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Saco River Camping Area

North Conway,NH

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Located on North Conway's infamous "Strip", the Saco River Camping Area offers a pleasant respite from the area's hustle and bustle. The Saco River flows right by the campground, offering great summer recreation in the form of swimming, tubing, canoing and kayaking. Mountain climbing/hiking, golf, restaurants, and, of course, all those outlet shops are nearby.

Tel 603 356-3360

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Entering the campground, the office is the first building you come to. First impressions count - buildings and grounds are all well-maintained.

Most recent visit: Sept 2014

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We arrived about noon on a Friday in mid-September. We didn't have a reservation, but that wasn't a problem. The friendly staff quickly had us on our way to our assigned site, 34.

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But seeing a lot of other nicer empty sites, we went back to the office to ask if we might move. They were very helpful and gave us a list of available sites from which to choose. We decided we liked site 102, a corner site with some shade, but looking out over a large open area.

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On a previous visit in May of 2006, we were on site 14. Pairs of the pull-through sites share the utility post, so when busy and all sites are occupied, rigs will be parked in alternating directions. The main disadvantage of this is that it puts the picnic table and firepit right beside your neighbor - not so much privacy when sitting out.

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One row of sites is located along the bank of the river.

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Although most sites are shaded, this shows that they are not dark and dreary.

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There are two playground areas in the campground, so the kids can have a great time. In the distance is one of the two very clean bathhouses. There are also horse-shoe pits, volleyball and basketball courts, and a softball field.

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Don't have a camping rig? Not a problem - there are two lean-to shelters available.

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Another view of typical sites.

Most sites have full hookups (W/E/S/TV). A free wi-fi system is also available.

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In the back of the campground are a number of tent and popu sites with water and electric hookups

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In 2014 a new area was developed with 24 sites with water and electric hookups.

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There is a small swimming pool located in the field near the office.

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Here's the second bathhouse - very clean.

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New since our 2007 visit are two cabins that can be rented.

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Right across the road from our site (102) are a bocce court and horseshoe pits. I carry a set of horseshoes in our RV and went over to toss a few, hoping perhaps I could rustle up a game - no takers, though.

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You can rent some interesting gadgets: low-slung speedy tricycles and treadle-style scooters. The kids seemed to really have a great time with them.

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Well, I've never seen one of these before. This giant motorized grocery cart takes campers for rides in the evening.

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The campground abuts an Audubon Society reservation, which offers some pleasant walking along the river. Word of caution: check for ticks when you get back to your rig. We picked up several the afternoon we walked the trail.

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A view of the Saco River along the path. I grew up in North Conway and spent many a summer's day swimming in the Saco.

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There's a large pavilion located by the river. The CG also offers a safari area for groups.

Amenities

 Dump station, showers

Wi-fi

Coordinates: 44.020203 N, 71.118884 W

Elevation: 456'

 Activities/Attractions

Kayaking, canoeing, swimming, hiking

Conway Scenic Railroad

Outlet shops

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