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COLD RIVER, NH

Status: Closed through Thu May 22 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Cold River Campground is located in a rustic, remote part of White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire, about 15 miles north of Fryeburg, Maine. It is a small facility with access to hiking and mountain biking trails and proximity to a small pond for fishing and canoeing.

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.

Natural Features:

The campground is in a pleasant mixed hardwood and pine forest, a short distance from Evans Brook and the 23-acre Basin Pond.

The national forest is 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 White Mountains.

Recreation:

The 4.5-mile Basin Trail leaves from nearby Basin Campground. Numerous other hiking and mountain biking trails lie within a short drive, including those in the Caribou Speckled Mountain Wilderness.

Trout fishing is available in Basin Pond. The pond's calm waters are also ideal for canoeing.

Learn more about recreation in the national forest.

Facilities:

Cold River is a small facility with campsites organized around one loop. Accessible restrooms and a hand pump for water are provided. Picnic areas are nearby. There are no showers or a dump station.

Nearby Attractions:

The towns of Fryeburg, Gilead and Stow, Maine have groceries, restaurants, gas and other conveniences.

Campers might enjoy a scenic day trip to the Presidential Range, which consists of the tallest mountains in the forest, including the 6,288-ft. Mount Washington, the highest peak north of the Smoky Mountains and east of the Mississippi River.

The area 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.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Vault Toilets
  • Biking
  • Boating
  • Campfire Rings
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Picnic Tables
Know Before You Go
  • Because of its potential to carry invasive insects that destroys forests, absolutely no firewood is allowed from outside of New Hampshire or Maine; Leave firewood at home, use local sources and burn it on-site: More information
  • Must bring confirmation to campground; must post confirmation letter and reservation information in fee envelope upon check-in
  • No switching sites upon arrival
  • This facility has first-come, first-served sites
  • Maximum two vehicles per site
  • Campsite fee includes parking for one vehicle; second vehicle fee of $5 per night will be collected upon arrival
  • White Mountain National Forest website
  • Don't move firewood: To limit the spread of invasive tree-killing pests, firewood from outside the area is not permitted. Some states have quarantines and may confiscate your firewood. Please help protect our forests from invasive species by obtaining your firewood at or near your camping destination and burning it on-site. Visit don'tmovefirewood.org for more information.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
44.26444, -71.01333
44°15'52"N, 71°0'48"W

From Fryeburg, Maine, take Highway 113 north 15 miles to the campground.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

COLD RIVER
WHITE MOUNTAIN
NH

Phone Number:

Information: (603)447-2166
Phone Saco Ranger District for More Information: Information: (603) 447-5448