Camping in New Hampshire is an event to remember, with activities and relaxation for people of all interests. Despite its small size, there are 93 state park and state forests that include 1000 lakes, plus beaches, historic sites, trails, campgrounds, and so many areas to explore.
For an interesting and educational experience, try Connecticut Lakes Headwaters Working Forest. In addition to having virtually every camping activity--boating, canoeing, fishing, horseback riding, biking, ATVing and more--it is also a working forest, meaning you can watch how the Forestland Group manages a forest, sometimes logging, sometimes cutting trails. It’s a field trip and a camping trip put together.
If you’re interested in history, try camping near the Bedell Bridge State Historic Site near Haverhill, a small 74-acre park on the Connecticut River that was the site of a two-span covered bridge, the second longest in the country. Though destroyed in a windstorm in 1979, the trusses and arches remain. Or, for a different historic excursion, check out the Franklin Pierce Homestead. Though you may not know much about the 14th president of the United States, the site is a fine example of the New England architecture of the early 1800s. The site is maintained as a Blue Star Museum, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.
One fascinating and gorgeous camping spot through Flume Gorge, near the town of Lincoln. A natural gorge 800 feet at the base of Mount Liberty, the narrow trail walks between granite walls 12 to 20 feet apart. From the boardwalk you can see wildflowers, ferns, and mosses. The hike is about 2 miles one-way, ending at the Flume Building.
And don’t forget camping at the lakes that dot the state, where you can boat, canoe, kayak, and fish. The most common fish in New Hampshire’s 1000 lakes are brook trout, rainbow trout, brown trout, whitefish, and landlocked salmon.
There is something to see and do around every corner of this state, and with everything so close together, there’s no reason why you can’t visit many camping areas in New Hampshire in a single visit.