CampADK Road Trip 2012 - Lakeside NH/VT/NY

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CampADK Road Trip 2012 - Lakeside NH/VT/NY

Postby CampADK » Thu Feb 02, 2012 7:59 pm

Heading out on this years road trip, starting at Fish Creek for about 12 days right after the TearUp.

We are considering at this point something out east. Did figure on maybe Connecticut, but now we are leaning a bit towards Southern New Hampshire.

Would also have liked to do a road trip around Ontario like AL and Leslie did last year (see viewtopic.php?f=14&t=1034 ) but its at least twice as expensive to camp back home, here in Ontario. It's certainly high on the list over the next few years though!

Also thinking Michigan or Wisconsin which I gather have a ton of great lakes (I don't mean the 'Great Lakes'). Might need more time for that one though.

New Hampshire's Pawtuckaway State Park looks pretty nice, and we'd like to explore the Lake Sunapee area. Still tons of research to do to fine some other gems. Pretty frustrating as usual trying to gauge what a campground is like from a few 'dot shots'! :lol: . When is someone at New England campgrounds going to discover the world of digital cameras? At least Vermont state parks aren't quite so cheap. They managed to have photos of some of the campsites.

On the way to NH, Lake Bomoseen State Park, Little River State Park and Woodford State Park look like possibilities.
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Re: CampADK Road Trip 2012 - Lakeside NH/VT/NY

Postby Rollins Fan » Thu Feb 02, 2012 10:00 pm

Don't forget NH has 13 miles of coast. We stayed in Hampton once long before camping. Did get up to watch the sunrise.
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Re: CampADK Road Trip 2012 - Where Should We Go?

Postby CampADK » Fri Feb 03, 2012 11:43 am

Sheesh... I should have known! We are now into February... should have been booking a few months ago.

Regardless the trip is coming together.

We have 5 nights booked at Pawtuckaway State Park in New Hampshire which is obviously VERY popular (not much pickings left and
its out of season dates we are looking for!). Gorgeous lake with many prime watersites. Features a complex shoreline with lots of small
islands and a total length of about 3 miles (4.7km). Pawtuckaway is about 1.25 hours north of Boston and about 30 minutes from ocean at
Hampton Beach. Its obviously the perfect destination not just for paddling and enjoying waterside camping, but for proximity to other
destinations. This is also a great destination for those interested in rock climbing and bouldering. After researching campgrounds in the
eastern US over the last 3 years, I'd have to say this is one, if not the best campground (east of Fish Creek/Rollins of course) for lakeside
camping and enjoying canoeing/kayaking.

Map of our Trip. Pawtuckaway is the campground marker north of Boston...
(Fish Creek -> Jamaica SP (1n) --> Pawtuckaway SP (6n) --> Pillsbury SP (3n) --> Lewey Lake (2n) --> home)


View CampADK Steven Tyler - "Don't Wanna Miss a Thing" Pawtuckaway/Sunapee Road Trip 2012 in a larger map

Google Satellite image with campground insert for Pawtuckaway and the location of the two sites we will be staying on. Great for sunsets!...

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A few photos of Pawtuckaway...

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Re: CampADK Road Trip 2012 - Where Should We Go?

Postby CampADK » Fri Feb 03, 2012 11:57 am

Next we have 4 nights booked on one of only a handful of waterfront sites at Pillsbury State Park, just SW of Lake Sunapee,
one of our main destinations on this trip. Pillsbury State Park is located on May Pond which is fairly small at about 1 km in length,
approximately the size of Fish Creeks Square Pond. There are other nearby places to kayak as well. We'll definately be kayaking
on Lake Sunapee... maybe stop over (or at least wave) at Steven Tyler if he happens to be at his camp :lol:

We snagged this site...
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A few more of Pillsbury State Park...

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Too bad this is a tent only site!

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Re: CampADK Road Trip 2012 - Where Should We Go?

Postby CampADK » Fri Feb 03, 2012 6:18 pm

Think we got it! lol

This trip is now made up of 3 main stops and one short one. Likely Jamaica State Park (VT) for a night on the way to Pawtuckaway State Park (NH) for 5 nights, followed by 4 nights at Pillsbury State Park and finally 2 nights at Lewey Lake. I'm surprised we haven't 'discovered' Lewey Lake before, especially considering the great waterways on both Lewey Lake and connecting Indian Lake. Then again we only bought our kayaks 2 years ago.

Some great shots of Lewey Lake which sealed the deal...

Night shot from the beach area just to the left of where are campsite will be located...

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Our campsite will be located to the left of the beach in this photo (background right). We'll be missing out on that mountain view however.... next time.

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View from a few sites down from us. Nice alignment for sunsets!

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Not bad... we'll actually be staying on 5 separate campsites over the duration of the trip. All are pretty much prime waterfront sites too!

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