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Vermont might have the Green Mountains, but New Hampshire has the White Mountains. No matter your initial color choice, you’ll notice everything looks pretty green in the summer and pretty white in the winter. People flock from near and far to see, explore, and camp in the New England mountain ranges. Book an RV in Belknap County and surround yourself in all of this vast beauty.
One of the biggest perks of camping in Gilford is the Lake Winnipesaukee access. Gilford is known as the “recreation of New Hampshire” and offers a wide range of things to do, but most importantly Ellacoya State Park sits on the southwest shore of the lake. The 21-mile long lake is the largest lake found within New Hampshire borders and the third largest within New England. Whether you choose to stay put with your camper rental in Ellacoya State Park or venture to other beaches in the area, you’ll certainly be able to fulfill your need for some lake time.
Camping in Ellacoya State Park not only draws in outdoor adventurists but also is popular with the locals. The beaches can fill up quickly. When planning your beach day, be sure to get there early or try back in the afternoon. If you’re not a fan of crowds, there are plenty of other beaches to be found within a short drive or even walk.
The lake is vast, so if you can, definitely get out on it! Slip the floaties on the little ones and go out for a swim. Blow up a tube and just float as you laze the day away. Bring your own boat, rent a boat, or make friends with someone who has a boat to get further out in the depths. Try your hand at tubing or waterskiing, if either activity is available to you. Kayaking, canoeing, and paddleboarding are also fun options and allow you to jump in whenever you please.
Once you’ve had your fill of water, venture into the wooded areas and maybe even up to a mountain. There are several trails available within the 65-acre park that’ll loop you around and into the New Hampshire wildlife. Outside of the park, there are ample trails for all ages, experiences, and terrains, depending on what kind of work out you want for the day. By renting an RV and staying in Ellacoya State Park, you’re committing to a very active and fun time.
RV Camping at Ellacoya State Park is really quite simple if you’ve reserved your spot in advance. This is a popular and sought after travel spot; there is even a lottery system going for those with flexible travel schedules. Ellacoya State Park houses 38 sites, and all are RV accessible.
Because of its fame, Ellacoya State Park does have quite a few rules to keep campers and staff alike happy, clean, and safe. No more than six people are allowed per site, and absolutely no pets are allowed anywhere within the park. If you’d like your pup close by, there is a kennel facility within 10 miles.
Ellacoya State Park campers have all the comfort of modern amenities. There are showers, flush toilets, supply shops, and laundry. Just because you’re camping in the great outdoors doesn’t mean you have to look like it. At the end of the day, get to know your fellow campers by gathering around the community campfire for some kumbaya's and s’mores.
The town of Gilford is an exciting place. While its main allurement is Lake Winnipesaukee, there is still much to do. In the winter, you can find skiers flocking to the area, meaning there are some great après le ski spots to check out. Before you rent an RV in Gilford, have a gander at what shows are happening at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion; the concert hall is known to bring in some pretty big name people.
Gilford’s early roots are steeped in agriculture. As a result, farms and general stores are easily found here and in the surrounding Belknap County. Take the time to learn about the area, purchase some locally made and sourced goods, and enjoy the classic old New England feel that encompasses much of Gilford. This is a charming little place, to say the least.
For larger cities, Portland, ME sits to the east and Boston, MA to the south. Both of these would make great day visits during your RV camping trip. Portland is the hipster central not only within Maine but quite possibly also the entire New England area. The port city is fresh with seafood and filled with unique local shops. On the opposite end of the spectrum, the lively city of Boston boasts all your modern wants and needs. Have a drink at the pub while watching some sports or head to Newbury Street for all your upscale shopping desires.
The benefit of booking an RV rental in Gilford is its accessibility. You have nature everywhere you look, and still have the option to drive one or two hours and discover a bustling city.