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Tripoli Road

Tranquil camping in the White Mountains


Last updated: by Olha Savych
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Tripoli Road is a charming narrow pass running through the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Also known as Forest Road 30, the drive runs from a town of Woodstock in Grafton County to the Waterville Valley. The road is 13.4 mi (21.6 km) long with no steep sections, even though it climbs up towards the Thornton Gap. The latter is a pass in the White Mountains with an elevation of 1,519 ft (462 m) above the sea level. The surface of Tripoli Road has paved and unpaved sections, both in excellent condition. The drive turns into the dirt only when you reach the summit of the Thornton Gap.

The road closes in winter. The best time to visit is during the roadside camping season that runs from mid-May to October. You can set up a camp and spend there as much time as you want. The only thing you have to do it to pay fees. The rates are set per vehicle and vary depending on the weekday. Thus, on for a mid-week period, you’ll pay around $20, and for weekends—$25. After covering the fees, feel free to organize your camp, chop wood, make bonfires, and enjoy the tranquility of the White Mountains. However, make sure to bring enough water with you as there are no water sources in the area.