Camping in New Hampshire is one of the most beloved activities in the state. One of the best ways to camp is along the shores of one of New Hampshire’s many rivers. These riverside campsites aren’t just perfect for swimming, kayaking, and fishing. They also attract wildlife, increasing your chances of seeing some of New Hampshire’s wildlife like moose or deer. From the far north to the White Mountains and the seacoast, here are 8 of the best riverside campsites in the Granite State.
1. Crawford Notch Campground, Heart's Location
Crawford Notch Campground is located right on the banks of one of the most popular rivers in New Hampshire - the Saco. This is a perfect base for a tubing or canoeing adventure that the whole family will love.
2. Lake Francis State Park, Pittsburg
Lake Francis State Park provides some of the most beautiful camping in the great north woods. The park surrounds the Connecticut Lakes, the headwaters of the Connecticut River. Canoes are available for rent, so you'll be able to explore all that beautiful wilderness.
3. Glen Ellis Campground, Glen
Glen Ellis Campground has some of the best riverside camping in the state, with the Saco River and the Ellis River running through the property. You'll love having a fire in one of the many sites with riverside fire pits.
4. Exeter Elms Family Campground, Exeter
Exeter Elms has a mile of riverfront campsites on the Exeter River. You're so close you can tie your canoe in the back yard! With easy access to the seacoast this riverside campground is perfect for your ocean adventure.
5. Jigger Johnson Campground, Conway
Jigger Johnson Campground is right along the Kancamagus Highway, putting visitors in the heart of the White Mountains. The Swift River runs behind the campground, making the perfect place for splashing and exploring.
6. Lost River Valley Campground, North Woodstock
Lost River Valley Campground has dozens of waterfront sites, courtesy of the two rivers running through the property. On one side, Walker Brook runs along, while the other side is bordered by Lost River. For the most riverside experience reserve camp site 94, at the junction of the two rivers.
7. River Meadow Campground, North Haverhill
River Meadow Campground is located in New Hampshire's extreme west, right on the Connecticut River. The River that separates New Hampshire from Vermont provides great kayaking and fishing opportunities.
8. Ashuelot River Campground, Swanzey
This campground just south of Keene offers riverside camping without having to travel too far. The Ashuelot River that boarders the property is great for fishing, and even has sandy banks, perfecting for spending the day on.