My husband is through-hiking the Appalachian Trail and I decided to join him (in the evenings) while he hiked New Hampshire. I chose this campground because of its convenient location. I made online reservations, but when I arrived, the "Jeffs" behind the counter recommended that I take a look at some other available sites since the one I chose was rather small. I thought this was a really nice thing of the staff to offer, and I took them up on it by finding a much better site. The camp store had pretty much anything you may forget. Be warned, though...they sell firewood for $6/bundle. You can find the same size bundles outside of the park for half that price (and I found a place along Route 112 that only charged $1.50)
Although the sites are relatively close with little brush between them, by strategically locating our tent and screen house, we had all the privacy we wanted. The bath house was nearby and included bathrooms and showers. We had plenty of hot water for showers (although we had to pay $1 for 5 minutes). The bathrooms had cold water only, but included an air dryers (not all NH state campgrounds have this feature).
There's plenty to do along Route 93: The Basin, Old Man of the Mountain, the Flume Gorge, and the Tramway to name a few.
The only real negative was that we couldn't get a cell phone signal in camp. Normally this wouldn't bother us, but we needed to be able to communicate when and where I needed to pick up my husband each afternoon when he was done hiking for the day. It was somewhat inconvenient to have to drive around to get a signal that would allow a text message through.
Most people cook on site, but if you're like us (for this trip) and like to eat dinner in a restaurant, there are plenty to choose from in nearby Woodstock and Lincoln.
In general, we were very happy with this campground. It suited our purposes nicely. We also stayed at Moose Brook State Park. I hope to review that campground as well, but there's currently no listing for it (I'll be contacting TripAdvisor about it). It's not nearly as nice as Lafayette!
- Also Known As:
- Lafayette Campground Hotel Franconia
- Lafayette Campground Franconia, NH - White Mountains