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The town of Barrington has a long and storied history that dates back centuries to America’s Colonial era. Like many towns in southern New Hampshire, its population grew considerably during the Industrial Revolution, when the state's fast-moving rivers provided power to area mills and steelworks. But you won’t find many factories or sooty clouds in Barrington today – it’s a rural New England community, with a wealth of natural beauty and plenty of charm to make it one of the area’s most popular tourist destinations.
Camping at Barrington Shores Campground is a fantastic way to see this part of New Hampshire, and you’ll have easy access to most of the sights in the southern part of the state and southwestern Maine too. The RV campground has top-shelf amenities including full hookups for your RV rental, a dump station, laundry facilities, and a small store should you need to pick up some essentials.
As would be expected from its location on Swain’s Lake, RV camping at Barrington Shores Campground offers a wealth of outdoor recreational opportunities too. The lake has two sandy beaches that are perfect for swimming, fishing, or working on your tan. If you want to get out on the water, there are canoe, rowboat, standup paddleboard, and kayak rentals available too. For fun on dry land, they’ve got volleyball and shuffleboard courts, along with two playgrounds and a video game arcade. Those wanting to spend some time with fellow travelers when renting an RV will love all of the group activities that the campground plans, from movie nights and karaoke to arts and crafts workshops.
When you camp in an RV near Barrington, your go-to spot for outdoor fun is going to be Swain Lake. The L-shaped lake has dozens of little coves that are great for dropping a fishing line or paddling around in. The glassy waters are incredibly beautiful and sure to please anyone hoping for a relaxing day on the water. If you do decide to do some angling, be sure to pick up a state fishing license at one of the sporting goods stores in New Hampshire.
If you’re looking for some easy trails or a place to walk your four-legged pal, Northwood Meadows State Park is only a short drive away. All of the trails are well marked, and most are suitable for all fitness levels. There’s also a medium-sized pond within its borders that’s good for fishing or kayaking, and the wetlands around it are a popular spot for birdwatchers.
For more extensive hiking opportunities, head north to the state’s White Mountains, New England’s premier trekking destination. The majority of the region’s highest peaks are located in the White Mountains National Forest – peaks like Mount Washington, Mount Adams, and Mount Jefferson. Summiting these famed mountains is no easy task either, with most requiring the entire day to complete. So come prepared, and be wary of any bad weather (Mount Washington in particular experiences some of the most extreme meteorological conditions in the continental U.S.).
Barrington largely serves as a bedroom community for larger cities in the area like Dover, Manchester, and New Hampshire’s capital, Concord. With a population of several thousand residents though, it’s a town in its own right, with a dozen or more restaurants located along Highway 125 and several stores near its intersection with Highway 9.
Visitors hoping to do some antiquing with their Barrington camper rental should head out towards the town of Northwood and Highway 202. A number of good shops can be found along this route, and they’re great for picking up unique souvenirs of your adventure when you book an RV in Strafford County, New Hampshire.
Auto racing fans will love camping in this part of the state, as it’s so close to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. It’s New England’s only NASCAR track and is considered one of the best in the country; at just over a mile in length, the races are fast-paced and the maneuvers considerably more aggressive than what would be found at bigger tracks down south. Additionally, spectators can get closer to the action, with just over 70,000 seats circling the oval track. On days when no races are taking place, visitors can book time in a race car and do a few laps of their own.
History buffs should consider a day trip into Concord, which is well known for its Colonial history, but the town has also played a fairly important role in America’s space program. Alan Shepard, one of the first Americans to travel into space, and Christa McAuliffe, a schoolteacher aboard the ill-fated Challenger space shuttle, were from the Concord area. The McAuliffe-Shepard Space Center in Concord is dedicated to their contributions towards inspiring Americans and the world to further explore the cosmos. The center features an observatory, a planetarium, along with an indoor/outdoor aviation museum. It’s a favorite with school groups and must if you’re motorhome camping with children.