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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.

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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. 

Nansen Wayside Park Per vehicle (1-4 adults) : $0.0

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Frequently Asked Questions About Nansen Wayside Park

What is the best time of year to visit Nansen Wayside Park?

Nansen Wayside Park is unstaffed, and there is no winter maintenance. Ski jumpers will enjoy the famous jump, however. For folks who don't like ski jumping, summer is the best time to visit.

What is the climate of Nansen Wayside Park?

The winter is bitter, and single-digit temperatures are common. The summer is mild and rarely exceeds the mid-70s. The spring and fall are mild as well, and there is little precipitation during those months.

What kind of wildlife can be found in Nansen Wayside Park?

At only 14 acres in size, Nansen Wayside Park is tiny. Any wildlife you see will be passing through and not native. New Hampshire wildlife includes deer, coyote, and several bird species.

Are there designated RV camping spots in Nansen Wayside Park?

There are campsites of any kind at the park. There are two places with designated RV camping spots within five miles, however; those are the Sunshine Valley RV Park and the Jericho Gateway Family Campground.

Are pets allowed at Nansen Wayside Park?

Nansen Wayside Park allows pets anywhere within the borders of the park. Although it's not required, it's always a good idea to have your pets on a leash for their own safety.