Looking at the map before heading out to Ellsworth confirmed what I thought I already knew. Since Ellsworth falls completely inside the boundary of the White Mountain National Forest, I wasn’t expecting too many roads (paved or otherwise.)


Not many roads equates to not many houses, most of the properties in Ellsworth are camps. The term “camp” can mean lots of things depending on your desired level of comfort.


This camp strikes me as a possibly a hunters camp, to be used mostly in the fall. The owner had a nice collection of old tools proudly displayed. I envisioned the inside to be rustic but comfortable. In contrast, another camp I saw made me think of big family gatherings throughout the summer…


With everyone gathering on the porch to admire the view…




The camp is for sale, so I wasn’t worried about wandering around the property a bit. The lawn hadn’t been mowed in quite a while and the wildflowers were attracting lots of butterflies…


Owning a camp usually means no electricity or running water, almost like stepping back in time…


Since many of the roads are not maintained for winter use, it is likely that these camps aren’t used much after the snow starts to fall. As I rounded the bend in one of the roads, I came upon a lovely waterfall…


As I neared the eastern side of Ellsworth, I came across the Town & School House which was built in 1814. With less than 100 residents, Ellsworth remains the second-smallest community in New Hampshire.


Across the street is the church…


I had driven on every road in Ellsworth. If I wanted to see more, I’d have to try out some of the hiking trails…


In the parking lot, I watched as this gentleman donned his gear for a hike followed by some fishing…


I still think those float tubes are neat! I wasn’t feeling quite up to a hike, so I decided to call it a day. With scenic mountain views, waterfalls and plenty of places to hike, Ellsworth is a great destination if you are looking to get away from it all!


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9 Comments on “Ellsworth”

  1. marthaschaefer August 17, 2015 at 11:01 am #

    Glad you were able to visit during the summer. It looks like the town pretty much closes for the season when winter arrives. I want one of those floaty things!!

    • Touring NH August 17, 2015 at 2:03 pm #

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      I want a float tube too!! Yes, I don’t think Ellsworth would be a good winter destination for me since I don’t ski or own a snow machine.

  2. Sue Slaght August 17, 2015 at 2:34 pm #

    I definitely want one of those float boats! It looks very peaceful in this isolated spot. Your photo of the butterfly is astounding! I am afraid I can never seem to be still or steady enough to get such a capture. Well done!

    • Touring NH August 17, 2015 at 7:49 pm #

      Sue, most of my readers agree, one of those float tubes is a must get item. So easy to transport and while you probably do need the flippers, unless the water is frigid I’d skip the waders. I think the butterfly was so engrossed in the flower, it didn’t care I was there.

  3. New Hampshire Garden Solutions August 17, 2015 at 9:24 pm #

    That waterfall was a great find. It’s a real beauty.

    • Touring NH August 18, 2015 at 8:54 am #

      Yes, it was! Love those kind of surprises on the road.

  4. Marie Keates August 25, 2015 at 7:04 am #

    That sounds like my kind of place!

    • Touring NH August 25, 2015 at 9:37 am #

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      I think you’d really enjoy it there!


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