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Mimi
07-08-2008, 12:45 PM
Hello fellow hikers!

I'm planning a ten day hiking stretch in the Whites mid-July. Lafayette National Campground is fully booked for the days I need.

Would anyone know of a few private campgrounds in the Lafayette or Liberty/Flume at road level I can check into ?

Thank's for your guidance

prino
07-08-2008, 01:14 PM
Hi Mimi!

I don't know any specific sites but these locations (http://newhampshirestateparks.reserveamerica.com/homeLeft.do?mode=submit&topTabIndex=CampingSpot) might help you find something.

Good Luck and have fun on your trip.

cooperhill
07-08-2008, 02:12 PM
I don't recall any other private or public campgrounds on the Franconia Notch Parkway (besides Lafayette). I found this one nearby:

Fransted Campground (http://www.franstedcampground.com/)

Here is a map of the national forest campgrounds in the area (again none directly near Lafayette or Liberty/Flume).

USFS Campground Map (http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/forests/white_mountain/recreation/camping/campground_map.html)

Good luck.

bobandgeri
07-08-2008, 02:44 PM
Here is another web page that lists most of the private campgrounds in the White Mountains.

http://www.ucampnh.com/dir-wm.asp

As others have said, nothing in Franconia Notch. We've stayed in a bunch of them, so PM us with any specific questions.

Fisher Cat
07-08-2008, 02:45 PM
You can also try the link below. This provides access to some no-frills sites, but they're cheaper and you can reserve on-line:

http://www.campsnh.com/waterville.htm

Then this link provides access to private campgrounds:

http://www.ucampnh.com/database/results.asp?

Wherever you stay, have a blast!

1HappyHiker
07-08-2008, 07:31 PM
In Twin Mountain, which is a very short drive to Franconia Notch, there is a KOA Campground that has won 2 awards for excellence. Click HERE (http://www.koa.com/where/nh/29111/news.htm) for link.

Wherever you end up, best wishes for happy hiking!!

1HappyHiker

Waumbek
07-08-2008, 08:09 PM
Fransted is the best-known one in this area for a well-run campground.

JOD
07-09-2008, 10:40 AM
Mimi,

Down the road in Lincoln and North Woodstock there are private campgrounds. In Lincoln there is the Country Bumpkins (http://www.countrybumpkins.com/). In North Woodstock there is Maple Haven (http://www.maplehavenresort.com/) and Lost River Valley Campground (http://www.lostriver.com/).

The White Mountain National Forest (http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/forests/white_mountain/recreation/camping/campground_map.html) has campgrounds that offer first come first serve spots. I like Russell Pond (16) and Hanckock (11) for tenting. Wildwood (22) wouldn't be too bad.


There is also a KOA in Thornton, NH.

I'm sure there are others.

jod

prino
07-09-2008, 02:19 PM
And the winner is this one (http://www.waterestcampground.com/)

Jay H
07-09-2008, 02:31 PM
Yeah, if anybody is in the area on the 19-20th, stop on by, we'll leave the light on for ya. I think we're in #9, as per a friend's recommendation. ;)

Jay

Stan
07-10-2008, 03:32 PM
Cold Spring Campground just south of the Notch was always our favorite for convenience and economy. Expect by now it may be under new management but it was always clean, welcoming and well maintained.

Jay H
07-15-2008, 08:14 AM
getting to Woodstock NH question.

those coming from the SW, do you think it is better to take I-91 and then kind of head east using 25A and 118? from Fairlee, Orford or is it better just to go to I495 outside Boston and then just take I-93 north to Woodstock?

I'll have all day sunday to get there....

Jay

giggy
07-15-2008, 08:25 AM
cbcdc would know - he use to come up from southern CT all the time.

I take 495 to rt 3 to 93.

I know people like BoB (western ma) take 91 - so not sure.

Jay H
07-15-2008, 09:09 AM
I asked Bob what's his route.. Maybe I'll climb Mousilauke on the way...

Jay

lattinhill
07-15-2008, 09:39 AM
Jay, for what it's worth, get off I-91 at the Bradford exit & take Rt 25 into Piermont NH . Rt 25 becomes 25C and takes you into Warren & then Rt 118 takes you over the mountain into N. Woodstock . It's only one more exit up and a nicer, more direct drive and saves about 3 miles over 25A.
Fun in a turbo Subie too :D

Dave

Jay H
07-15-2008, 12:56 PM
Yeah, the Turbo Subby would be fun, however, it (subaru) should of out a rear sway bar on it, and the suspension is too loose for real spirited driving, a Legacy GT would be much nicer at least on the road.

Last question (I think), is there cell reception in Woodstock, NH? I have ATT and might need to make some phone calls...

Jay

David Metsky
07-15-2008, 01:24 PM
Woodstock, yes. The notch, it depends on your carrier.

Chip
07-15-2008, 02:11 PM
We always go straight up 91, it's the only thing we do in VT :o . They ought to charge a toll, or something.

Jay H
07-15-2008, 02:29 PM
heehee, maybe one more question, this is for Chip...

How is the never ending construction on I-84 in hartford going? Any problems getting to I-91 from there?

Jay

Chip
07-15-2008, 02:41 PM
from 84 after waterbury take 691 in Southington to 91 north, then stay in the fast lane when you get near Hartford to avoid the back-up getting off 91 there.

BobC
07-17-2008, 03:30 PM
I stayed at Country Bumpkins over Memorial Day weekend with my kids. At that time (still non-peak season) it was only about $4 more per night than Lafayette, and it's very convenient to route 93. Right in Lincoln off exit 33. Not much there in the way of things to do inside the campground for kids, but would be a decent launching point for a hiking weekend.

Bob
07-18-2008, 11:21 AM
I stayed at Country Bumpkins before also, really liked it. Right on river, close to town yet MUCH QUIETER than Lafayette CG. At the time it was actually cheaper than the State or National Forest CG's.

Jay H
07-28-2008, 07:21 AM
Thanks everybody, Mimi and I stayed in Waterrest campground probably more than we wanted too (we shortened a backpack on the pemi to basically a stay at Galehead Hut) but Waterest was a nice campground with clean showers and a nice site (either on the little beaver pond or the pemi river). We heard a loon in the pond too the last night there.

Anyway, it's $24 and the same as Lafayette which we stayed for one night. Do not use the showers at the campground office, out of 4 showers, 1 works and it's filthy. For that price, I'd much rather stay at Waterest, plus the folks there are really nice and the let me park my car there for the weekend at Bearly Live.

Jay

Jay H
07-28-2008, 07:22 AM
I stayed at Country Bumpkins over Memorial Day weekend with my kids. At that time (still non-peak season) it was only about $4 more per night than Lafayette, and it's very convenient to route 93. Right in Lincoln off exit 33. Not much there in the way of things to do inside the campground for kids, but would be a decent launching point for a hiking weekend.

Ah, Mimi and I saw this on the map and we drove by it a couple of times when we were taking the scenic route (aka rt 3, rather than I-93)... Thanks for the rec.

Has anybody stayed at the Androscoggin Campground which I think is by the Rt 302/Rt 3 junction somewhere by Twin Mtns? Also there is a campground on 302 just around the corner too, are these any good?

jay

giggy
07-28-2008, 08:36 AM
Has anybody stayed at the Androscoggin Campground which I think is by the Rt 302/Rt 3 junction somewhere by Twin Mtns? Also there is a campground on 302 just around the corner too, are these any good?

jay


yep - Its Ok - your just on top of each other. not much privacy.

waterest rules.

bobandgeri
07-28-2008, 08:37 AM
I think you mean the Ammonoosuc Campground which is right next door to the Pizza Pub on Rte 3. Large place - haven't been there in a few years, but remember the rest rooms being rustic.

On Rte 302 in Twin Mountain there are a couple you could be talking about. If you head south on Rte 302 and go 1/2 mile, the Living Water campground where alcohol, radios, and dogs are not permitted is on your right.

If you head north on Rte 302 and go 1/2 mile, the TarryHo campground in on your left. We have a year round site there (along with HikerBob from ROT) so ping us if you have specific questions on sites/info. Clean restrooms, several sites on the Ammonoosuc river, free WifI if you need to stay in touch while away. (TarryHo (http://tarryho.com/)

giggy
07-28-2008, 08:44 AM
yea bob. think your right - the one I am thinking is right before you turn down 302. (its on rt 3)

Jay H
07-28-2008, 09:56 AM
Yeah, oops, some river that begins with the letter A.... :D

Living Water is on the Map Adventures map that I have too... We passed both of those on the way to Zealand Road.

Jay