Looking to head to the Green Mountains or White Mountains mid July

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  1. Spridle

    Spridle Well-Known Member

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    Title says it all. We have a few thoughts, but right now we are leaning towards finding a 4 day or so trip to the White Mountains. If I remember from some previous posts on this, most stuff is on the eastern side of the WMs, making for 350 to 400+ mile drive for us from the general Allentown area of PA. So White Mountains is the goal, but I may opt for the Green Mountains and maybe a day trip to the WMs.

    We stayed at Moandock (spelling?). a couple years ago in the Green Mountains and it was great. I would go back. But I'm open to other suggestions if you have them.

    Swimming options would be great and preferably electric sites.

    Thanks in advance for any tips.
     
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    1380ken Well-Known Member

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    I am camping next week at Green Meadow camping area. They have showers open and some of the bathrooms. The pool is closed. Right down the street from Mt Washington
     
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    About 7 years ago I went to the white mountains. At The time every park near the mountain was booked so I stayed at Franconia Notch State Park, New Hampshire
    That had one spot open. So I took day trips around the area or just hiked the gorge where I was staying. I had an absolute superb trip and wished I had more than three nights to stay. I took the auto road up to the white mountains or rather I cheated and had the tour van take me as my car breaks were acting funky and didn’t want to risk it. So glad I did though as the weather turned and I got to experience a taste of the fabled “worlds worst weather”. The tour guide knew the mountain and road and had no problems where as all the other cars that made it half way were forced to pull over as you could cut the fog with a knife it was so thick. The further you made it up the worst the wind blew to push you off the mountain. I wish I got to see the views, but honestly it was actually quite cool to experience the crazy weather the mountain can see. I hiked the gorge which was stunning to experience and played at Loon Mountain. Never been to the Green Mountains, but that is on my bucket list. The trip to the white mountains was actually a part four of my New England Trip. It was a combination of, PA, RI, ME, NH back home to VA. Good luck and I look forward to reading how your trip went. :)
     
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    Have a great time. I stayed near Mt Washington a few years back. Beautiful area.
     
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    We stayed at Dry River campground in Crawford Notch a few years ago. Centrally located to many things, campground is nice with showers and laundry, sites well spaced. I would highly recommend it.
     
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    I feel like your post showed up when I searched here earlier today.

    the mountain drive story brings back memories. My grandparents had a cabin in the WV mountains and the "driveway" was really just an old logging trail. Parts of it were on an incline and just bare rock. Getting up and down that mountain and in and out the lane made for some memorable trips.
     
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    I'm not sure I want to recommend an actual campground, as tastes vary so much. I might be talked into mentioning a few via pm. We live about an hour south of the White Mountains in NH, and camp there a bunch of times per year. Last season, we spent about a month camping in the Whites. I would be happy to recommend some touristy stuff to do while in NH if you want to give some idea of what you would be into. Some things are just a 'must see' if you are only coming here once or twice in your life. I have no issue with the Green Mountains in Vermont. It is an absolutely beautiful state. But, let's be realistic here...……. Vermont has, what …. 5, 4000+ foot mountains, and New Hampshire has 48. There just is no comparison.[:D]

    Oh, as far as what part of the state to camp in, I would probably break it into two areas..... about 40 miles apart. Either is a scenic drive from the other, easily done as day trips. On the eastern side is North Conway and the surrounding area. More tourist friendly, in my opinion. On the Western side is the Lincoln / Woodstock area, which Is just south of Franconia Notch. Both equally beautiful areas, but both a little different. North Conway is a bit more built up, with a lot more shops, restaurants, outlet stores , etc.
     
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    I appreciate that very much. We tend to do state and national parks and we definitely avoid RV resorts. However, I know that with our preference to now camp with electric, we may need a private campground.

    A nice park, with some nature trails and good campfires and we're good. Day trips are great too. My wife's got an ankle issue so there won't be any major hiking this summer. But we are good for 2 to 3 mile trail walks.

    The park we stayed at near the Green Mountains was Monaduck in NH and that was from a suggestion given here. It was great trip with unexpected surprises. This was in the fall and was just a weekend trip to pick something up that I had bought up there. Drove an hour to find a place for breakfast and my wife asked the waitress for suggestions of things to do. Somehow out of this, with no written directions, my wife guided us off the main roads, down a trail and to a beautiful lake. It was HOT outside, which we never expected and certainly hadn't prepared for. So we all just said screw it and spent the afternoon swimming in our clothes and hanging out with the locals. It was just one of those awesome things that only happens when camping.

    I'm up for making extra mileage to camp in the White Mountains rather than Green, just need to figure out where!
     
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    For a first time visitor to the White's i would absolutely second @Ductape suggestion. Lots to see and enjoy, drive the auto road and the Kanc'!

    Lots of camping in the area, but i typically always camped further north just inside Maine.
     
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    Make sure you visit Willies pond in Crawford Notch. Great place to get lunch or ice cream. Beautiful views.
     
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    I'd love to get up into Maine and Arcadia but so much is still closed. We are considering pushing this off to the first week of August in the hopes that more things are open.
    My wife has been digging around on her own, which surprised me as usually she leaves all but actually picking the camp site up to me. So far everything she's found is booked until next year.
     
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    . I'm thinking that is the problem everywhere. This season is extremely tough getting campsites especially during the weekend. Campground I used to always get a site at are fully booked. The issue I think is because camping is like the only thing open, more and more people are getting out when they normally don't. Sales in campers have jumped from what I was told as well. Good luck
     
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    I bet that you could get a site at the Green Meadow Camping Area. They are a little old fashioned and don't even do online reservations. It is usually never full.
     
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    As of right now, I believe all private campgrounds are only allowed 50% of their overall capacity. I suspect this will change back to 100 % soon, as our Governor appears to want things more back to normal, since we didn't get hit that hard with the Covid-19 as many states.
     
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    Mt Washington has been mentioned here a couple times and in my opinion , it's a 'must see' while in NH.

    Three ways to the summit are hike (not recommended for most), the auto road, and The Cog.

    Driving up the auto road is definitely an experience. If your vehicle has an automatic transmission, you'll want to make sure it will hold first gear. You will use first gear a lot coming down. Also, make sure your brakes are in excellent condition. There are a few pull off areas where you can stop and let your brakes cool... don't be afraid to use them. It's not uncommon to see cars in the pull off areas with smoke billowing from the brakes. It is steep and narrow near the top, and there are no guard rails.
    https://mt-washington.com/

    If your vehicle isn't in great condition, consider riding up in one of the Mount Washington Auto Road's shuttles. It's a good way to concentrate on the views instead of the driving.

    The Cog Railway is also pretty amazing.... in operation since 1869.More recently, they have switched to locomotives that run on bio-diesel, but the first run of the day is still done with a steam locomotive. Either way, I recommend making reservations to ensure you have a seat.
    https://www.thecog.com/

    No matter how you get to the summit, bring a coat ! Mt Washington is home to some extreme weather. It may be 90 degrees at your campsite, but only 45 degrees at the summit. If you do decide to go up Mt Washington, I would watch the weather and try to go up on the clearest day in the forecast. The views are absolutely spectacular on a clear day.
     
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    Since you have a long drive, I'd probably recommend staying somewhere toward Lincoln / Woodstock / Franconia Notch. It will save you over an hour of driving vs. staying in the North Conway area. Here are just a handful of things to do and see in that area:

    Visit the Lost River
    https://www.lostrivergorge.com/

    Take a drive across the Kancamagus Highway, which runs from Lincoln to Conway. In my opinion, this is another 'must see'. There are several easy hikes as well as attractions such as Rocky Gorge and the Lower Falls. Several very scenic areas to pull off and drink in the scenery.
    https://kancamagushighway.com/

    There are so many things to see around Franconia Notch, it would be hard to list them all. Take in The Flume
    https://www.nhstateparks.org/visit/state-parks/flume-gorge

    A short walk to The Basin.
    https://www.cannonmt.com/things-to-do/activities/the-basin

    Take in the incredible views from Cannon Mountain via the tram.
    https://www.cannonmt.com/things-to-do/attractions/tram

    Get lunch or dinner at the Woodstock Inn and Brewery.
    https://www.woodstockinnbrewery.com/

    Zipline at Alpine Adventures
    https://alpinezipline.com/
     
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    Take a drive over to North Conway and spend some time.

    Shop the Settler's Green outlet stores (NO sales tax in NH !)
    https://www.settlersgreen.com/

    Take drive up to the top of Cathedral Ledge and take in the views of Mt Washington valley


    Have a meal at the Muddy Moose
    http://muddymoose.com/

    Take a train ride on the Conway Scenic Railroad. Check the schedule for when their steam locomotive is running. All rides are great, but the ride to Crawford Station (Crawford Notch) is amazing if you have the time.
    https://www.conwayscenic.com/

    Take the walk to Diana's Baths and dip your feet in the water
    https://northconwaynh.com/dianas-baths/

    Grab a cool treat at Trails End Ice Cream
    https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaur..._Cream-North_Conway_Conway_New_Hampshire.html

    Pick up some farm fresh foods for the campsite at Sherman Farms
    http://www.shermanfarmnh.com/

    Take a canoe,kayak or tube down the Saco River
    https://www.sacobound.com/

    Scenic drive through Crawford Notch. Lots to see and a couple easy hikes to waterfalls.
    https://www.nhstateparks.org/visit/state-parks/crawford-notch-state-park/
    (Great scenic tour from Franconia Notch, then through Crawford Notch.... see North Conway, then back toward Franconia across the Kancamagus Highway [or in the opposite direction]). Keep your eyes open, especially around marshy areas and you may see a moose.

    You can check out several covered bridges while you are here
    https://www.visitnh.gov/things-to-do/attractions/covered-bridges

    I think I'm really just hitting the tip of the iceberg here. I'm sure I'm leaving out tons of things to see while here. These are just suggestions off the top of my head. Honestly, if possible you should spend more than three or four days here.
     
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    [/QUOTE] No matter how you get to the summit, bring a coat ! Mt Washington is home to some extreme weather. It may be 90 degrees at your campsite, but only 45 degrees at the summit. If you do decide to go up Mt Washington, I would watch the weather and try to go up on the clearest day in the forecast. The views are absolutely spectacular on a clear day.[/QUOTE]

    We had a unique experience when we headed up to the top of Mt. Washington a few years ago. Headed up there about 10:30 am and it was already 67 degrees and almost dead calm. I've been up top a few times and have never had weather that good up there. In addition, you could see forever from the top. There was some kind of major High pressure system in place then and the weather was the most awesome I have ever seen up top.
     
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    This is all great stuff! We'll figure out the scheduled and maybe add a day or two.
     
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    Ductape, we go to every place that you mentioned. You forgot Echo lake and Cathedral Ledge.
     
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