Campton Campground

Thornton, New Hampshire

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Overview

Campton Campground is a large and accommodating facility near the southern edge of White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire. With many kid-friendly activities nearby such as hiking and nature programs, the campground is especially popular with families. It is convenient to U.S. Highway 93, which travels through the middle of the state, and is just two hours from Boston.

The White Mountains boast pristine forests, clear mountain streams and rivers and the tallest peaks in the Northeast. The forest encompasses nearly 800,000 acres in New Hampshire and western Maine, and is one of the most popular in the country.

Recreation

The White Mountains are a favorite among hikers. Many miles of hiking and mountain biking trails are within a short drive of the campground. Within the facility, nature programs are available on Saturday nights in July and August.

Anglers can cast a line for brook trout, pickerel, brown bullhead and yellow perch in the pond and river. No power boats are permitted on the pond.

Facilities

This is a large facility with many types of campsites that accommodate a variety of camping preferences. Despite its size, campsites are spaced well-apart. Restrooms, drinking water and hot showers (coin-operated) are provided.

Sites 33-58 are near the flush toilets.

Natural Features

The campground lies amidst a beautiful thick forest of white pine and northern hardwoods that provide plenty of shade. The 30-acre Campton Pond and Mad River are close by.

The White Mountains are home to many species of northern wildlife, including moose, white-tailed deer and black bear. Almost 200 species of birds, including the rare Bicknell's Thrush, live in the forest.

Nearby Attractions

Families who need a break from the woods can explore miniature golf, a water sports park, train rides and gondolas in nearby towns.

The White Mountains region hosts four alpine and five nordic ski areas, which provide year-round recreation opportunities such as skiing, hiking, mountain biking, outdoor concerts, interpretive trails, special events and regional and national skiing and snowboarding races.

The area also contains 1,200 miles of hiking trails, including 160 miles of the famous Appalachian Trail.

Learn more about recreation in the national forest.

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