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 were falling into significant disrepair; especially the water, wastewater and road systems. Buildings were in various stages of deterioration and few metthe accessibility needs of visitors.

 

Current Status - August 10th, 2018

White Mountain National Forest is pleased to announce that the southern portion of Dolly Copp Campground in Gorham, NH will open on August 10, 2018. Available sites will be on a first come - first served basis, and reservations will not be accepted.

A 2018 Update of closure shows full campground closed and temporary trailhead near the main gate.

Dolly Copp Campground Map as of 08/10. Click for PDF.

We understand that Dolly Copp is a special place for many visitors and throughout the construction they have worked to keep portions of the campground open to accommodate campers. Due to the type of construction work with heavy equipment and increased safety concerns, this summer reached a point in the construction where that wasn’t possible.

It is important to note that not all project work will have been fully completed – just to a point where it is functional and safe enough to open to the public for the remainder of the 2018 camping season.

When the southern half of the campground opens, there will be water and electric hookups at 20 campsites along Hayes Field and Riverside Drive, 5 new restroom buildings, reconstructed roads (most with fresh pavement), and all new underground water and electrical systems.

Campers should expect construction traffic/noise during the day, and fresh earth where improvements have been made.  Construction work on the northern portion of the campground takes place primarily between 6:30 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday-Friday, but could occur outside of these hours.

Visitors are encouraged to be safe and exercise precautions with all family members while in the campground. Construction traffic will be travelling throughout the campground including areas that are open to the public.Visitors must keep out of construction areas and comply with posted information and signs.

Much of the infrastructure being replaced dates back to the 1960’s.Many of the campground’s components were falling into significant disrepair; especially the water, wastewater, and road systems.Buildings were in various stages of deterioration, and few met the accessibility needs of campers.

We understand the impact this has for all those who look forward to camping in this historic campground during the camping season. We hope you will agree that the upgrades will be worth the wait. These renovations will allow future generations to continue to enjoy Dolly Copp for years to come.

Campground Upgrades

 

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.

 

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.