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Glen Ellis Family Campground
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Reviewed August 12, 2012

Beautiful, well cared for campground. Variety of sites from primitive sites you have to carry your gear into, to sites large enough for the biggest rigs. Located between 2 rivers and handy to many attractions and activities. Staff and owners are professional, helpful, and friendly.

Constantly making improvements. They suffered signifigant damage last August due to Hurricane Irene and repairs were made quickly and completely. 3 large bath houses that are cleaned numerous times each day. Beautiful pool, large beach, large green spaces, modern laundry facilities, and beautiful views.

They must be doing something right as I have been bringing my family here every summer for the past 15 years. Highly recommend.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Sandi F
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Reviewed July 31, 2012

I have tent camped in many places across the northeast, but Glen Ellis is by far the best place I've family camped yet! We arrived and checked in with the overly friendly office staff who gave us the lay of the land and the rules of the campground. They also reminded us of the possibility of bear being in camp. We did not see or hear of any while we were there. We made sure to lock all food items in the truck (like they told us) when we were away from the campsite or at night, and had no problems. We found the camp store set up like a small country store with local crafts people's wares for sale as well as all the items you expect at a campground store. The Kureg Coffee machine in the store was a huge plus for us each morning too.The 24 hour gated key card entry is a nice touch, no unwanted visitors or riff raff can get in.

Glen Ellis is a little more pricey than some smaller campgrounds but well worth the little extra cash. First and most importantly, the bathrooms and showers are the cleanest I've ever seen at any campground period. I bumped into the housekeeping staff at least 4 times in the 4 days that we were there. They must clean them a few times a day. The showers are quarter operated, but instantly hot with good water pressure and very clean.

The tent site #123 was great. It is a pine grove area with good canopy cover to keep out most sunlight. But not heavily wooded, which kept the bugs down alot. It was a little dusty until it rained very hard overnight the first night. But the site drained well, and everything was dry by noon time. The site had room for our 9 person tent, a screen tent, 2 clothes lines, full size pickup truck, and plenty of room for the fire pit and lounging.

We brought our own tubes for tubing the Saco river, and were a little concerned about the low water levels in every river and small stream we saw on the way up from CT. We were pleasantly surprised that even though the river was a little lower than normal it was still excellent for tubing. I agree with the past posts and stress the need for water shoes as the river is very rocky, but that is also part of it's beauty.

Our 7 year old son loved tubing the river, the playscape, game room, swimming pool, and we played wiffle ball on the very nice baseball field one evening before dark. We ate every meal at the campsite but there are plenty of restaurants very close by if you choose to go that route.

We hiked into Diana's Bath twice which is only a 7 minute drive from Glen Ellis. If you like family camping everything is here or close to Glen Ellis. We will definately be staying at Glen Ellis again when we come back to the White Mountains of N. H.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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3  Thank Gary H
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Reviewed June 22, 2012

My daughter and I spent the night here after a day at Storyland. At $40/ night, it is expensive for a campground, but cheaper than a hotel, and we are good at car camping.

The Pros: the river setting (on the Saco side, especially) can't be beat. The campsites are sandy, which seemed to cut down on the bugs, and shady, which was great. The river is wide and shallow, but we were glad we had water shoes, as it is a rocky river and hard to wade without them. The bathhouse was a quarter mile away, but it's a campground - who cares? It was clean and well-cared for. There is a huge field (for group sites) in between the river and the bathhouse that has a great view of some low-lying mountains. The folks we met were pleasant, helpful, and respectful of campground noise. We were in the 12-14-16 range, and I would recommend those sites to others.

the Cons: it's a private campground, so there is a swimming pool, a rec hall, and the night we were there, a country-rock band. This isn't my idea of camping, but if it is yours, then you will love it. It was a Tuesday, so the band quit playing by 9:30 or 10 pm, and the river muffled alot of the music, so it was okay. Also, we were there when it wasn't that full. I would imagine that if you go in the height of summer, the campsites would seem awfully close together.

Also, there are bears. The owners are doing what they can to tell people, including coming around in the evening, but a bear came by in the night and knocked some stuff over in the campsite next to ours. I have camped out west, where the bear problem is real, and my only recommendation is that either the campground install bear lockers, or tell people to put EVERYTHING in their car at night - anything that smells like food (including clothes) or toothpaste and other toiletries. From what I know, black bears will go away if you make noise, but still, who wants a bear 2 feet away from you while you are in your tent?

I don't want to detract from the beauty of the campsite by the bear story. I would recommend this campground to others.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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4  Thank WittmannAbroad
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Reviewed January 9, 2012

Went here for the second time this past August. It has plenty of room to play, swim and camp. As a group, we pitched tents in the open space, and also near the perimeter where a stream runs. Place has great service as the front desk provides friendly, personable check-in and check-out process. It is a great location too - peaceful, relaxing and a stone's throw away from local restaurants and StoryLand!

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with friends
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1  Thank 8Friar4
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Reviewed September 12, 2011

This is our second visit. We were here in 2005 and loved it. In '06 we got a dog. We thought that meant no more Glen Ellis. On a whim this spring I looked at the website and was thrilled to see they take dogs in September.
When we arrived the staff was apologizing for the condition of the campground since Hurricane Irene had slammed them hard with major flooding. But the place is in great shape. They are working tirelessly to fix things up. Don't hesitate to camp here. It's beautiful, clean, clean, clean and spacious, so many types of sites to choose from. Top notch service and lots to do in the area.

  • Stayed: September 2011
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2  Thank CowHampshireTrio
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