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New Hampshire's North Country Camping

North Country Camping

By Tom Richardson; Photography by Tom Richardson

New Hampshire’s North Country is loaded with camping option, both private and public. Those looking for a true “wilderness” experience can choose from one of the region’s primitive sites, while those who want to enjoy camping with a few more creature comforts (glamping, anyone?) can choose a campground with plenty of amenities, including swimming pools, playgrounds and WiFi.

Camping is a fun family activity and a great way to save some bucks on lodging. Even better, the North Country’s campgrounds offer convenient if not immediate access to many outdoor activities, such as fly fishing, ATV riding, hiking and paddling.

Here are a few of the North Country’s top campgrounds.

PRIVATE

Big Rock Campground and Cabins, North Stratford:
Full-service campground on 89 acres and offersing direct access to the Ride the Wilds ATV trail system. Features a pool, horseshoe pits, a pavilion and more.

Log Haven, Millsfield:
In the heart of the Great North Woods, Log Haven offers complete camping facilities in addition to a restaurant and lounge. They have direct access to ATV and snowmobile trails.

Ramblewood Cabins and Campground, Pittsburg:
Located in the Connecticut Lakes Headwaters Area, the 30-site Ramblewood Cabins and Campground offers breathtaking scenery and ready access to First Connecticut Lake. Sites can accommodate everything from tents to 40-foot RVs. For hikers, the campground offers direct access to the Cohos Trail.

STATE

Coleman State Park, Stewartstown:
Located on Little Diamond Pond, this 25-site campground is great for anyone who enjoys fishing, kayaking, hunting and ATV riding. Boat and snowshoe rentals available. Sites are ideal for ATV camping, with direct trail access. Also offers cozy cabins. Pets are allowed in campground but not cabins.

Deer Mountain Campground, Pittsburg:
Scenic campground just south of the Canadian border. Offers 25 primitive campsites, plus one cabin, with fire pits, picnic tables, and latrines in the Connecticut Lakes State Forest. Great area for moose-watching. Opens May 28.

Lake Francis State Park Campground, Pittsburg:
Situated on the shore of beautiful Lake Francis, the campground offers 45 sites with picnic tables and fire pits. Showers and bathroom facilities are located on-site. RV and pet friendly. Canoe rentals available.

Mollidgewock State Park Campground, Errol:
Among the sites in this primitive tent-onlycampground are remote and paddle-access sites along the Androscoggin and Magalloway Rivers. Kayak rentals are available. Pets allowed.

Umbagog Lake State Park Campground, Cambridge:
This park offers 33 remote campsites and 4 remote cabins, which provides access to the Umbagog Lake National Wildlife Refuge. A good spot to see loons, bald eagles, river otters and moose. Amenities include a boat ramp and dock, fire rings, restrooms with flush toilets, showers, playground, fuel, picnic areas, camping supplies, and more.