7 Best Campgrounds for Camping in New Hampshire


*Links in this article may be affiliate links, from which we may earn commission. See our Privacy Policy for full details.

Are you planning a camping adventure in NH? If you’re looking for the best spots to go camping in New Hampshire, we’ve rounded up the top campgrounds in NH for you right here! 

There are a ton of great campgrounds all around New England, fun vacation rentals, even awesome places to glamp, if that’s more your style, but if it’s campgrounds in New Hampshire you’re interested in, you are in the right place.

Lafayette Place Campground in Franconia

The Flume Gorge is visible with mossy, rocks on either side towering over hikers that are making their way along the path with water crashing over the rocks below
Editorial credit: Enrico Della Pietra / Shutterstock.com

Located in beautiful Franconia Notch State Park, Lafayette Place Campground is some of the best New Hampshire camping a person can find, conveniently situated with so many scenic sights and amenities! The campground offers restrooms, showers, telephones, picnic areas, drinking water, fire rings, a convenience store, a recycling station, and handicap access; what more could a person possibly need on their NH camping trip?

Open mid-May through Columbus Day weekend, Lafayette Place Campground is the perfect landing spot for anyone looking to head out and explore some of the best hikes in New Hampshire, including the beautiful Flume Gorge and waterfall trails. Franconia is a gorgeous little town to explore, too, with plenty of places to grab a bite to eat when you’re ready to head back to civilization!

READ NEXT  9 Scenic New Hampshire State Parks

Hampton Beach State Park in Hampton Beach

If you’d like to go camping in New Hampshire and stay in a spot where you can get a little bit of that Vitamin Sea, check out Hampton Beach State Park! This lovely state park is technically open year-round, but RV camping is available Memorial Day through Columbus Day. 

There are 28 full hookup campsites available next to the Hampton Harbor Inlet with a table, fire ring, and grate, and other campground amenities include flush toilets, cold showers, a picnic area, water, and a park store in case you’ve forgotten any essentials! Of course, you’re also just a quick walk to all kinds of Hampton Beach fun, so camping at Hampton Beach State Park is a great way to get away from it all while still being conveniently near anything you might need!

READ NEXT  10 Best Hotels in Hampton Beach NH

Lake Massasecum Park & Campground in Bradford

Three canoes are tied to a dock in a still lake surrounded by trees on a calm, clear day while camping in New Hampshire

If you want to go camping in New Hampshire at a nice, relaxed campground that offers the true experience of leisurely camping, check out Lake Massasecum Park & Campground in Bradford! Reserve your stay between Mother’s Day weekend and Labor Day, then weekends only until Columbus Day to swim, fish, or just relax back on the sandy shore of this beautiful lake park and enjoy great amenities like restrooms, hot showers, fire pits, picnic tables, and a camp store.

Lake Massasecum Park also offers canoe, kayak, rowboat, and hydro bike rentals, so there are lots of great ways to enjoy the lake here at this beautiful NH campground, but Bradford is also just a quick drive over to NH’s capital Concord, one of the best places to visit in NH; There’s always plenty of fun to be had in Concord!

READ NEXT  10 Best Lakes in New Hampshire to Visit this Summer

White Lake State Park in Tamworth

If you’re looking for campgrounds in New Hampshire that are great for summer swimming, check out White Lake State Park, located on the shore of the gorgeous glacial lake this state park is named after. You can reserve a stay between Memorial Day and Columbus Day weekend at this beautiful park where amenities include coin-operated showers, restrooms, a playground, and more.

If you tire of swimming and exploring the trails around the glacial lake during your NH camping trip, North Conway is just a half an hour’s drive up the road with all kinds of fun things to see and do, including a visit to nearby Diana’s Bath’s to see its spectacular cascading waterfalls for yourself! Fuel up at one of North Conway’s best restaurants before heading back to your campsite; pancakes from Peach’s Restaurant might be just what you need! 

READ NEXT  15 Amazing Cabins in the White Mountains, NH

Israel River Campground in Jefferson

A cropped view of people sitting around a blazing campfire, roasting marshmallows

Looking for a great place to camp in New Hampshire with kids? Consider Israel River Campground, where in addition to a beautiful riverfront scenic view in the White Mountains, you’ll also find a pool, areas to play volleyball and horseshoes, a playground, and a great spot to go fish! Amenities are fantastic with restrooms, showers, a general store, campfires and picnic tables at every site, and there’s even an indoor recreation room with a pool table, arcades, and books. Oh, there’s a hot tub, too!

Israel River Campground is also conveniently located in Jefferson, the home of the Christmas-themed amusement park called Santa’s Village! After Santa’s Village, head up the road to Littleton, one of the cutest small towns in NH. There’s something for everyone during a NH camping trip to Israel River Campground!

READ NEXT  14 Fantastic Things to Do in Littleton, New Hampshire

Lost River Valley Campground in North Woodstock

Nestled in between two lovely rivers, Lost River Valley Campground offers a great camping experience whether you’re bringing your camper or “roughin’ it” in the tent! Amenities include restrooms, showers, a camp store, a playground for the kiddos, and more, all surrounded by beautiful National Forest!

Not only is there plenty of camping fun to be had onsite at Lost River Valley, but nearby Lincoln is a fantastic little town to explore, too! Loon Mountain hosts all kinds of outdoor fun and Whale’s Water Park is always a blast in the summer. For a uniquely NH outdoor experience, consider going on a Pemi Valley Moose Tour; moose tours are always a neat, memory-making experience!

READ NEXT  10 Terrific Restaurants in Lincoln NH

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Milton

Three kids run into a muted blue lake surrounded by dense green foliage on a sunny day

For the ultimate family fun campground in New Hampshire, check out Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park! Open May through October, this campground is located right on the NH/Maine border and whether you decide to book a cabin or a campsite, your stay near beautiful Northeast Pond in Milton will no doubt be absolutely gorgeous! Amenities include restrooms, showers, a convenience store, and so much more.

In addition to all the onsite fun like swimming at the lake or in the pool, playing mini-golf, laser tag, tennis, and more, a stay at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Milton puts you within less than an hour’s drive of some beautiful coastal Maine spots, like Ogunquit and York, and one of NH’s Seacoast gems, Portsmouth. A stay at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Milton is a great choice for a family camping trip to NH!

READ NEXT  12 Best Restaurants in Portsmouth NH
READ NEXT  Where to Go for Breakfast in Portsmouth NH

There are a ton of great options for campgrounds in NH, but the best part is that with a state as rich in natural attractions and spectacular scenery, it’s really hard to go wrong when camping in New Hampshire!

Whether you’re looking for a cool cabin to stay in, a glamping experience, a place to pull your RV into, or you come with just a backpack and a tent, you’ll find the perfect spot for you at one of these awesome New Hampshire campgrounds!

You might also like: