Top Campgrounds and RV Parks in Kancamagus Highway

New Hampshire is small but mighty when it comes to road trip opportunities. Some of the best road trips in New Hampshire can be done in under an hour but are best savored by stopping at campgrounds and scenic lookout points along the way, parking the RV for the night on the shores of one of the state’s crystal clear lakes or deep in its autumnal forests.

Make sure to leave time for some hiking, as New Hampshire is home to lovely mountains and even part of the Appalachian Trail, where you can spot moose and black bears. In fact, the state is home to so much wilderness and natural beauty that all four of its state nicknames revolve around it.

Known primarily as the Granite State, you’ll find fascinating granite formations all over the state. You’ll also find some of New England’s most important rivers, hence the nickname Mother of Rivers. Home to the White Mountain Range (where the Appalachian Trail passes through), New Hampshire is also known as the White Mountain State. Finally, the state is sometimes called the Switzerland of America for its sweeping scenic beauty.

All of this and more can be found on one 32 mile stretch of road called the Kancamagus Highway. This National Scenic Byway runs from the town of Lincoln to Conway, New Hampshire and passes through the White Mountains and White Mountain National Forest, some of New Hampshire’s prime fall foliage, and stunning rivers and waterfalls.

While Kancamagus Highway can be visited any time of year, it’s best experienced in the fall when the surrounding maple, beech, and birch trees are spotted with vibrant yellows and reds. It’s truly one of the best places in the United States to see the colors of fall.

There are a number of hiking trails, picnic spots, scenic overlooks, and historic sites as well as campgrounds off of Kancamagus Highway. You’ll also find several 1800s homesteads where you can visit old farmhouses and even a museum. Sabbaday Falls is just a short hike off of the highway and leads to a picturesque New England waterfall. You’ll even encounter a ski resort and a bike tour along the way if you’re looking for something more active.

What you won’t find, though, are most modern amenities. The stretch of highway remains fairly unspoiled by convenience stores, gas stations, and other developments, allowing you to enjoy the New Hampshire wilderness to its fullest. Of course, it is a short highway, and both towns on either side (Lincoln and Conway) offer all the amenities you could need.

With an RV rental in New Hampshire, there is plenty of natural beauty to be discovered. The Kancamagus Highway is one of the best ways to experience all the varying landscapes that the Switzerland of America has to offer.

Hancock Campground

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Just 2 miles from the visitor’s center at the entrance to Kancamagus Highway, Hancock Campground is located directly on the scenic Highway 112. The campground features river sites along the Pemigewassel River and is just down the street from the Village of Loom Mountain, making it one of the more convenient campgrounds located directly on the scenic byway. You’ll find restaurants, bars, and ski slopes in the nearby village.

Why You’ll Love Hancock Campground

This peaceful, quiet campground is wonderfully scenic and offers great views of the Pemigewasset River. It’s right next to the Lincoln Woods Visitor Center and just miles from the town of Lincoln, so it’s the perfect place to stay if you want both ture and nearby amenities. Sites are well spaced out so you have plenty of privacy.

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Country Bumpkins Campground

Located right off I-93 on the Pemigewasset River, Country Bumpkins Campground is right in Lincoln, New Hampshire just 5 minutes from the White Mountains Visitor Center and the start of the Kancamagus Highway. The campground is surrounded by amenities and attractions, including Clark’s Trading Post, the Hobo Railroad, and the beautiful ice castles of Lincoln, New Hampshire.

Why You’ll Love Country Bumpkins Campground

This is the perfect place to stay if you want to be in the middle of a range of amenities and attractions. You’re minutes from everything that Lincoln has to offer as well as the nearby ski lodge, and you can easily spend the day driving along Kancamagus Highway before returning to Country Bumpkins. Despite being in town, you’re right off the river and in a quiet area. This small campground is low key and great for families.

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Big Rock Campground

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Just about 5 miles in from the entrance to Kancamagus Highway you’ll find Big Rock campground. You’ll get a taste of New Hampshire wilderness here, camping in the middle of the White Mountain tiol Forest near several different river branches. At the same time, you’re just minutes from the nearby ski resort and 6 miles from Lincoln where you’ll find all the amenities you could need.

Why You’ll Love Big Rock Campground

This small, scenic campground is a great way to experience New Hampshire’s White Mountain forest and the Kancamagus Highway. Surrounded by tural beauty, this is the kind of campground that you remember years later. If you’re visiting the Kancamagus Highway in the fall, there’s nothing better than camping in the densely forested Big Rock Campground, surrounded by autumn leaves.

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Passaconaway Campground

This Kancamagus Highway campground is right on the scenic byway along the Swift River. It’s just down the road from the Russell-Colbath House and within walking distance from the Sabbaday Falls trailhead, one of the most popular sights along the highway. Located halfway between Lincoln and Conway, the start and end point of the scenic byway, Passaconaway Campground is in the middle of many of the highway’s most beloved trails and attractions.

Why You’ll Love Passaconaway Campground

If you’re really looking to get away from it all in nature and see the best of what Kamcamagus Highway has to offer, this campground is a great option. Large campsites offers ample privacy and the setting itself is remote and tranquil. The area is wooded and scenic and right next to a number of great waterfalls.

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Lafayette State Park Campground

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You’ll find this popular campground just off I-93 near Mount Lafayette. It’s located in the middle of the dense White Mountain National Forest and Franconia Notch State Park, so it’s near plenty of natural landmarks and hiking. Yet being right off the interstate means you’re still close to many amenities, and it’s easy to access. It’s about 5 miles north of Lincoln, the start of the Kancamagus Highway and also a great town to spend some time in.

Why You’ll Love Lafayette State Park Campground

This state park campground offers full bathrooms and very clean, well-maintained facilities. You’ll even find a dishwashing station with hot water. The campsites themselves are also very well-maintained and in a lovely, scenic area. Friendly staff members work hard to make sure that guests are comfortable and have everything they need.

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Blackberry Crossing

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This Kancamagus Highway campground sits on a branch of the Swift River just minutes from a number of popular trailheads. You’ll also find a number of nearby waterfalls, including Lower Falls and Champney Falls, and the Rocky Gorge Scenic Area is not far. This campground is on Kancamagus Highway closer to its endpoint on the eastern side, just 10 minutes from Conway where you can find most major amenities.

Why You’ll Love Blackberry Crossing

This is one of the most idyllic campgrounds along the Kancamagus Highway. It is rustic, but that’s what people who come here are looking for: an immersion in nature. However, although it feels remote, it’s still close to a major town, and there are friendly and helpful staff on-site. The sites are private, and the wooded areas surrounding them offer perfect hiking opportunities.

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Covered Bridge Campground

Just 10 minutes west of Conway, right on Kancamagus Highway, you’ll find Covered Bridge Campground. It’s right on the banks of the Swift River, offering scenic riverside campsites. The Boulder Loop Trailhead is right on grounds of the campground, and many other trails are nearby, as a the picturesque covered bridge. Additionally, if you’re coming from Lincoln, Covered Bridge Campground is just a 40 minute drive east.

Why You’ll Love Covered Bridge Campground

The amenities at this campground are very basic, but you’re surrounded by natural beauty. Hiking, swimming, and fishing opportunities abound as do cliffside views and waterfalls. Their campsites are beautiful, surrounded by mossy forest, small streams, and perfectly clean and well-maintained. They’re also large, offering plenty of privacy and picnic space.

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Jigger Johnson Campground

Nestled off the Kancamagus Highway just down the street from the Russell Colbath House, a homestead from the 1830s and museum, Jigger Johnson Campground is a great central camping area within the White Mountain National Forest and the Kancamagus Highway. It’s right next to Bear Notch Road, which leads to some great cross-country skiing trailheads, and it’s near several hiking trailheads as well. Midway between Conway and Lincoln, Jigger Johnson Campground is perfectly located for those who want to get the most out of all this area has to offer.

Why You’ll Love Jigger Johnson Campground

If you want to stay on the Kancamagus Highway but still have access to modern showers and bathrooms, this is one of your only options. It’s right in the middle of the scenic byway’s greatest attractions, close to several major towns. The campground also offers easy access to the Swift River.

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Lost River Valley Campground Passport America Logo

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You’ll find Lost River Valley Campground at the fork of Lost River Road and Sawyer Highway, just two miles west of I-93 and Lincoln, New Hampshire. Within minutes, you can be at the ice castles of Lincoln or on the Kancamagus Highway. You also have the Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves, a unique and stunning hiking experience, only one mile away. It’s also situated right on the Lost River.

Why You’ll Love Lost River Valley Campground

If you want to stay on the Kancamagus Highway but still have access to modern showers and bathrooms, this is one of your only options. It’s right in the middle of the scenic byway’s greatest attractions, close to several major towns. The campground also offers easy access to the Swift River.

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Fransted Family Campground

Located in Franconia, one of the most picturesque regions of the state, this facility is situated on 45 acres of beautiful natural forestland with a crystal-clear mountain brook running through it. It’s a family-orientated campground that’s within proximity to some great local attractions, such as Cannon Mountain Tramway, Flume Gorge, and the town of Littleton.

Why You’ll Love Fransted Family Campground

For those who’d prefer to stay on-site during their RV vacation, there’s still plenty of fun to be had. Fransted Family Campground offers a packed itinerary including art and craft classes, ice cream socials, scavenger hunts, wagon rides, costume parades, and so much more!

What People Are Saying About Fransted Family Campground

“My family and I just returned from enjoying a WONDERFUL week of peaceful camping at Fransted. This campground not only met, but exceeded, in fact, FAR exceeded my expectations. The staff was wonderful. Gregg and Karen are wonderful hosts.” – Brian, Google review

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“It’s a nice, homey campground with a quaint store, outdoor games, a small beach, and friendly staff. The sites are level and maintained with enough space between yourself and your neighbor.” – Thomas, Google review

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Twin Mountain / Mt. Washington KOA Holiday KOA Logo

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This award-winning KOA is located in north New Hampshire, bordering the White Mountain National Forest area. This stunning natural area is surrounded by mountain ranges and woodland, and is an extremely popular destination among hikers, rock climbers, and wildlife viewers. Other must-see places within this region include Crawford Notch State Park, Franconia Notch State Park, and Mount Washington (the highest peak in the Northeastern United States). Visitors of all ages will also enjoy the Mount Washington Cog Railway, which is just 13 km away from the KOA facility.

Why You’ll Love Twin Mountain / Mt. Washington KOA Holiday

Whether you want to enjoy a guided tour and view wild moose, or visit one of the many theme parks within the area such as Santa’s Village and Story Land, this RV-friendly park certainly has you covered! Due to the fun-filled location of this KOA, you’ll never have a reason to be bored. For those who prefer quiet relaxation, the heated swimming pool will be right up your alley!

What People Are Saying About Twin Mountain / Mt. Washington KOA Holiday

“We stayed in the new section on a Deluxe Patio Site. The view was beautiful! All sites and the dog park were super clean. Staff was very nice and helpful even offered suggestions for the local attractions.” – Jacqueline, Google review

“Great campground. Owner is about the nicest operator we have ever met. Genuinely cares about your visit and is appreciative of you staying at their campground. Very clean and lots of activities.” – Matt, Google review

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Littleton/Lisbon KOA Holiday KOA Logo

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Located in the west of the state, this KOA facility is just a short drive away from some of New Hampshire’s most famous attractions, such as Franconia Notch State Park, White Mountain tiol Forest, and Lisbon, which is the home of the Lilac Festival.

Why You’ll Love Littleton/Lisbon KOA Holiday

You can expect plenty of family-friendly and relaxing amenities at the Littleton / Lisbon KOA Holiday, including a hot tub, sau, and swimming pool. The facility isn’t short of fun activities either, with guests being able to enjoy fishing, bicycle riding, pancake breakfasts, ice cream socials, and art and craft sessions (just to me a few!).

What People Are Saying About Littleton/Lisbon KOA Holiday

“We had a wonderful experience this weekend. We enjoyed the walking grounds to the river. We had fun in the pool, playing backyard games, and in the game room. The bathrooms were clean and the prices in the store were extremely reasoble.” – Danielle, Google review

“Best campground we have stayed in. Level site, green grass, wonderful hosts. All the facilities are spotless.” – Bill, Google review

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Mountain Lake Campground

Sitting cozily along a 30-acre lake in the White Mountains region of New Hampshire, this campground is the perfect place to park your RV for either a short or long vacation. Located in the west of the state, it’s just over 3 miles from Weeks State Park and a short drive away from the popular Santa’s Village.

Why You’ll Love Mountain Lake Campground

The family-friendly activities are plentiful here at Mountain Lake Campground, and are suited to every age of traveler. The large heated swimming pool comes complete with water slides, while the on-site lake offers kayaking, canoeing, row boating and paddle boating. Summer DIY classes for kids are also popular, as are the hand-delivered, freshly-baked muffins every morning!

What People Are Saying About Mountain Lake Campground

“A GEM of a place – private, quiet, beautiful, clean and wonderful, friendly staff. Great cell service and free WiFi. We highly recommend this to both families and couples looking for a place to sit back and enjoy!” – Krista, Google review

“Wonderful campground with many sites that have lots of space between them. The kids loved the pool and there was a big line for Saturday build your own sundae!” – Lee, Google review

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Pine Haven Campground

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If you were to build the perfect campground, chances are it would include a creek for fishing, a lighted swimming pool for playing after the sun goes down and many recreational playing fields. The great news is that you will find all those things, and more, when you stay at Pine Haven Campground near Wentworth, New Hampshire. Bring your camera because you will want to capture stunning images of the Baker River Valley.

Why You’ll Love Pine Haven Campground

The layout of the large, wooded sites at this campground makes it easy to park the biggest rigs, and many of the sites have full hookups. Cable TV and Wi-Fi connections are available at many of them. Your kids will love competing on the pedal go-kart track and playing at the three playgrounds.

What People Are Saying About Pine Haven Campground

“A beautiful, relaxing spot along the Branch River with spacious, well-kept sites. Very friendly staff and crew who not only delivered the firewood to our site but checked in with us periodically during our stay.” - Mtnhkr, Campground Review

“The campground was clean and well organized. They had a lot of activities for the kids, and the river was super fun for my 10-year-olds. We can't wait to go back next year!” - Joshua, Google Review

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The Beach Camping Area

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The Beach Camping Area is a perfect family destination in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. It’s just over a mile away from the center of Conway, the easternmost point on the Kancamagus Highway. Many of their campsites are right along the Saco River or against the beach, with some that offer mountain views!

Why You’ll Love The Beach Camping Area

The Beach Camping Area offers tubing, canoeing and kayak excursions nearby on the pristine waters of Saco River. There's a playground for kids, a recreation pavilion, and it's dog friendly! The campground is also a great place to spend a quiet day on a sandy beach. Hiking, climbing, berry picking, biking and tax free shopping are nearby in Mt. Washington Valley. It's the perfect balance of scenic and convenient! Check out their events calendar for things like beach bonfires, movie nights and karaoke.

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Danforth Bay and The Bluffs RV Resort ARVC Logo

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You’ll find Danforth Bay Camping & RV Resort located in east New Hampshire, on the shores of Danforth Ponds. It’s an extremely picturesque, diverse and entertaining area in New England, making it one of the best RV trips you can enjoy in the state! It’s also just a short drive away from local attractions such as the King Pine Ski Area and White Lake State Park.

Why You’ll Love Danforth Bay and The Bluffs RV Resort

At this popular RV-friendly facility, you’ll find an activities program to suit both young and old, including week-long festivals and themed weekends. Mary’s Mountain is also a short hike away and it offers panoramic views of both Green Mountain and Ossipee Lake. Danforth Bay also presents guests with art and craft lessons, bingo, numerous sporting facilities, and heated pools!

What People Are Saying About Danforth Bay and The Bluffs RV Resort

“Great place to bring the whole family. We have been here several years in a row and it always is relaxing and there is plenty of activities for the kids and fun to be had at any age. Definitely recommend if you are in the area and looking for something new.” – John, Goggle review

“Well constructed and maintained, clean facilities, friendly staff. Great pools, lake access. Great place for kids to ride their bikes and make new friends.” – Michael, Google review

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Moose River Campground

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Moose River is a scenic river located in the hills of East Haven, Vermont- and that breathtaking spot is exactly where this campground calls home! Beautiful views, planned weekend activities, and easy access to the White Mountains are just a few of the perks of a visit to Moose River Campground. Since it’s a Good Sam Affiliated Campground, you can be sure it’s one of the best RV parks in Vermont!

Why You’ll Love Moose River Campground

You can truly kick back and enjoy your stay with the spacious, shaded campsites equipped with full hookups, wireless internet, and both 30 and 50 amp capabilities. Enjoy hot showers and modern laundry facilities. And of course, explore the beauty of the area, with hiking and swimming nearby at the White Mountain National Forest. You’ll love the authentic camping experience of Moose River Campground!

What People Are Saying About Moose River Campground

“Awesome! Clean, well-groomed lawns and landscaping. Great sites with many of them on the riverfront. Friendly staff and seasonal people. I would highly recommend this campground.” – Rita, Google reviews

“Great vacation spot! Very friendly, clean with fun activities.” – Norine, Google reviews

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Timberland Campground

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Timberland Campground is located in north-east New Hampshire, also bordering the White Mountain National Forest area. It’s also very close to the city of Berlin, so if you’d like to rent an RV, you can pick one up right in the area!

Why You’ll Love Timberland Campground

Why you’ll love Timberland Campground Timberland Campground pride themselves on providing children and adults with a fun, carefree, and enjoyable RV holiday. They offer numerous activities such as daily fire truck rides, moose / wildlife tours, kayaking, a Pirate Ship playground, and a relaxed nature walk (just to mention a few!). You’re also sure to enjoy the heated swimming pool and nearby attractions such as theme parks, Moose Meadow Mini Golf, and the Cog Railway.

What People Are Saying About Timberland Campground

“This is a very friendly and homey campground. They have movie, campfire and fire truck ride nights! They also have hiking trails that follow along part of the Androscoggin river.” – Gary, Google review

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“Exceptional customer service. I will be staying here every time I come to town.” – Vipul, Google review

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Sugar Ridge RV Village & Campground ARVC Logo

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This park located on 68 acres of beautiful forested lands in the Northeast Kingdom has a lot to offer campers. Sugar Ridge RV Village is the perfect spot for scenic views, especially during the fall months, when you can experience the breathtaking changing colors of the foliage. The views aren’t the only thing that attracts guests – Sugar Ridge offers one-of-a-kind amenities, such as horse-drawn wagon rides and an 18-hole miniature golf course.

Why You’ll Love Sugar Ridge RV Village & Campground

The fun is never-ending at this campground! Your entire stay will be packed with exciting activities- without even needing to leave the park. Spend your days swimming laps in the pool, enjoying scenic views from atop a wagon pulled by beautiful Belgian draft horses, bonding with your family at the arcade, and exploring the seemingly endless hiking trails! Not to mention the convenience and comfort that the many practical amenities offer – free hot showers, a camp store, and a modern laundromat are among the things available during your stay.

What People Are Saying About Sugar Ridge RV Village & Campground

“Nice sites and walking or biking trails. Beautiful area to explore or just relax at the quiet campground. Clean and well maintained, very nice pool area. We stayed in a motorhome.” – Jen, Google reviews

“Very family friendly, clean, spacious and affordable! We had a blast mini golfing and fishing in the pond!” – Abbie, Google reviews

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Onion River Campground

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Onion River Campground is in Plainfield, VT, a small village of about 1,000 residents similar to many New England hamlets that dot Vermont. Situated next to the Winooski River, and containing 26 RV sites, the campground is a family favorite for many vacationing New Englanders. When visiting this peaceful atmosphere, guests can explore walking trails and enjoy the picnic tables and playground with their children. The owners welcome leashed pets as well.

Why You’ll Love Onion River Campground

Every RV campsite provides electric hookups of 30 or 50 amps. Water hookups are available for every site, plus five of the 26 RV campsites have sewer hookups. If you enjoy hiking, biking, fishing, swimming, and canoeing, you'll love staying at Onion River Campground. The sites are spacious and can handle any rig on the road. Just keep in mind that the bridge to the campground is limited to handling 24,000 pounds or less.

What People Are Saying About Onion River Campground

“Onion River has a lot going for it. It's out in the middle of nowhere, there's an amazing converted train track trail through a beautiful forest, and a river runs right through it.” - Aimee, Hipcamp Review

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“Nice, grass-covered sites with full hookups are just a few steps from the river. The bathhouse is close (but not too close ;-) ) and has toasty hot showers.” - Bryan, Hipcamp Review

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In Summary

Camping and traveling in an RV is truly the best way to see Kancamagus Highway and the state of New Hampshire. Whether you want to go wilderness camping in the forest, beachside camping on one of the state’s beautiful lakes, or RV camping in one of New England’s quaint historic towns just down the street from an 1800s homestead, this list covers all the options.

Being in the middle of White Mountain National Forest, Kancamagus Highway passes through many of New Hampshire’s most stunning natural landmarks. It’s also just a short drive from the New England coast to the east, the Canadian border to the north, and the finger lakes to the south, so you can easily extend your trip to a number of different destinations in the northeast.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost to camp in Kancamagus Highway?

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How long can you stay at an RV Park in Kancamagus Highway?

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Are there pet friendly RV Parks & Campgrounds in Kancamagus Highway?

Yes. The majority of campgrounds we selected in this blog allow pets.