Are the campsites on the Kancamagus Highway now closed due to the government shutdown?
We were hoping to go camping at Blackberry or Jigger this weekend, but I wanted to make sure this government shutdown hasn't affected the campsites.
I wanted to check back in on this thread. Two friends and I were planning on going camping at Hancock Campground in Lincoln, but figured that due to the gov. shutdown, it will be closed.
So two questions:
1. Will it definitely be closed?
2. If so, what would you recommend we do in place? We aren't necessarily looking for a family campground environment.
Would backcountry camping be a viable option, and do you have a recommendation?
I appreciate any input. Thanks a ton!!
The government shutdown has closed the Ranger Stations. As far as the Kancamagus campgrounds... I know they are operated by a private company. We have not been to the Kancamagus since the shutdown so I cannot say with any certainty if the campgrounds on the Kancamagus are closed due to the government shutdown or not.
Here is a list of other NH Campgrounds if you want to research another campground in the area.
As far as backcountry camping... I would doubt the Kancamagus Highway itself is closed as i'm sure that would have been on the news so I would say that's a fairly good gamble.
When are you heading up to the Kanc? Would be interested in hearing any impacts the government shutdown has caused to the Kancamagus Hwy.
It does appear, based on what it says on their website, that those campgrounds are closed. Huge bummer because we really like Hancock. It would seem that we might be forced into having to use a private campground. We found one in North Woodstock that looks decent. We are going this weekend.
Thanks for the response!
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Strange that the government would close the campgrounds on the Kancamagus if they are run by private companies...