Family camping North of the Notch

There are many things that make New Hampshire a great place to live and raise a family. One of them is the opportunities for amazing vacations so close to home. The state offers a variety of vacation spots and activities. My personal favorite is camping and exploring NH with my family.

My wife an I knew we wanted to go on a family camping trip for vacation, so after I scheduled time off from work, we spent several fruitless hours researching campgrounds in the state. There were just so many to choose from, we couldn’t make a decision. It wasn’t until a friend recommended Crazy Horse Campground in Littleton, NH, that we made a reservation.

The Huffman family campsite

What a great recommendation it was.  From the moment we turned into the campground, we picked up friendly vibes.  The gravel road leading into the camp is lined with witty and amusing signs welcoming weary travelers.  On check-in, we met Barbara and Joe, the camp owners, who were friendly and helpful throughout our stay.  The seasonal campers were also very friendly and my children had plenty of friends during our stay.

Our tent site was wooded and private and had a fire ring, picnic table and grill (also electricity and water).  Amenities at Crazy Horse include bathrooms and coin-operated showers, a great playground for kids, a pool, a game room, a volleyball field and fishing pond, to name a few.  The camp store is well stocked, reasonably priced and the porch in front of the store is lined with chairs and and has plenty of good conversation to go around.

The covered bridge in Littleton, NH

Another thing we appreciated about Crazy Horse Campground is its location.  Just two miles from I-93, it is easy to get to from Southern NH.  We also discovered downtown Littleton, which has a beautiful main street lined with shops, cafes and is home to the world’s longest candy counter.

Chutter’s candy store has a 112 foot candy counter, lined three-deep with oversized mason jars.  These jars are stocked with every kind of candy imaginable, including some rarities like candy cigarettes, Zagnut bars and Sky Bars.  Another gem located in Littleton is the Oasis Restaurant and Bar.  This Italian restaurant is home to one of Northern NH’s only micro breweries and the beer is amazing.  My wife and I ordered their Black Bear Stout and a Honey Wheat.  Both were excellent and were served in a comfortable dining environment.  Littleton is also home to a new covered bridge just off Main Street.  The bridge crosses the Amanoosuc River and you can wander down a path that parallels the river.

Reindeer's rest

We also took advantage of the proximity to Santa’s Village in Jeffereson, NH, and took our kids for a day of  fun with the elves and reindeer.  The Christmas-themed amusement park is only 30 minutes from Crazy Horse and is reasonably priced and extremely kid friendly.  Santa’s Village has a full day’s worth of children’s rides and shows and even has a stable full of real reindeer!  There is also a large and interactive water playground, so be sure to pack your trunks.

Rocky Glen Falls at .9 miles on the Basin-Cascade Trail

No trip to the North Country would be complete without a hiking trip, so we took our kids to Franconia Notch and hiked the Basin-Cascade trail.  This trail is a lot of fun for the kids because it follows a mountain stream up and over waterfalls for a little over a mile.  There are plenty of rocks to play on and holes to swim in (if you can take the cold).  It’s also a great hike for waterfall lovers.  The trail is home to Kinsman Falls (at .5 miles) and Rocky Glen Falls (at .9 miles), as well as countless smaller waterfalls.

This was an amazing and memorable vacation for myself and my family.  I highly recommend exploring the vacation opportunities NH offers to those willing to spend a little time outdoors.  You won’t be disappointed and you’re sure to come away with some lifelong memories!

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