Dolly Copp Campground Renovation Project

Dolly Copp Campground in Gorham, NH is undergoing a multi-year renovation project as of September 26, 2016. Many of the campground components are falling into significant disrepair; especially the water, wastewater and road systems. Buildings are in various stages of deterioration and few meet the accessibility needs of visitors.

 

Current Status - June, 2018

 

For the 2018 camping season, Dolly Copp Campground will have a delayed opening until late June or early July due to ongoing construction work.  Construction has been occurring throughout the campground since the end of the season last October and now the focus of the work is on the south half of the campground to get it to where it is safe to open to the public for camping.  When the campground opens, the south half will be open to camping and the north half will be closed except for the main road to allow for construction to continue in that area throughout the summer.

 

The exterior of a newly constructed bathroom with an accessible path leading to it.Photo shows a urinal and two sinks, each spotless and new.Newly installed electric and water hookups adorn a campsite.

The south half of the campground will have water and electric hookups at 20 campsites along Hayes Field and Riverside Drive, 5 new restroom buildings (2 with showers), reconstructed roads with fresh pavement, and all new underground water and electrical systems.  Campsites will again be available on a first come first served basis and reservations will not be accepted.  We will have a better idea of an opening date as we get into the month of June.”

We understand this may impact the visitor experience and apologize for any inconvenience that may occur. We hope you will agree that the upgrades will be worth the wait! Thank you for your patience!

Construction Impacts to Visitors

Access to the Great Gulf Link and Daniel Webster trails from the campground will be temporarily detoured or closed for safety reasons during some phases of construction:

Great Gulf Link Trail:
A 2018 Update of closure shows full campground closed and temporary trailhead near the main gate.

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The trailhead is temporarily inaccessible and is closed as it is located within the portion of the campground that will be closed for construction. The trail is accessible from the south where it intersects with the Great Gulf Trail near the Great Gulf Wilderness trailhead parking area, which is located 2 miles south of Dolly Copp on Rt. 16. From this intersection, the trail will remain open traveling north for 0.5 mile to a point outside of the campground where it will be closed off with no access to the campground and hikers will need to double back to the Great Gulf Trail.

Daniel Webster Scout Trail

A temporary detour is in place due to the trailhead being located within the portion of the campground that is closed for construction (see campground closure map).  The trail detour starts from the Forest Rd. 72 gate just west of the main entrance to the campground along Pinkham B Rd.  Parking is available in this area adjacent to the gate.  Look for signs to the temporary parking area.  From here, the trail follows a logging road turning back south that parallels the campground to a point where it intersects the Daniel Webster Scout Trail and continues on its original course up Mt. Madison.  Hikers coming down from Mt. Madison also need to follow this detour to the campground.  Signs are in place to help hikers find their way.

Campground Upgrades

Upgrades that are planned during this rennovation include:

  • The water, wastewater and road systems will be reconstructed.Men work underneath a tall crane. They are installing a heavy cement culvert
  • Pedestal hookups with water and electricity will be installed within three campground loops (approximately 55 sites).
  • One sanitary dump station will be constructed.
  • Nine toilet buildings will be upgraded.
  • Three toilet buildings will be converted to add shower facilities.
  • Some campsites and roads will be reconfigured to improve access, traffic flow and parking.
  • Six campsites will be constructed to accommodate volunteers

For more information, contact the Androscoggin Ranger District Office at (603) 466-2713.