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Status: Closed through Thu May 15 2014   Season Dates


Located along the Swift River and the Kancamagus Scenic Byway, the Russell-Colbath Barn is located at the Russell-Colbath Historic site. It is available for reservation and is ideal for family gatherings, weddings or other community events. The Russell-Colbath Barn offers a unique opportunity for small or large group gatherings in a rustic setting.

Natural Features:

The "Barn" shares the site with visitors to the historic Russell-Colbath House. It is near the Swift River, and is surrounded by mature forest and a mowed clearing


The Swift River and the accessible Rail to Trail hiking trail are accessed from this location. Several other hiking trails are located nearby. Jigger Johnson Campground, with 76 campsites, is adjacent to this site. The historic Russell-Colbath House and cemetery are part of this site and provide a historical background to this nice setting.


The "Barn" will accommodate up to 120 people. There is no fireplace, kitchen, camping on site, or garbage containers. Two picnic tables, two fold-out indoor tables and 75 chairs are provided. Electricity is provided from an on-site generator.

Nearby Attractions:

Local attractions are the Rails to Trails interpretive trail on- site, the nearby Jigger Johnson and Passaconaway Campgrounds, Sabbaday Falls, several hiking trails, and further east, Lower Falls Picnic Area on the Swift River. Further destinations include Attitash Resort, Pinkham Notch, Mt. Washington Cog Railway and Auto Road, and other outdoor attractions.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Drinking Water
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Accessible Parking
  • Accessible Picnic Areas
  • Accessible Picnic Shelters
  • Accessible Sites
  • Accessible Trails
  • Accessible Walkways
  • Birding
  • Cleaning Equipment
  • Day Use Area
  • Drinking Water
  • Electricity
  • Evening Programs
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Fireplace
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets (Seasonal)
  • Historic Sites
  • Interpretive Trails
  • Parking Area
  • Paved Parking
  • Paved Roads
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Shade
  • Tables
  • Tables & Chairs
  • Water
  • Water Access
  • Water Activities
  • Wildlife Viewing
Know Before You Go
  • On Saturdays between July 4 and Labor Day the barn is available for reservations between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. only.

  • A barn key, instructions, and parking passes for the site are to be picked up at the Saco Ranger Station in Conway, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. the day of the reservation. Coordinating with the Ranger Station to obtain these items, and to make other arrangements, is required (see highway address and phone info below)

  • This unheated timber frame barn includes a generator, bathrooms, lighting, 75 chairs and two tables. Additional supplies brought on-site are to be removed at the end of the reservation.

  • Alcohol is not permitted at the site.

  • Amplified music is not permitted.

  • Pets must be on a leash.

  • Parking is for about 15-20 vehicles.

  • The facility should be left clean with all refuse removed.
    • 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):
    43.99556, -71.33722
    43°59'44"N, 71°20'14"W

    The Russell-Colbath Barn is located on the Kancamagus Highway (State Route 112), 12.5 miles west of Conway, New Hampshire. It is just west of Bear Notch Road, in the White Mountain National Forest. The Russell-Colbath Barn is approximately 18 miles east of Lincoln, NH on State Highway 112.

    Contact Information:

    Mailing Address:

    33 Kancamagus Highway
    Conway NH 03818

    Phone Number:

    Information: (603)447-5448