Pawtuckaway State Park
Pillsbury State Park
Umbagog Lake State Park
White Lake State Park
For more information on New Hampshire state park campgrounds, visit nhstateparks.org/.