This park is clean and quiet. Sites were easy to back into even with new 5th, if you stay on right hand side of park. Sites are a little closer together than some of the other Federal Parks we have visited. Lots of hiking nearby, direct connect or short drive. We will definitely be back. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We camped here for 5 nights (10/1-10/6, 2005). Our site (#29) was on a small peninsula right on Conway Lake which was a great spot for our 18' TT. We saw loons, a heron & ducks on the lake. The CG was maybe 30% full due to the time of year we visited. We enjoyed our stay very much & would not hesitate to return. There were 2 potential drawbacks I can mention - 1 major, 1 minor (depending on your point of view). The minor drawback was that the access & interior roads, as well as the sites themselves, were all dirt/gravel. I imagine this is due to the shaded nature of the CG. This was not a problem for us as the weather was fantastic the days we were there; if it was rainy, I could see where this could be a problem. The potentially major drawback was that the restrooms & bath house were not heated. If you needed to use these facilities & it was cold in the Spring or Fall, it might cause some problems. For those who use their own facilities, it's no big deal. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We loved the campground! It was small and the sites were a bit unlevel but the staff
were so nice and the lake was beautiful. The staff kept the bathrooms clean. The weekend tended to get crowded but during the week it was empty. The location was great. It was close to many attractions, including Storyland for the little ones. We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
We returned here for the long weekend and fair. The campground had a major flood from Irene so the park still had evidence of severe flooding. However, big kudos to re-opening and managing to get back to normal. The campground has numerous sites and the draw is that the campground is family friendly and located near all the major attractions of the valley. The management was very pleasant and even with a full campground it was fairly quiet after 10PM. We would visit again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a campground, not an RV park. Lots of families, tents, popups, travel trailers and campfires. I would use the word "unkempt" to describe the property. Interior roads are mostly dirt with some very rough paved stretches. Nice location on the beautiful Saco River. Convenient to North Conway and area shopping and attractions. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Not a pleasant experience for us. Bathrooms and showers were dirty and one day had no hot water. The sites are one on top of each other. Lots of kids and in some cases 2-3 families sharing 1 site. Didn't quiet down till 11 or 12 at night. The neighbor's fire rings were right next to our trailer and the smoke came right into the trailer. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This campground is all about the location. It makes a great base camp to do things in the MVW area. However, if you want to "camp" and do things at the campground, this is probably not the place for you as there is little to do. The playground is very old and not young kid friendly, the store was not open when we stayed (late June), laundry is in the arcade. If you need firewood, be prepared, they charge $6 for a bag of 6 small logs. Pool is very small and I imagine during peak times must be very crowded. We will stay here again when we come to the area as all we are looking for is a base camp and spend the majority of our time not at camp. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Camped there for the weekend. There was to much noise and a lot of drinking all night long which kept us awake. As for security they seemed like they did not want to respond to situation. Would not camp there again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Once again this campground is all about location and for that reason we gave the campground a 7. You are close to it all. Outlet shopping, golf courses, and the downtown North Conway. If you took away the location we would score this campground a 5. The campground has made significant changes with regards to the covered awnings and their electrical work. They moved the awnings some 12 feet away from the camper so that you can open your awning. However, by moving their awnings they also moved their electrical outlets some 15-20 feet away from our unit. Bring a long extension cord. Bathrooms were cleaned throughout the day and the showers were free. The WiFi signal was intermittent throughout the weekend. Not that I go camping to watch TV, but our site did not have cable TV and our antennae only picked up on 2 channels. If you use the campground as a hub and like to do things in the area, this campground is just the place. If you are looking for a campground to keep you busy with activities, this is not the place. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
I gave this campground a rating of 7 only because of the layout of the campsite. This campground is very close to all major attractions in the greater Conway area. The foliage was great! The campground had a little of everything (shaded/ open field / river side/ etc). Every site has a small pavilion that covers each picnic table. However, I was not able to open the awning as the site was not big enough due to the pavilion. The electrical for the site was on the opposite side of the camper and connected up by the roof of the pavilion. A little inconvenient! The bathrooms and showers were clean. Campground has a large playground and arcade for the kids. Store was well appointed with all the necessities. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
There had been a lot of rain and part of the pull thru area was flooded. The staff was friendly and helpful. There was a field next to the campground with a path that was nice to walk the dogs. We had good water pressure there. We would stay there again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Overall, not a bad place. Entrance road was paved but pretty rough. Thankfully, it is also short. Office staff was okay. WiFi is said to be available but was not working during our stay. Gravel sites required some leveling. Water quality was good but pressure was erratic. Store only open on request, but this may be due to it being early in the season. There were not many campers here at the time. Some of the wooded sites seemed a little tight, we stayed in the center open area. The two sand beaches along the Saco river were clean. No escort to site but they were well marked. Within two miles of Conway and shopping. Forty minutes to Mt. Washington. There is some road noise but not bad. We would probably check out some other campgrounds in the area before deciding to stay here again. It does appear that they are doing some improvements to the place. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We returned here this year and wanted to post another review based on some changes. The previous owners have sold the campground, and it is now owned by someone with no previous experience in running a campground. While this is not a bad thing I can say that it is obvious the camp suffered some between changes in ownership. The roads had gullies and standing water 1-2' deep in some areas, this is unacceptable as a quick use of a front loader and some gravel could fix this. The "new" bath house seems half-finished with just paint on the wood floor and no clean wall surface (just raw wood). Also, no visible site of a night crew keeping parties down and enforcing quiet hours like my previous posting. Also, the beach had many cans and trash on it. I hate to see this place go down the tube as we have family camped here for years, but the truth is the truth. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Great family campground. Both open and shady sites to suit everyones preference. Hayrides on a fire truck and two weekly ice cream socials. Lots of area for kids to run and play. Thousands of feet of river front for all activities. River flow cannot be controlled by the park is rises and falls depending on time of year and is the same for everyone on the river. Fishing is good when the river is up. Owners are wonderful. Nice workampers that want to help any way they can. Gates are locked after 11 pm as noted by and earlier poster, but can be opened to allow late entry by request. Security is out until 3 am and will open the gate for you. Same in the morning, when I asked for early exit, they opened the gate for me. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We camped here last year during our first trip up to New Hampshire and were very disappointed in the accommodations. Upon arrival, the office staff was fairly unfriendly, and didn't seem to want to be bothered by our questions about the area. They directed us back to our site, and it was nothing more than a dirt rut in the middle of an empty field. Within a few days we were surrounded by other campers stuck in their own ruts. There are no trees in the 'pull-through' area, just rotted picnic tables chained to concrete anchors, electric pole panels and rusted tire rims as campfire rings. We noticed a lot of the sites don't have sewer, so there were campers being packed up to have their tanks dumped and then driven back again (no honey dipper service?). People were playing in the activity field, but not in organized activities, so there were balls all over the place and people tripping over each other constantly. The river wasn't more than a trickle, and my husband spent 2 hours on the shore with our teen son watching for at least 1 fish to go by, but noting ever swam through. Pets aren't allowed, except for in the late fall, even though there was nothing there that deserves that rule. And the speed bump in and out completely tore apart our kitchen plumbing; we're lucky we didn't bottom out the hitch. The store was very small, and the rec hall wasn't a hall. There is a gate that locks you in or out, and if you miss 'curfew' or you want to leave early to travel, you can't get in or out. Overall, it was a bad experience and though the location was good, we definitely wouldn't go to this campground again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Great park for families who are interested in relaxing and having large sites where there is good seperation between campers with shade/trees. Most of the sites are 20amp and they seem to be upgrading to 30/50amp in the premium sites. Each site has a "lean-too" which makes for a great place to eat with the picknick table. They have a nice beach area on the river and offer canoe/kayak day trips that end at their campground. They are near all of the White Mountian National Forest attractions and North Conway shopping. Very friendly staff and the owners are on site almost all the time. On the downside for some is that they have very little "planned" activities - I think they let the surrounding attractions sell themselves as most people visit Echo Lake, North Conway Seneic Railroad and such for "activities." The bathrooms are dated but are stocked/cleaned daily from what I can see after a few visits. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This is one of our favorite National Forest Campgrounds in the White Mountains along the Kancamagus. There are flush toilets and pay showers and the sites are big with lots of trees. It is a great place to ride a bike and it is along the Swift River. It is near the Russell-Colbath National Historic Place an 1830 homestead that you can walk too. When we were there, the new barn had fiddlers performing all through the day. There a few places to walk down to the river and some have a great place to swim in the summer. There is hiking near by and the whole highway is great for visiting with waterfalls, hiking and just relaxing. There are a number of campground hosts. They do not take reservations here but the campground fills up fast and is hard to get into in the summer. It is almost in the middle of this great highway and when the leaves are turning it is spectacular. We camped here in a 25 foot motor home and it was $19 a night and half for golden age. It is not open during the winter. All of these National Forest campgrounds are on a self-pay system so make sure you have the exact change to put into the envelope. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is another National Forest campground in the White Mountains. I love this campground. The sites are huge and private with a lot of tall trees. There is a river that runs in the back of the campground and one can walk to it (very close to some sites)and swim in the summer. Big groups are welcome here and it is still very quiet. It is on the Kancamagus Highway with river swimming, hiking and beauty. One can drive to the Old Man in the Mountain (which is not there anymore) or to North Conway for shopping and food in less than an hour. The golden age pass is accepted here with 50% off camping fees. They were not accepting reservations and generally you don't need them except for some busy weekends in the summer. This might change since there are a number of National Forests Campgrounds in this area that are taking reservations now so check online at the National Forest website. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Campground is in the forest immediately adjacent to the Kangamagus Highway. Most if not all are back-in only and the "driveways" are pretty narrow. Campground itself was quite spacious however, with a picnic table and fire grate as the amenities. Couldn't enjoy these due to the clouds of mosquitos on a warm, rainy day. No showers or flush toilets, just a couple of outhouses (which we didn't use) and potable water spigots on the loop road in the camp. For these "higher end" amenities, RVers on the Kangamagus need to stay at the Jigger Johnson Campground ten minutes down the road. All in all, we got our twenty dollars worth for a night's dry camping amid the tall pines. Doubt that we'll be back. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This was our first visit to Passaconaway. It is another National Forest campground along the famous Kancamagus in the White Mountains. There are no hookups or showers but some of the sites are along the Swift River. There are about 32 sites in the woods and some are just beautiful with the tall trees. It is a quiet campground with a host. It is so close to Jigger Johnson, that one can drive there to use the showers which are pay. This campground is not open in the winter, but it fills up in the summer after Jigger Johnson is full. There are campers that prefer this campground to Jigger Johnson. We camped here in a 25 foot motor home in the fall of 2006 and did not have problems getting in. It costs about $17 a night. All of these National Forest campgrounds are on a self-pay system so make sure you have the exact change to put into the envelope. We camped here in a Motorhome.