Camp News

Extension Season 2016
The first two weeks of September are statistically dry and clear, with cool nights, long views, and leaves slowly going gold and red. This is Extension Season at Cold River Camp, with a relaxed pace and some of the best hiking, biking, and kayaking weather of the year. You choose the schedule that fits your needs, from two nights to two weeks. You bring your own linens (and perhaps a sleeping bag), but otherwise enjoy all the normal amenities, including three wholesome meals a day, served mornings and evenings cafeteria style. The rate is $70/person/night (AMC member rate). Use the summer season reservation form and specify the dates of arrival and departure. For more details, see the reservation information at

Self-Service 2016
This year, for the first time, Cold River Camp is open for fall Self-Service! You can enjoy the crisp, colorful days of late September and early October in Evans Notch, visit the nearby Fryeburg Fair, cycle and hike in the quiet season. Bring your sleeping bag, a pillow case and towel, and your own food - and use the camp kitchen. A CRC caretaker will welcome you and be on hand to help make your stay enjoyable. $35/night; reservations up to 24 hours before arrival, Sunday – Thursday nights from September 12th – October 6th. Call Camp (603-694-3291) or the Off Season Manager Ned Beecher (603-387-7869) to make your reservation, and feel free to leave a message, if necessary.

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

Calendar 2017
Already planning your trip to CRC next year? See the 2017 calendar here


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 8/28/2016