Moose Hillock was recommended to us by a fellow camper at Normandy Farms Camping Resort in MA (fantastic place, btw). We had reservations at another New Hampshire campground, but decided to cut that stay short and move to Moose Hillock. I phoned for a reservation and I have to say the woman on the phone was a bit odd (and none-too-friendly) but I wrote it off. We arrived at Moosehillock on a Weds and stayed for 3 nights.
First, the pluses: It's beautifully situated, heavily wooded, and surrounded on (I believe) two sides by National forests. Very quiet. The sites are large and very clean with natural stone fireplaces. The much-touted Tropical Pool was lots of fun for our 11-year-old son, but overall it's very shallow (no serious swimming) and, oddly, there's no separate "kiddie pool" for the toddlers. The bathrooms were decent if nothing to write home about.
The not-so-great points: We got a long lecture upon arrival about how they usually don't take last minute reservations, we should have arrived precisely at check-in time or they would charge us for early arrival (!), etc, etc. All this delivered in a hectoring tone by a Sunday School teacher type woman. So that definitely set the tone and made for a warm and inviting welcome. There are apparently some planned activities, entertainment, etc. but they are oddly reticent about letting the campers know. The information is hard to come by. No schedule or signs posted anywhere (the info is on their website, I found out later.)
There's no hot water available ANYWHERE at this campground besides in the pay showers (bring quarters). Even the laundry room is all cold wash. Understandable (they are in the mountains, after all) but something they could let you know in advance. The poolside cafe is a nice feature, but it's pricey and the service could be improved. It's the only option around as it's an 18 mile ride over bumpy forest roads to reach the tourist areas of North Woodstock and Lincoln and equally far in the other direction to reach a store or restaurant. So be forewarned and bring your supplies.
The owners are Born Again Christians. The proselytizing was more annoying than offensive, although they do give every guest a pamphlet upon check-in that manages to denigrate Catholics (nice touch there) and the campground rules include this deathless line "If you MUST consume alcoholic beverages..." There's a weekly chapel service on Saturday evening but we didn't stick around for it.
Overall, it's a nice place for a day or two. We used it as a base to explore the Lincoln area. We liked the pool, the scenery and the quiet.
- Also Known As:
- Moose Hillock Campground Hotel Warren