Camp News

'Extension Season' (August 26 - September 9) Has Room For You!
The end of August sliding into early September is a quieter time at Cold River Camp, as children return to school, the nights grow cooler and autumn is knocking on the door. Camp transitions from 'full service' to partial service. Dinner and breakfast are still served up in the lodge, and lunch fixings are set out for you in the morning. Bring your own sleeping bag to put on the mattress in your cabin. Go on a led hike, or an outing of your own. There is still lots of space available. Come for a week or just a couple nights and enjoy!

New Dining Room Project Status Update
In May the Cold River Camp Committee set in motion a project to create a new dining room extension to the Conant Lodge, slated for completion for the 2018 season.

Feedback was also invited from the CRC community on the project, and quite a bit has been received.

The CRC Committee met July 18 via conference call to discuss the feedback provided to date and decided at that point that there will not be a new dining room for 2018. There were enough concerns voiced that proceeding for 2018 would have been significantly disruptive to the ongoing harmony of the CRC community.

Moving forward, we see this project as part of the bigger picture of ensuring the Lodge is well-positioned to provide a very positive guest experience in the future, in terms of layout, structural health, usage/service patterns and equipment. As part of the process, we will facilitate a more extensive dialog with the Camp community, and as a consequence the proposed design may change

Camp Opening
Camp Opening occurred the weekend of May 13, once again under the cheerful coordination of Bill Waste and the help of lots of enthusiastic volunteers. Thanks to all of you! Late that Saturday afternoon many gathered with Meg Holland and family for an observance for her husband and long-time CRC and CTA volunteer Dwight Wilder, who passed away earlier this year. There were many fond personal recollections.

Can I Still Make a Reservation?
The Camp is at full capacity every week, 1 through 9, of our Summer season. Extra thanks goes to our registrar Lois Winkler for handling that reservation volume. How many guest bed-nights do you suppose she has processed over her decades of handling reservation requests?

Extension Season (August 26 - September 10) and Self-Service Season (September 11 - October 5) still have plenty of availability. Enjoy CRC's classic hikes, bikes, and paddles - but in cooler weather, with crisp, starry nights; and fall foliage. For Self-Service you can now pay for a reservation by credit card - see the Rest of Year / Off-Season Info page here: 2017 Self Service Information. Thanks especially to Ned Beecher, who was chief instigator and implementer for that new capability.

Winter Cabin is also open for reservations for the 2017-18 winter season at $85/night for the cabin, which sleeps up to six.

'Bird Camp'
Our Camp is utilized by various groups on many weekends between Opening and Closing, including outings from AMC Chapters, and the Chatham Trails Association for local trails maintenance. New this year was a birders' weekend, May 19-20, during peak songbird migration. We may be looking at the start of a new tradition!

Chatham, NH Is Celebrating Its 250th Anniversary!
Residents of Chatham are celebrating the town's 250th anniversary this year. Activities and events are occurring monthly, and we, the CRC community, are invited to attend. See here for more details!

Video Highlights from Summer 2016
Thanks for a great summer! Check out these videos from Summer 2016 - thanks Jamie and Tom!

An aerial drone video of CRC, courtesy of Jamie Doucett. Shot on a DJI Phantom III

A timelapse of "Breakfast on Baldface", courtesy of Tom Weinreich


The Appalachian Mountain Club’s Cold River Camp is a wonderful vacation destination for experiencing the charms of the White Mountains. Local hiking trails abound, from easy to challenging. Open summits, vast forests, cascading brooks, secluded pools. The Presidentials and North Conway are within striking distance for day trips, as are the Saco and Androscoggin Rivers.

Settle into your cabin for a week or partial week. Enjoy a hot breakfast in the lodge and make your trail lunch. Head out with other guests on one of the guided hikes offered daily and arrive back in time for a dip in the Cold River. Or do your own thing - hike, swim, paddle, bike or simply relax.

Discuss the day over a delicious dinner family-style in the lodge or sometimes picnic-style on the north lawn, then chat on the lodge porch, join in the evening activity or an impromptu board game, read a book in the library, play ping-pong in the rec hall, or prepare for the Friday night talent show.

Cold River Camp rests in the beautiful and undeveloped Cold River Valley, nestled in the White Mountains National Forest, a three to four hour drive from the Boston area. Community- oriented, family-friendly, guests have been enjoying outdoor adventures here since 1919

Last update 7/21/2017