Nansen Wayside Park RV & Campground Guide

New Hampshire

Spanning 14 acres in northern New Hampshire, Nansen Wayside Park is home to a historical 170-foot steel-framed ski jump. This was the largest ski jump in the eastern United States for nearly 50 years. While it's generally not open for jumps today, The Big Nansen is still popular with visitors. Nansen Wayside Park is located off of NH-16 near the banks of the Androscoggin River, just 3.2 miles from Milan and about five miles from Berlin. The area is unstaffed, but it's open to the public year-round for a range of watersports and winter activities. Squirrels, deer, various bird species, and other small game animals live in the park and can be seen quite often. 

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Weather
Spring 14-66 F
Summer 47-79 F
Fall 23-71 F
Winter 3-31 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Nansen Wayside Park

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Cedar Pond Campground

Cedar Pond Campground is located on Cedar Pond, which is about eight miles north of Nansen Wayside Park. The campground can house up to 42-foot-long RVs. There is a 79-acre pond for swimming and other water activities. All sites are equipped with a picnic table and a fire ring. The RV campsite rates start at $45 per night.

  • Water hookup: Yes
  • Electrical hookup: Yes
  • Sewer hookup: Yes
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Other amenities: Cable TV, laundry facility, and showers

White Birches Camping Park

Located in nearby Shelburne, NH, White Birches Camping Park offers pull-through and back-in RV sites, cabins, and premium wooded tent sites. On-site attractions include a heated swimming pool, nature walks, and a playground area for children. RV rates start at $34 per night.

  • Water hookup: Yes
  • Electrical hookup: Yes
  • Sewer hookup: Yes
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Other amenities: Camp store and private riverfront access

Percy Lodge and Campground

Open from June to November, Percy Lodge and Campground is a beautiful option for RVers on the Upper Ammonoosuc River. Christine Lake is a short drivable distance away for swimming, fishing, and boating. There is a country store located inside the lodge for small camping necessities.

  • Water hookup: Yes
  • Electrical hookup: Yes
  • Sewer hookup: No
  • Wi-Fi: No
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Other amenities: Picnic tables, showers, and restrooms

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What to Do at
Nansen Wayside Park

Inside Nansen Wayside Park

Nansen State Park offers a variety of activities throughout the year. During the warmer months, it's a popular place for picnicking, fishing, and boating. Some visitors enjoy spending the day on the river in a canoe or kayak. Other activities to do inside the state park are hiking, nature viewing, and wildlife observation. As for the ski jump, it's currently undergoing a restoration process that will ultimately get it up to modern jumping standards.

Outside Nansen Wayside Park

Once you have exhausted all there is to do inside the park, you can explore its surroundings. The neighboring area outside of the park is filled with various restaurants, shops, and attractions. You'll find that many of these establishments in Berlin and Gorham are family-owned and family-friendly. 

Restaurants

Domino's Pizza

If you're looking for a place that will deliver directly to your RV, call Domino's Pizza. A variety of pizzas, chicken wings, pasta meals, and other items is available at this restaurant.

Type: Pizzeria

Location: 11 Pleasant Street, Berlin, NH 03570

Northland Restaurant

Northland Restaurant serves a wide variety of delicious meals with just the right portion size for adults and children. Be sure to save plenty of room for their famous strawberry pie.

Type: American

Location: 1826 Riverside Drive, Berlin, NH 03570

Exile Burrito

Exile Burrito is just 10 minutes from the entrance of the park. It is a veteran-owned business that serves the most flavorful Mexican food in Berlin. The restaurant offers all kinds of delicious dinner and lunch specials.

Type: Mexican

Location: 161 Main Street, Berlin, NH 03570

Eastern Depot Restaurant

The Eastern Depot Restaurant is a family-owned business that has been serving the area since 1995. They serve a variety of comfort foods and beverages for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Type: Comfort Food

Location: 443 Main Street, Gorham, NH 03581

Supreme Pizza

Cure everyone's appetite at Supreme Pizza, where you can choose from various pizza toppings, calzones, and subs. If this is not what you were looking for, they also serve pasta dinners, burgers, and delicious desserts.

Type: Italian

Location: 224 Main Street, Berlin, NH 03570

Shopping

Berlin Marketplace

Berlin Marketplace is just a 10-minute drive from the park and is the ideal place to restock your RV's refrigerator. Be sure to take advantage of their weekly coupons for substantial savings on your grocery items.

Location: 19 Pleasant Street, Berlin, NH 03570

Hall of Greetings

Hall of Greetings is a Hallmark store where you can find unique greeting cards for birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, and other occasions. There is also a variety of gifts and keepsake items for any occasion.

Location: 107 Main Street, Berlin, NH 03570

Middle Earth

Middle Earth is a great little shop with excellent stock and an assortment of products to select from. They offer a wheelchair accessible entrance.

Location: 95 Main Street, Berlin, NH 03570

Walmart Supercenter

Walmart Supercenter is an excellent place to purchase grocery items, clothing, camping supplies, and hunting equipment. There is a pharmacy inside Walmart where you can refill your prescriptions and buy over-the-counter meds.

Location: 561 Main Street, Gorham, NH 03581

Scoggins General Store

Scoggins General Store has the perfect blend of vintage and modern collectibles, figurines, and more. They also have a wonderful assortment of homemade jams, jellies, sauces, and preserves.

Location: 133 Main Street, Gorham, NH 03581

Sightseeing

Milan Hill State Park

Milan Hill State Park is located 10 miles north of Berlin and six miles from the park. The area is popular for hiking, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, and wildlife viewing.

Location: 427 Milan Hill Road, Milan, NH 03588

Moffett House Museum

At the Moffett House Museum, you can learn from volunteers who are knowledgeable about the history of Berlin. You'll be able to view many historical pieces that are showcased inside the museum.

Location: 119 High Street, Berlin, NH 03570

Raft NH

Raft NH specializes in summertime rafting adventures and year-round dog sledding. The year-round adventures are conducted in the iconic White Mountains and scenic Great North Woods of northern New Hampshire. Depending on which adventure you decide to take part in, prices can vary.

Location: 196 Main Street, Gorham, NH 03581

Gorham Historical Society & Railroad Museum

Gorham Historical Society & Railroad Museum is slightly over 11 miles from the park entrance. You can tour the Railroad Museum and learn the history behind the railroad. Inside of the actual boxcars, you'll find displays and exhibits that visitors can walk through and explore.

Location: 25 Railroad Street, Gorham, NH 03581

Presidential Range Trail

Presidential Range Trail is an 18-mile trail that begins at Cherry Pond. It's a great place to go hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking. In winter, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling are popular activities on the trail.

Location: Dolly Copp Road, Randolph, NH 03593

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How to Get to
Nansen Wayside Park

From Milan, head 3.2 miles southeast on NH-16 South toward Bridge Street. Nansen Wayside Park will be on the left.

From Berlin, head south on Union Street toward Pleasant Street and make a right. Follow Pleasant Street for a short distance and then turn left at the first cross street onto Exchange Street. Make a slight left onto Main Street. Follow for approximately two miles until you reach NH-16/Riverside Drive. Take NH-16 for approximately three miles, and Nansen Wayside Park will be on the left.

Entering Nansen Wayside Park

The park is unstaffed but is generally open to the public 24 hours a day year-round. 

Per vehicle (1-4 adults) : $0

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