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North Conway, NH – On Saturday, July 1, severe thunderstorms ripped through Mt Washington Valley, NH with high winds and flash flooding. Tornado warnings were issued and campers in Mt Washington Valley, NH took cover. While those campgrounds near the local rivers moved riverside camping sites, campers found lodging in area hotels, motels and B&Bs. Some hunkered down in parking lots at nearby shopping malls. Yet, just three days later, a short survey of campground owners revealed that Mt Washington Valley’s campsites have fully recovered, are open and taking reservations, and looking forward to a busy summer.
Marilyn O’Boyle at Beach Camping Area along the Saco River in North Conway told the Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce that they had to evacuate campers on Saturday, July 1 due to the storm. Some of their campsites were still down on Sunday but as of July 5, nearly all campsites are open and they’re looking forward to a very busy summer season.
McKenzie Sanders at Saco River Camping Area in North Conway told the chamber that they had to move some of their tent campers close to the Saco River on Saturday, but their campsites are now entirely open. “We’re nearly fully booked for the summer, in fact,” mentioned Sanders, “although there still is limited availability for some dates,” she continued.
According to Bonnie at Glen Ellis Campground in Glen, minor damage was sustained but everything was back to normal by Monday after the storm. All the camping sites are available and reservations are strong for the summer.
Sandy at Danforth Bay Camping and RV Resort in Freedom told the Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce that they did not experience much flooding and had no tree damage due to the storm. In fact, she mentioned that due to their location, flooding is not a problem. All campsites at Danforth Bay Camping and RV Resort are open for the summer.
Likewise, Abby at Woodland Acres Campground in Brownfield confirmed that all campsites are open and the campground is looking forward to a busy summer season.
Marianne Leberman, Recreation and Wilderness Program Leader at the White Mountain National Forest, told the Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce that all the camping sites and day use picnic areas are now open in the National Forest. While a few of the natural swimming holes were closed over the weekend due to high water from the rain, they have now been re-opened. However, as Marianne cautions, “the water levels are still high in many of the White Mountain National Forest rivers and tributaries, so people should pay careful attention and proceed in and around these water areas with caution.”
Mt Washington Valley, NH offers up a wide range of camping options for everyone from tent campers to RV owners. From huts to yurts, camping enthusiasts will find plenty of wonderful choices for not only camping but recreation in Mt Washington Valley. For more information on campgrounds and places to stay and play, visit www.MtWashigntonvalley.org or call 800-367-3364 (800-DO-SEE-NH). To learn more about vacationing in New Hampshire, go to www.VisitNH.gov.
PR Manager, Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce