new hampshire campgroundsLooking for a campground in New Hampshire? There are at least 20 camping spots in the Granite State, including 19 state parks with camping facilities.

We’re not going to cover all the campgrounds in New Hampshire, but there are a bunch in the southern half of the state within reasonable driving distance from Massachusetts. Here are a few of our favorites, with number labels corresponding to the map at right.

Some of the top campgrounds in New Hampshire

Bear Brook State Park (1) – Located just north of Manchester, 70 miles from Boston, Bear Brook is a great camping option for Massachusetts residents. It features 101 wooded sites located on a whopping 10,000 acres of land around Beaver Pond. Pets are welcome. The park even has a couple of archery ranges.

Hampton Beach RV Park (8) – Here’s the closest NH campground to Boston, just 47 miles (about an hour drive) away. Hampton Beach is on the Hampton River at the Atlantic Ocean. Note: there are only 28 RV sites, so reservations are encouraged.

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Pawtuckaway State Park (17) – Find 192 lake-side campsites at Pawtuckaway State Park in Nottingham. The campground has flush toilets and coin-operated showers. New Hampshire Parks & Recreation cautions that the beach sells out very early on nice days.

Ellacoya State Park (6) – Though it houses only 38 camp sites, Ellacoya has a great location on Lake Winnipesauke with distant views of the mountains. The state park offers full hookups and a 600-foot sandy beach.

Pillsbury State Park (18) – A pet-friendly campground in western New Hampshire, Pillsbury offers primitive camping, with 41 sites scattered around ponds and wetlands (watch for the moose!) The park is a good starting point to connect with area hiking and biking trails.

White Lake State Park (20) – If you’re willing to go a little further north, try White Lake State Park, which hosts more than 200 camping sites on White Lake. Popular activities here include swimming, fishing, and canoeing.

See this PDF for more details on the rest of the campgrounds in New Hampshire.

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