View Full Version : Campsite or motel, Please advise!

05-14-2009, 10:44 AM
Hi All!

I'm just a novice here, please give me an advise. I would like to come to the mountain in the end of the June with my wife and my daughter (almost 3 years old). We did not make a decision will we stay with a tent on the some camp site or just in a motel... Please advise me some camp site and motels around the mount of Washington.

I am so appreciate your help!

Thank you very much and best regards!


05-14-2009, 06:31 PM
For camping, I can recommend Moose Brook State Park. It's a little bit up the road from Pinkham, but the grounds are nice and they have hot showers that are well maintained.

Bill O
05-14-2009, 06:53 PM
I think you need to first make a decision on whether you want to camp or stay in a motel. Camping is obviously a fraction of the cost.

Moose Brook and Dolly Copp are the top choices close to Mount Washington trail heads. It is basically car camping with some nice amenities like bathrooms, showers, fire pits and picnic tables.

On the other hand, motels offer showers and bathrooms just feet from your bed, a/c and no bugs.

Another option is to stay at the Joe Dodge Lodge. You can get a private room for 3, but the bathrooms are shared. Meal plans are also available. More than a campground, but less than a motel and a better outdoor experience.

05-14-2009, 10:59 PM
If you don't want a campground, you can try either of these places in Gorham:


(used to live in the 2nd floor apartment in that one)


Jimmy Legs and Little d
05-15-2009, 11:09 AM
Welcome! Check out The Lodge at Jackson Village in Jackson, NH. We've been staying there for the past few years (when we are hiking on that side of the notch) and have been very satisfied with the accomodations, continental breakfast and exceptional owners and staff.:)


05-15-2009, 12:54 PM
We stayed at the Mt Madison for a couple of days last summer and it was quite nice and very reasonable. Bill and Erich already mentioned the popular campsites. For a couple of days my choice would be Joe Dodge Lodge as Bill suggested. It bit pricier but meals are included (you actually can't get a room without meals I don't believe) but it's a fantastic location and right at the main trails. There are also nice sitting rooms with libraries, games, fireplace, etc. Great place to hang out.

Bill O
05-15-2009, 01:04 PM
You can get rooms at Joe Dodge without meals.

Steve M
05-16-2009, 07:16 AM
One thing I haven't seen mentioned here yet are the family campgrounds. The two I have stayed at are the Saco River Campground on Rt 16 in North Conway, NH and the Glen-Ellis Campground also on Rt 16 just past the intersection where 16 and 302 split in Glen, NH. These campgrounds have more to offer small kids. Playgrounds, swimming pools, canoe rentals, as well as full bathing facilities. Personally, I prefer Glen-Ellis because they have more than Saco and it's closer to the mountains but check out these links: