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When the hot and humid weather makes Boston and the rest of coastal New England slightly unbearable, everyone heads to New Hampshire’s Lakes Region. Swimming in the crystal-clear waters of the half dozen or so lakes in the middle of the state is the perfect way to cool off. At the center of them is the massive Lake Winnipesaukee with nearly 300 miles of coastline and close to as many islands to explore within it. Along that shoreline are countless campgrounds waiting to accept the masses of motorhome camping tourists looking to enjoy a slice of the Lakes Region.
One of the best places to camp when renting an RV in the Lakes Region is the Long Island Bridge Campground on the north side of Lake Winnipesaukee. It’s about an hour's drive northeast of Concord, New Hampshire’s capital, a 90-minute drive from Manchester, and two hours' drive north of Boston, an ideal location for New Englanders hoping to beat the heat in the cool waters of the Granite State.
Long Island Bridge Campground has some excellent amenities too, like full hookups, toilets, and hot showers. They also offer canoe and kayak rentals, which can be launched into Lake Winnipesaukee from the RV campground’s private sandy beach. If you're bringing the kids along when you book an RV in Carroll County, New Hampshire, this campground's got an extensive playground, complete with basketball and volleyball courts.
The primary reason to visit the Lakes Region is, of course, to spend some time on one of New Hampshire’s beautiful waterways. Lake Winnipesaukee is just south of Long Island Bridge Campground, but there are tons of other options if you’re looking to get away from the crowds or just need a little variety. In any case, rent a kayak from a nearby town (Wolfeboro is a great option), as this is the ideal way to explore the many hidden coves in these massive lakes.
Spectacular hiking can be found just north of Lake Winnipesaukee, in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. Many of New England’s tallest peaks – Mount Washington, Mount Lafayette, and Mount Adams are located in this mountain range. Climbing Mount Washington is a right of passage for New Englanders, with several different trails of varying difficulty leading to its peak. If an all-day climb doesn’t feel right for you, there’s also the option of taking the famous cog railway to the summit – a much more relaxing and truly unique experience.
For a less intense hiking experience, check out Mount Kearsarge to the southwest of Lake Winnipesaukee. It’s the 38th-tallest peak in New England at 2,937 feet but is more suitable for those unaccustomed to the grueling climbs that are typical of the White Mountains. On a clear day, you can see the Boston skyline, almost 80 miles away, from its summit.
Wildlife enthusiasts should check out the Loon Center on the south side of town. The majestic bird is quite common in the Lakes Region, and the center has informative displays about their habitat and behavior along with some hiking trails where you can spot a few of them yourself. If you’re camping with an RV in the height of summer, try to spot breeding pairs in their nests.
Moultonborough is the closest town to Long Island Bridge Campground and is one of the larger ones on Lake Winnipesaukee, making it a frequent gathering point for tourists traveling to the Lakes Region. It’s small-town New England, with big-steepled churches and cute shops, and where everyone knows their neighbors. If you’re looking for food when you camp in an RV near Moultonborough, you’ll have a bevy of choices for where to eat. Some of the best options will be seafood, fresh from the coast, and still full of flavor.
One of the more interesting attractions to visit when you rent an RV near Moultonborough is the Castle in the Clouds mansion. Built during World War I, it’s one of the more opulent homes in New England with 16 bedrooms, a stable, and a six-car garage. A tour of the building will transport you back to America’s Gilded Age, and the surrounding mountains provide a stunningly beautiful backdrop for a leisurely stroll. There’s also the option of horseback and carriage rides on the densely wooded trails surrounding the compound.
If you’re looking for a unique shopping experience when RV camping at Long Island Bridge Campground, there are several little shops selling everything from handmade jewelry to local produce to fine home décor. There’s not much of a shopping district to be found in Moultonborough, so you’ll need to cruise the country roads to find these independent joints.