Ashuelot River Campground (SW) New Hampshire
We’ve just returned from a 4 night / 3 day trip at Ashuelot River Campground in southwestern New Hampshire. What a great place with lot’s to do…. or not….. We felt comfortable doing a bit of both. First, this is a mom & pop operation with plenty of local knowledge. Ever been to one of those places and asked, “what’s good in the area? “ and well intentioned staff simply slide you the state / town guides….. you know the ones you just picked up at the last rest stop….. This is far from that. The owner, Chuck Mills is loaded with local info and suggestions on interesting stuff in the area. We went to the office every morning with a few of our “to do’s” Hiking, biking, kayaking and even motorcycle routes. We were never disappointed, from kayaking the Ashuelot River, riding the Ashuelot Rail Trail into Keene, the Covered Bridge Ride, and of course hiking local parks like Chesterfield Gorge and Rhododendron State Park. Mt. Monadnock isn’t far away but we’ve done that before and were looking for new adventures. Chuck gave us great pointers along the way like where to park after launching kayaks so you won’t get towed, how to safely cross Rt 101 using the tunnel… (very fast road) But of course this is also about the campground. Ashuelot River Campground is maintained to park like standards, sites are clean, no debris / trash anywhere. We had a W/S/E site overlooking the rec field. The owner got us to our site and helped back us in and came back later just to see if we needed anything. There are many site types to choose from with a mix of sun / shade, even a bunch right on the river. No tent or camper ?? they have small cottages too. The rec field has a full swing / play set, badminton, volleyball court and open enough for a good ball game. Canoes, kayaks and bicycles are available too, we brought ours so didn’t rent any during our stay. There’s a game room with the usual stuff, pool table, ping pong, bumper pool and a few gumball machines. We had great weather most days so never actually did more than a walkthrough, but a rainy day would probably fill the place. Access to the Rail Trail is directly from the campground and Chuck will ride along with you to ensure you’re heading in the right direction once you reach it. We had the chance to spend a few minutes with the owner each night, he was very interested to see we had a great adventure that day and gave us ideas to consider for the next day. Almost forgot, the camp store is stocked with the usual essentials including ice, & firewood. Important note…. “DRY” firewood….. located just inside the door of the camp store. Frequent campers know about damp / wet or even green firewood…. We were able to enjoy a reasonable fire with little effort thanks to quality firewood. Makes all difference after an active day. We’re usually a “once and done” or “been there, done that” type, but Ashuelot River Campground is a real gem, and we’ve only scratched the surface of stuff to do in the area. We’ll be back again !
Ray & Barb
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