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BASIN CAMPGROUND, NH

Status: Closed through Thu May 22 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Basin 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 forest a short distance from 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:

Hikers will enjoy exploring the 4.5-mile Basin Trail, which leaves from campground, and numerous other hiking and mountain biking trails within a short drive.

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

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.

Learn more about recreation in the national forest.

Facilities:

Basin Campground hosts a mix of tent-only and standard sites along a single loop near Basin Pond. Accessible restrooms and drinking water are provided. There are no showers or a dump station.

Nearby Attractions:

The town of Fryeburg, Maine has groceries, restaurants and gas. 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.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Biking
  • Boating
  • Campfire Rings
  • Canoeing
  • Drinking Water
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • 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 or reservation number in fee envelope upon check-in
  • No switching sites upon arrival
  • Maximum two vehicles per site
  • Be bear aware; keep all food out of site in approved containers or locked inside a hard-sided vehicle and remove all food from area after eating
  • 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):
44.2675, -71.02278
44°16'3"N, 71°1'22"W

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

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

BASIN CAMPGROUND
WHITE MOUNTAIN
NH

Phone Number:

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