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WATERVILLE CAMPGROUND, NH

part ofWhite Mountain National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: WATERVILLE CAMPGROUND
Status: Open through Mon Oct 13 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Waterville Campground is a popular home base for hikers who want to explore the southern White Mountains, including the scenic Pemigewasset Wilderness.

The tremendous choice of local attractions and the proximity to outdoor recreation opportunities - fishing, swimming, hiking and whitewater paddling to name a few - bring campers back to Waterville again and again.

The White Mountains boast pristine forests, clear mountain streams and rivers and the tallest peaks in the Northeast. The forest encompasses nearly 800,000 acres in New Hampshire and western Maine, and is one of the most popular in the country.

Natural Features:

The campground sits in a thick forest of northern hardwood trees, adjacent to the Mad River and surrounded by mountains.

The national forest is home to many species of northern wildlife, including moose, white-tailed deer and black bear. Almost 200 species of birds, including the rare Bicknell's Thrush, live in the White Mountains.

Recreation:

Hikers are drawn to the many trails in the area. Campers can easily access the Drakes Brook Trail (4.4 miles) and Sandwich Trail (3.9 miles), which form a loop that begins and ends near the campground.

Water sports include fishing and kayaking. Anglers can cast a line for brook trout in the Mad River. A bit farther away is the Winnipesaukee River, which has a great 2.1-mile category I-II section of whitewater.

Other activities such as summer concerts, a swimming area, golf course and the Gunstock ski resort are close by.

Learn more about recreation in the national forest.

Facilities:

A mix of standard and tent-only sites are well-spaced around a single loop. The facility provides the basic amenities of restrooms and drinking water. Many other amenities such as showers and laundry facilities are within a short drive.

Nearby Attractions:

Campers may want to take an afternoon to visit Gilford Beach, Dixon Point and Sandwich Beach, all near Waterville Campground.

The facility is also close to Waterville Valley Resort, which offers night life, summer concert tours, restaurants, horseback riding, canoeing, mountain bike rentals and shops.

The White Mountains region hosts four alpine and five nordic ski areas, which provide year-round recreation opportunities.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Drinking Water
  • Pay Phone
  • Vault Toilets
Within 10 Miles
  • Canoeing
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Ice Skating
  • Kayaking
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Mountain Biking
  • Restaurant
  • Showers
  • Swimming
Know Before You Go
  • Must bring confirmation to campground; must post confirmation letter and reservation information in fee envelope upon check-in
  • This facility has first-come, first-served sites
  • Maximum two vehicles per site
  • Campsite fee includes parking for one vehicle; second vehicle fee of $5 per night will be collected upon arrival
  • White Mountain National Forest website
  • Don't move firewood: To limit the spread of invasive tree-killing pests, firewood from outside the area is not permitted. Some states have quarantines and may confiscate your firewood. Please help protect our forests from invasive species by obtaining your firewood at or near your camping destination and burning it on-site. Visit dontmovefirewood.org for more information.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
43.94194, -71.50917
43°56'31"N, 71°30'33"W

From Highway 93, take exit 28. Follow Highway 49 east for 10 miles, then turn left on Tripoli Road. The campground is 0.25 miles on the left.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

WATERVILLE CAMPGROUND
WHITE MOUNTAIN
  NH 

Phone Number:

Information:  (603)536-6100
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