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The best camping near Pawtuckaway State Park

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The lake is the star attraction at this popular New Hampshire park.

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Top-rated campgrounds near Pawtuckaway State Park

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F.a.C Campout

13 sites 路 Tents30 acres 路 Exeter, NH
A shared space for the animals and the artist. We are working on becoming sustainable into the future where we can gather to work on our art in a loving natural and healthy environment. We welcome you to come relax and rejuvinate on this sacred ground. We ask you respectfully carry in carry out any trash. The farm can accommodate and accept your empty recyclables and compostable material (meat is NOT an allowed compost item). 3 bay commercial sink w/hot cold water access(n/a winter).Our family practices kindness and encourages community. #NFA 鈿
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Camp in the woods

4 sites 路 RVs, Tents3 acres 路 Fremont, NH
Grandfather once lived on the property of a popular local restaurant owner original well and foundation still on site right on conservation trails with plenty of hiking biking and wildlifeLearn more about this land:3 acres private with hundreds of acres of hiking or biking abutting conservation land and 20 minutes from Hampton beach located 5 min from rt 101 and 125 new England dragway is 10 minutes away entrance can be muddy no low car access you need to walk in 500' or have AWD small building on property for fall hunting
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Hussey Mountain Tree Farm

4 sites 路 RVs, Tents87 acres 路 Farmington, NH
ATFS Certified Tree Farm / Conservation Area Est. 2004 Camp with your group at our private Tree Farm/Conservation/Recreation Area. Established in 2004, we are an 87 acre ATFS certified Tree Farm located in the Blue Hills Range in the Foothills to NH鈥檚 White Mountains. Choose from one of three unique sites to best fit your camping needs, or book all three to reserve the entire property. We also host custom outdoor retreats/events, and reach out if you are interested in utilizing the mountain for your function. Our Farm spans the northerly side of Hussey Mountain from the base to the summit. Guests are provided with private access to several miles of multi-use nature trails, multiple scenic lookouts, a three acre PYO blueberry maze, a dock on our private eight acre pond with available boat rentals. On weekends, access to our abutting partner farm for educational tours, fresh organic produce, or plan an evening to have us host your group for private dinners/functions in our outdoor dining area surrounded by botanical gardens. At the common area located at the base of the mountain in (Parking A) guests are provided with a portable toilet, outdoor shower, garden hose for washing, a power strip for charging devices, spigot with potable water for filling containers, and mini basketballs/hoop for the kids. Things to do on the mountain SPRING-FALL include... Hiking on several miles of maintained nature trails marked with clear signage for easy day/night navigation. Relaxing/taking in the scenery from several scenic lookouts located on and around the mountain鈥檚 summit; combined they provide a 360-degree view spanning from the NH/ME Seacoast to the White Mountains of NH, to the Green Mountains of VT. Fishing, paddling, swimming, or relaxing on our dock. Bird/wildlife watching, berry picking, stargazing and leaf peeping. This is a place you can easily spend a few days and keep busy! That said, if you鈥檙e looking to venture off-mountain and explore we鈥檙e in a great area to do that. We鈥檙e located only 7 minutes off Exit 14, NH Route 16 N. Places to visit nearby include... Baxter lake (public access) 5 minutes south. Portsmouth 25 minutes south. Lake Winnipesaukee 20 minutes north. Gunstock mountain resort 25 minutes north. NH鈥檚 White Mountains 40 minutes north. Conway 1 hour north. Things to do on the mountain in WINTER include... We offer the only private ski area in New England accessed by either uphill travel or snowmobile lift service. With snow, our unique network of forestry trails and glades are transformed into downhill ski/snowboard runs, snowshoe routes, and fatbike trails. (Site 1 Base Camp) becomes ski-in, ski-out and is our only available site during ski season. Booking Base Camp provides our guests with exclusive private access to the mountain and all of the ski/snowboard/snowshoe/fatbike terrain via groomed uphill routes; one of which begins right out of the campsite.
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Bear + Bird Homestead

1 site 路 Tent4 acres 路 Brentwood, NH
Welcome to our home! We're glad to have you. Exeter Riverfront camping with floating dock Open fields camping Bucket toilet or toilet-trees (please use LNT for solids!) Hot/Cold Outdoor shower Well behaved dogs/leashed dogs are welcome 2 Min to Lindy's Country Store, 6 Min to Market Basket (and shopping plaza)/Epping Restaurants 15 minutes to downtown Exeter 20 minutes from Pawtuckaway State Park Over 300 acres of town forest hiking trails directly across the street.
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Woods, Pasture and Lots of Sun

3 sites 路 Lodging5 acres 路 Strafford, NH
Come camp in the foothills of Blue Job mountain, just a mile and a half down the road. 馃彅 I have a 5 acre property with small cabins set in the woods. Cabins have basic cots, and compost toilets will be available for campers鈥 use. Access to garden and lots of sun You can have a fire 馃敟 in the fire pit, there is also access to drinking water and plenty of sun to hang your solar water bags for a shower. I have an organic garden which you may also pick greens 馃ガ for a meal. We look forward to hosting you! One dog per site is allowed, provided they are leashed.
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Someday Farm and Forest

16 sites 路 RVs, Tents40 acres 路 Canterbury, NH
Once this property was part of a large chicken farm, the fields were hayed and still are. The meadow filled with water after some logging occurred about 70 years ago creating the swamp. Recently, a small farm has been built here that includes some alpacas, a llama, ducks, chickens, kitties and a rescue dog named Miss Oklahoma from her home state, commonly called 'Oakie', Beautiful farmland with livestock, including alpacas! An open field, forest, walking trails and a peaceful swamp with wildlife is all at your disposal while you are here at Someday Farm! We have a total of 12 sites for your enjoyment, there are a few sites here (Site 1, 5 and Site 12) that allow campers and tow behinds. We are in central NH only an hour from Boston off of I 93, and less than 30 miles away from the famous Lake Winnipesaukee, we are perched on a picturesque dirt road in the beautiful country town of Canterbury New Hampshire. Whether you are up for just hanging at your campsite, exploring the swamp, picnic in the field overlooking the swamp, visiting the animals, or visiting around town, hiking nearby trials, we are here for your stay! We have easy-to-access rustic style camping accommodations for all sized parties traveling with tents, travel trailers or small campers. All of our sites offer potable water, solar shower bags, parking, fire pits, and a picnic table. NEW THIS YEAR...We have a new Welcome Center! It will be complete with a game section, dry firewood bundles, replenished shower bags, water, fire starter kits, also, extra supplies for purchase such drinking water, bug spray and some homemade items, eggs, toiletries and some other items to purchase with cash (honor system) or Venmo or PayPal. Check it out! You don't need to purchase extras online if you'd rather pay here :) Onsite also, is a small library inside the Carraige House, let me know if you need a book. An outside sink is available for your needs. Also, New this year is Site 11, is complete last July, Under the Stars, across from 9 and 10. And the new Common Area-Strickly foot traffic only, this is a space to enjoy the open sky with a table, firepit and a grill for anyone's use. If you don't want to bring a grill and don't want to cook on grates. It is a first come first serve basis. But maybe your neighbors' will all come and cook with you? New too! Cornhole!! Setup on weekends along the drive and next to the Common Area, find the bags in Welcome Center. Once you are confirmed an email is sent offering 30 places around the beautiful town that you may visit at your leisure, including Shaker Village, Canterbury Ale works, Canterbury Woods Golf course, Hackleboro Orchards, our own Canterbury Country Store-1 mile away, Cold Garden Sprits is a new small distillery that is fascinating! If you need more city life amenities like grocery stores or restaurants, the capitol city of Concord to the south, and the town of Tilton and Laconia to the north, are a breeze to access and are less than 20 minutes away. Direct bookings and advanced reservations are no problem, and we also try to accommodate last minute bookings whenever we can. Feel free to msg me or call for questions and information. Checkout our onsite shop (Someday Farm Market) at the barn for our own handmade/homemade items and some Alpaca products also for sale. Also, be sure to check out all the extras (you have to review the extras to purchase firewood) offered here while you are booking your stay! You can also msg me to purchase firewood and other items once you are on site. There is firewood in each site for your arrival, but if you use it you pay the $8.00, if you order it no worries it's there for you already, and extra can be bought and delivered during your stay.
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SnugLife Camping

2 sites 路 Lodging, Tents52 acres 路 Wilton, NH
Keith & I are happy to share our 52-acre slice of paradise with campers and fellow dog-enthusiasts. Come enjoy the Souhegan River, the woods and the myriad activities that southern NH has to offer. We're only 65 miles from Boston, but feel like you've left the world behind... Find us on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram: @snuglifecamping聽 - because... The snuggle is real...
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Private site close to attractions

2 sites 路 RVs, Tents125 acres 路 North Berwick, ME
Large camping spot on the edge of a 125-acre farm with sunny or shaded place to set up camp. Guests are welcome to walk or hike around the property. There are open fields and some rough hiking trails (wear good shoes!) Small stream runs through the property and there are wild turkeys, deer and other wildlife about. This is a rustic site with picnic table, fire ring and chemical toilet. Not glamping for sure, but pretty and peaceful. Plenty of room to pull in a pop-up or camper. Convenient to most locations in Southern Maine and NH. Located near the center of town, there are stores and restaurants within a 5-minute drive. Excellent location to be away from tourist areas but close enough to visit -Beaches 20-30 minutes, RT 95-15 mins, Portland 45; Portsmouth-45 mins, Kittery Outlets -30 mins. White Mountains 1 hour 30 mins.
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Marston Farm

3 sites 路 RVs, Tents60 acres 路 Deerfield, NH
We have a 60 acre property that's approx 15 acres pasture and 45 acres woodland. We are a in-progress pick-your-own orchard who are waiting for our trees to grow. There are hiking trails through the property. From our property you can access the town forest, which is about 120 more acres of hiking trails. At the far end of the town forest is Great Brook Trail which is a beautiful walking trail that follows a babbling brook. All of this is accessible by from our property without having to go on public roads.
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Camp Derti

7 sites 路 Tents10 acres 路 Northwood, NH
Learn more about this land: At Camp Derti you will staying in the back yard of Derti Development. You will be provided a tent platform along the flowing creek in our communal camp area. We encourange campers to socialize and interact with others, there is one large communal fire pit and grill. Wood and propane are provided at no additional cost. Included with your stay, you will recieve 1 Day Pass for 1 person to our indoor obstacle course gym and 3 outdoor obstacle courses where you can test your human abilities or take it to the level of Challenging yourself to earn some swag. Additional passes can be purchased upon arrival聽for $25 (ages 14 and over) and $10 (ages 7-13).聽Our Obstacle Courses are best for kids ages 7 and up.
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Souhegan Shores

2 sites 路 RVs, Tents21 acres 路 Merrimack, NH
Camp alongside the tree lined bank of the Souhegan River. Fall to sleep to the sound of river flowing over the rocks up stream. In season, enjoy the swimming hole 100 feet from your campsite. Site-1 is located under the trees adjacent to a 3 acre meadow and Christmas Tree farm. Camp above the bank of the Souhegan River in the shade of white pine and shag bark hickory and listen to the river tumble over the ledges upstream. In season, enjoy the swimming hole 100 feet from your campsite. On the other side of the fence is a pasture where two horses graze. If you don't like friendly dogs then you'll be better off on site 2 where we can better keep our dog Wilson from dropping in to visit. He loves people too much not to want to greet folks on Site 1. Site-2 is located at the downstream end of the property and is completely private. You'll see nothing from your site but trees and the river. If you or your dog don't like dogs, this is the site you want. It's far easier to keep Wilson away from this corner of the property. The other side of the river is town conservation land so the only people you're likely to see will be passing by in canoes or kayaks. In the dry season, this is a great place to start a float trip and you'll likely have the next 1.5 miles all to yourself since the rapids upstream become unpassable in late July and August. Now that TENTRR has gone bankrupt, Site 2 is available year round. If NH gets clobbered by snow, just check ahead to ensure your host has finished plowing the access road.
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Welcome to The Wolf Swamp!

14 sites 路 RVs, Tents52 acres 路 Canterbury, NH
The property used to be part of the old Johanson farm, it was a 200 acre dairy farm a hundred years ago. when the State put in the highway (I-93) in 1961 it split the farmland in half. So now there are a hundred acres on each side of the Highway. The old stagecoach road which runs through the property from Canterbury Station to Northfield Station is now part of the main trails system. The early Pony Express riders dubbed the swamp on the land "Wolf Swamp", because there were many reports of riders seeing Wolves in the Swamp. The property is very open, although the sites are very spread out and secluded for ultimate privacy. There are several great hiking trails on the property, also used by local mountain bikers and Horseback Riding. Occasionally there will be an ATV or Dirt Bike passing through. We are located in the Heart of the local Trail system. There are several great places to swim and Kayak or Canoe literally around the corner. There are also lots of great local attractions close by, many that have Farm Stores, Shops, Homemade Gifts, Breads, Pies, Cheeses and we even have a few local Breweries. There is something for everyone, just ask and we will point you in the Right Direction.
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The best camping near Pawtuckaway State Park guide

Overview

About

Swimming and paddling in the 803-acre Lake Pawtuckaway are the favorite activities of most visitors to Pawtuckaway State Park. But this New Hampshire park鈥檚 5,500 acres offer a variety of opportunities for adventure, from hiking and mountain biking through oak and hemlock forest and a large boulder field, to spotting beavers, great blue herons, turtles, waterfowl and even (with luck) moose in and around the wetland. The 192-site Pawtuckaway Campground is open from mid-May through mid-October and is suitable for tents, trailers, campers and RVs, although there are no hookups.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  1. As this park can get very busy, booking in advance is recommended, especially on summer weekends and holidays.
  2. Bookings can easily be secured online or by phone, up to 11 months in advance.
  3. The campground has 10 sites that are kept available on a first-come, first-served basis.

When to go

The big attraction at the park is the lake but summer visitors who want to enjoy it should aim to arrive early (especially on weekends and holidays) as the beach area closes as soon as it reaches capacity (often by mid-morning in peak times). Parking reservations for both the hiking and beach area can be made up to 30 days in advance. The park is open-year round but note that facilities may be closed out of season.

Know before you go

  • There is a fee to enter the park. In the off season, when the entrance is unstaffed, use the self-service iron ranger.
  • Canoe and kayak rentals are available from the camp store.
  • Pets are welcome on hiking trails year-round but not in the camping or beach area during the summer season.

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