While planning for our last trip to the Keene Pumpkin Festival, we decided camping might be our best option since hotels are hard to come by during leaf peeper season here in New England.
The Ashuelot River Campground in Swanzey is five miles from the Festival in Keene, NH. So, we made reservations and headed out in our Minnie Winnie to spend the weekend. And, if you like covered bridges – who doesn’t – the little town of Swanzey has four!
The Ashuelot River Campground is a small family-owned campground on 22 acres with the Ashuelot River running right through it in a peaceful and tranquil way. The owners were very friendly and helpful.
This campground is one of the few in the area open the latter part of October for the Pumpkin Festival, weather permitting, and water hookup depends upon the temperature.
There are a variety of camping sites available and there is a nice play area for the kids. In the summer months, they offer tubing on the river which sounds like a lot of fun.
There are about 70 sites – 7 with full hookups, 11 with water and electric, and the rest have no hookups. We camped at a full-hookup site. These full-hookup sites were sloped so we chuckled a lot because we felt like we were going to roll out of our beds.
When we camp, we prefer full hookups so, as much as I’d like to say for certain that we’d stay here again, I’d have to research and see if they have done any leveling of the full-hookup sites or if there were other options.
The grandkids loved it there not only because it was close to the Pumpkin Festival, but because of the river and the horses in the pasture next to the campground. They never got tired of calling to them and sometimes being able to pet them.
Ashuelot River Campground + Pumpkin Festival = a nice family weekend for all.
Grandson (6) – I liked it.
Granddaughter (11) – Loved the campground because they had horses.