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Overview of Sugarloaf One Campground

Sugarloaf One Campground is one of two campgrounds in the White Mountain National Forest near the Zealand Valley in New Hampshire. This campground is managed by the US Forest Service and offers a rustic camping experience close to some of the area's beautiful hiking trails and natural attractions.

Camping Information

Season: Sugarloaf One Campground is typically open from mid-May through mid-October, although these dates can vary based on weather and other conditions.

Reservations: Sugarloaf One is primarily a first-come, first-served campground. However, it's advisable to check the latest information on the White Mountain National Forest website or with local ranger stations for any updates on reservation policies.

Sites: The campground has a number of tent and RV sites, but no hookups are available. Sites are equipped with a picnic table, fire ring, and parking spot. The campground is known to be less crowded than some others in the area, providing a quieter experience.

Facilities and Amenities:

  • Potable water is typically available via hand pumps or spigots.
  • There are vault toilets on-site, but no showers.
  • Trash collection is provided; campers are advised to keep their sites clean to avoid attracting wildlife.
  • Pets are usually allowed but must be kept on a leash and supervised at all times.

Activities in the Area

Hiking: There are numerous hiking trails accessible from the Sugarloaf One Campground, including Mount Sugarloaf Trail, which offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains.

Wildlife Viewing: The area is home to a host of wildlife, so bring binoculars for a chance to see birds, deer, and maybe even moose.

Water Activities: Nearby streams and rivers offer opportunities for fishing and wading, though any fishing activities will require a New Hampshire fishing license.

Scenic Drives: The campground is an excellent starting point for scenic drives through the White Mountain National Forest, with the Kancamagus Highway being a popular nearby route.

Important Tips and Regulations

  • Firewood: Transporting firewood into New Hampshire from outside the state is discouraged due to the threat of invasive species. Buy local firewood or gather what is dead and down.

  • Food Storage: To protect against bears and other wildlife, use bear-proof containers or store all food and scented items in your vehicle when not in use.

  • Leave No Trace: Following Leave No Trace principles is critical in preserving the natural beauty of the area.

  • Quiet Hours: Respect quiet hours, usually from 10 PM to 6 AM.

  • Permits and Fees: There is typically a nightly fee for camping. Senior and Access pass discounts may be available. Check if any additional permits are required for your activities.

Getting There

The campground's address can be used for GPS navigation, and it's generally reachable from major roads in the region. Be prepared for mountain driving conditions, and check road statuses before your trip, especially during early and late seasons when closures are possible due to snow.

Contact Information

Before heading to Sugarloaf One Campground, it's recommended to contact the White Mountain National Forest for the most current information:

  • Phone: Obtain the current contact number from the official website or information centers.
  • Website: Visit the official White Mountain National Forest website for updates, alerts, and detailed information.

Remember, conditions and availability can change, so it's always best to check with the US Forest Service for the latest updates before planning your trip to Sugarloaf One Campground.

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