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Overview

Dolly Copp Picnic Pavilion Campground is part of the White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire. It offers a picturesque setting near the Presidential Range with access to many recreational opportunities such as hiking, fishing, wildlife viewing, and scenic drives. Dolly Copp is one of the oldest and most famous campgrounds in the national forest.

Location

The campground is located in the town of Gorham, New Hampshire. It is situated near the base of Mount Washington, the highest peak in the northeastern United States.

Facilities and Amenities

Pavilion: The Dolly Copp Picnic Pavilion provides a group picnic area that can be reserved for events. The pavilion is equipped with picnic tables and grills, perfect for group gatherings and family picnics.

Campground Facilities: Aside from the picnic pavilion, the campground also offers a number of campsites for tents and RVs, though there are no hookups for electricity, water, or sewer. It is essential to be prepared for more primitive camping when staying here.

Restrooms: The campground provides vault toilets. However, running water and shower facilities are not available at all times, so it is advisable to check before your visit.

Drinking Water: Potable water is usually available throughout the campground.

Activities

  • Hiking: The area has numerous trails ranging from easy walks to challenging hikes, including paths that lead to waterfalls and scenic overlooks.
  • Fishing: Nearby rivers and streams offer opportunities for angling.
  • Wildlife Viewing: The forest is home to a variety of wildlife, including moose, bear, and numerous bird species.
  • Scenic Drives: The surrounding area is known for beautiful drives, such as the Mount Washington Auto Road and the Kancamagus Highway.

Reservations and Fees

  • Reservations: Reservations for the picnic pavilion can usually be made in advance through the National Recreation Reservation Service (Recreation.gov). Campsite reservations might also be available, but some sites are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Fees: There are fees for reserving the picnic pavilion and for camping. These fees help maintain the facilities and services within the campground.

Season

The operating season of Dolly Copp Picnic Pavilion Campground typically runs from May through October, but these dates can vary due to weather conditions and snowfall levels. It’s best to check current operating times and availability before planning your visit.

Considerations

  • Bears: The White Mountain National Forest is bear country. Proper food storage and handling are essential to avoid attracting bears.
  • Weather: Weather in the mountains can be unpredictable. Pack for varying conditions and check the forecast before departure.
  • Rules: Familiarize yourself with the campground rules, including quiet hours, pet policies, and fire regulations.
  • Leave No Trace: It is crucial to follow Leave No Trace principles to minimize your impact on the environment.

Remember to always check the most recent information as the status and facilities at the campground can change. The official White Mountain National Forest website or Recreation.gov are good resources for the latest updates.

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