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Named after a 19th-century statesman, Daniel Webster, Webster Lake is a hidden gem. Surrounded by dense New Hampshire woods, the pristine lake views are interrupted only by a handful of homes dotting the shores. These homes, built in the classic New England style, adds to the charm. In fall, the tree canopy blaze fire as the leaves transform from rich green to vibrant hues of red and orange. Most winters, snow blankets the region. Even then, fun on the lake doesn’t stop. The local communities hold events like an annual ice-fishing derby, Christmas celebrations on ice, and of course, spontaneous games of hockey and races.
The events continue throughout the year, including the annual Boat Parade, which has been held since the early 60s, Fourth of July on the water, and more. The closest large town is Tilton, NH, about seven miles east. Concord, the capital of New Hampshire, is 25 miles south. Start your New Hampshire RV camping adventure by booking an RV in Merrimack County.
On a cool morning, the mist drifts off the calm, glassy lake. Just around the bend, a grizzled man clad in a heavy cable sweater and wellies casts his line into the water. Aside from the chirps of birds in the trees, it’s quiet. Webster Lake has two public beaches, one with a public boat launch. Several regional and state fishing tournaments are held on the lake throughout the year. Anglers can expect to catch rainbow and brown trout, which is stocked by New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, smallmouth and largemouth bass, white perch, and eastern chain pickerel.
Deer emerge from the woods during a quiet moment, cautiously watching for predators as they approach the lake for a sip of water. The southern portion of the lake is considered wetlands, and various aquatic critters like mallards and beavers make their home among the reeds.
Surrounded by several acres of state wildlife management areas and forests, there are miles of trails, many of which were established by wildlife moving through the woods. Hikers should be familiar with orienteering. Up near Bristol, NH is one of the state’s many waterfalls: the Profile Falls. Though low and short, the water tumbles over large granite stones in a graceful yet tattered veil. Lined by oak and maple trees, the Profile Falls is a picturesque location many photographers and nature lovers will appreciate. The fun doesn’t stop in winter. Flannel-clad locals and out-of-town visitors descend upon Ragged Mountain Ski Resort for snowy fun. It boasts 57 trails and runs ranging from beginner to expert, three terrain parks for snowboarders, and a tubing area.
Although there is no camping at Ahern State Park, it has several miles of established hiking trails that are often shared with cross-country skiers and those that snow-shoe in winters. Leashed dogs are allowed on the trails.
None of the state parks within 15 miles radius allow overnight RV camping. But there are several privately-owned campgrounds. Nearby in Belmont, NH, Silver Lake Park Campground may be a good option. It features amenities like private gated access, full hookups, and many sites have waterfront views of a private lake. Catch a string of fish for supper.
Alternatively, Cozy Pond Camping Resort in Webster, NH, is shared with a small farm. In addition to full hookups, WiFi, hot showers, the owners also run an on-site country store, selling fresh farm eggs, wines from the local wineries, and homemade candies. Choose to RV camp in the woods or by a lake for a classic New Hampshire adventure.
One of the many advantages of renting an RV is the ability to go exploring the region. New Hampshire has a few designated scenic byways, one of which passes through Midstate New Hampshire. The scenic byway travels from town to town, introducing visitors to the local businesses, quaint cafes and restaurants, and boutique shops. Many towns have stately historic homes and buildings that date back to the 18th and 19th centuries.
A part of the New Hampshire charm are the people. In addition to a fervid love for the fresh outdoors, they also have a quirky sense of humor and fun. Many towns have a self-professed passion for Halloween. Laconia, NH, is in particular known for its massive pumpkin festival which draws an average of 50,000 people annually. It has in the past created elaborate Halloween displays using jack o’ lanterns.
The Telephone Museum in Warner pokes gentle fun at the younger generations while simultaneously introducing them to communication relics like rotary phones, chrome-plated payphones, candlestick phones, and many other antique models.
Small farms dot the landscape, many of which have “you-pick” programs and farm stands. Surowiec Farm near Sanbornton has been in the business for half a century. Pick your own blueberries in spring or apples in autumns. The farm store stocks freshly baked pastries and donuts and apple cider.
Camp near Webster Lake and gain new memories to last a lifetime as you explore the area with family and friends.