Camp News

New Dining Room to be ready for 2018!
At its May 13, 2017 meeting, the Cold River Camp Committee voted to proceed with a project to expand the north porch dining area into a new dining room to accommodate all guests, providing seating for up to 80 people. The current dining area between the back of the fireplace and the kitchen will be used for guest trail lunch preparation and other purposes. This project will dovetail nicely into future efforts to renovate the kitchen.

The Committee believes the new dining room will provide an improved guest experience worth the investment.

The roof shingles, exterior siding and trim will match the appearance of the main lodge. Windows will be double hung sash. The interior will be unpainted wood. The seating arrangement will be eight tables, each with ten seats, perpendicular to a 6’ wide north-south center aisle.

The new dining room will be ready for the 2018 season, with construction beginning this fall and completed next spring. Frank Mastro, our long-time CRC Facilities Manager, is overseeing the project. The contractor for this project is Todd Flagg, a local builder who has done other work for CRC, and who also is a volunteer with both Cold River Camp and the Chatham Trails Association.

The project will cost about $60,000.

AMC approval of the project was received on June 5, 2017.

For a more extensive project description, including the various considerations, see the New Dining Room Project Description.

While the basic design is set, you may make suggestions that it may be possible to incorporate if the Committee feels they are improvements to the design. Please email to Gary Munson at, or write your suggestion on a piece of paper and drop it into the box labeled “New Dining Room Project Feedback/Suggestions Box” in the sitting area of the Lodge when in Camp. Your input must be received by August 31. Thank you!

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 6/19/2017