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How to Pick the Best Campsite Keene NH

Having a wonderful camping experience is not completely out of your hands. A good stay at a campground starts with choosing the right campsite for your family. Having a wonderful camping experience is a combination of factors. Some of those are providential, and a few are completely out of your hands. Luckily, there are some you can control. It's impossible to control the weather, but you can keep track of it and update your gear as conditions dictate.

Swanzey Lake Camping Area
(603) 352-9880
Swanzey, NH
Campground Availability
1-May thru 1-Nov
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Family Camp, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Grocery, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Hall, Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, Lake Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Play Equipment, Horseshoes, Golf Nearby

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Forest Lake Campground, Inc*
(603) 239-4267
331 Keene Rd
Winchester, NH
Campground Availability
May 01-Oct 01
Services
Control Access Gate, Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Portable Dump
Policies
Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Hall, Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, Lake Fishing, Putting Green, Playground, Shuffle Board Court, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Tennis, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field

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Brattleboro North-KOA
(800) 562-5909
Brattleboro, VT
Campground Availability
Mid Apr thru Early Nov
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Portable Dump, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Accomodates Big Rigs, Family Camp, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Grocery
Recreation
Rec Room, Coin Games, Pool, Playground, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field

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Monadnock SP
(603) 532-8862
Jaffrey, NH
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Limited Grocery
Recreation
Pavilion, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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Greenfield SP
(603) 547-3497
Greenfield, NH
Campground Availability
mid May thru Columbus Day
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Limited Grocery
Recreation
Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, Lake Fishing, Pond Fishing, Playground, Hiking Trails

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Shir-Roy Camping Area*
(603) 239-4768
100 Athol Rd (Rte 32)
Richmond, NH
Campground Availability
Memorial Day weekend-Columbus Day
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Groceries
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Coin Games, Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, Lake Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field

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Laurel Lake Campground
(603) 585-3304
Fitzwilliam, NH
Campground Availability
Mid May thru Mid Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Family Camp, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Limited Grocery
Recreation
Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, Lake Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Play Equipment, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field

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Hinsdale Campground*
(603) 336-8906
29 Pine St
Hinsdale, NH
Campground Availability
Apr 01-Oct 31
Services
Control Access Gate, Escort to Site, Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Equipped Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, Wading Pool, Play Equipment, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Hiking Trails

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Seven Maples Campground
(603) 525-3321
Hancock, NH
Campground Availability
Early May thru Mid Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Control Access Gate, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Limited Grocery, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Coin Games, Pool, Canoeing, Kayaking, Pond Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Shuffle Board Court, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Golf Nearby

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Woodmore Family Campground & RV Park
(603) 899-3362
Rindge, NH
Campground Availability
Early May thru Late Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Control Access Gate, Escort to Site, Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Grocery, LP Gas by Weight
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, Lake Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Tennis, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby

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How to Pick the Best Campsite

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Camping Life Corner: How to Choose the Best Campsite




How to Pick the Best Campsite
Tips and tricks to help you get the best site for your money
By Stuart Bourdon

Having a wonderful camping experience is a combination of factors. Some of those are providential, and a few are completely out of your hands. Luckily, there are some you can control. It's impossible to control the weather, but you can keep track of it and update your gear as conditions dictate. And the campground may not always offer many choices, depending upon its size and reservation level. Sometimes you just have to go with the flow and enjoy. The good news—with proper planning, quick and accurate assessment in the field, and some flexibility, you should be able to find just the right spot in any campground.

Private and public campgrounds both have a place on the outdoor destination roster. Which you choose often has to do with your style of camping. Private campgrounds (KOA, Jellystone, etc.) offer a more controlled and manicured park-like atmosphere where the focus is often on activities (movie nights for kids) and recreational facilities (pools, etc.) inside the campground, and are more likely to have full RV-camping amenities (power, water, sewer hookups). Public campgrounds (state parks, national parks and forests, Army Corps of Engineers) tend to deliver a wilder, less controlled experience, and activity and recreation are typically more outdoor-oriented (trail hiking, fishing, boating), and are less likely to provide power and sewer hookups.

Either way, you can improve your chances of an enjoyable, rewarding stay by paying heed to some simple guidelines.

Plan Ahead When Choosing a Campground

An advanced reservation is suggested for any campground, public or private, and for many, it's a must. If you make your reservation online that's fine, it's convenient and almost all campgrounds—public and private—offer online reservations now. Before you do, though, make a point of contacting someone (forest ranger or park manager) by phone (best) or e-mail (second best) to ask questions about the lay of the land. Have a campground map (most have one online) and orient it so you know which direction is North, East, South and West.

When making considering a campground, think about whether it's down in a valley, on top of a ridge, or half-way in between. Campgrounds down in the bottom of deep canyons and valleys can be colder during the day (especially in the morning) because of the lack of sun, and can be damp and subject to ground fog. Ridge top sites can be more exposed to weather extremes and make for a cold blustery camp. Sometimes finding a spot in the middle is best. One that's also sheltered from the wind, but exposed to morning sun, would make it the perfect find in our book.

Ask questions such as: Which way does the prevailing wind blow? Does it chance direction from morning to evening? Where are the trees and other prominent fea...

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