- Maximum occupancy per site: 1 or 2 vehicles; 6 people (excluding minor children accompanied by a parent).
- Check-in time: 2 p.m. Check-out time: 12 p.m.
- Quiet hours: 10 p.m. to 7 a.m.
- Alcoholic beverages: Prohibited at most campgrounds. Details can be found on each park’s website and in the reservation system details.
- Generator use: Prohibited during quiet hours. Check with the specific park for additional restrictions.
- Campfires: Allowed in designated rings or pits, following local advisories.
- Drone use: Prohibited.
244 West Main Street (Route 156), East Lyme, Niantic, CT 06357
Located on Long Island Sound, Rocky Neck State Park features a sandy beach, salt marshes, and boulders left behind by Ice Age glaciers that are typical of coastal Connecticut. Viewing platforms allow families and photographers to observe ospreys, cranes, herons, and other birds in their natural salt marsh environment. Fishing and crabbing are popular activities; so is swimming at the sandy beach.
More than 130 dry camping sites are available for RVs, with a mix of shady and open sites between four different loops. Facilities include bathrooms, showers, a dump station, and concessions. The campground is in a woodsy area that’s a short walk or bike ride to the beach through a tunnel under train tracks. The park is a small oasis, home to deer, wild turkeys, raccoons, and a wide variety of birds. Rocky Neck makes a great camping base to set off for the charming towns and beaches of Connecticut’s Gold Coast.
159 Macedonia Brook Road, Kent, CT 06757
Close to Connecticut’s western border with New York, Macedonia Brook State Park’s 2,300 wooded acres offer access to the Blue Trail. This notable hiking trail crosses Cobble Mountain and several other peaks, providing panoramic views of the Catskill and Taconic mountains. The beautiful forest is interspersed with springs and streams. In addition to hiking, activities in the park include fishing, picnicking, playing on a variety of sports fields, and visiting the park’s historic area.
The park’s small campground includes just over 20 RV sites, well spaced out in small loops, providing a good amount of privacy. Sites are in a variety of settings among the woods, in an open meadow, or up against the brook. The outhouses and the lack of hookups or a dump station make the experience rustic. Macedonia Brook is perfectly suited for a weekend getaway to camp and hike in pristine wilderness that’s just over 50 miles from the busy cities on the Connecticut coast.
929 Hopeville Road, Griswold, CT 06351
This 544-acre park encompasses the Pachaug River, which was a major fishing ground for the Mohegan Tribe until the 19th century. Stone weirs, constructed by the Mohegans to direct water flow and fish, are visible when the river waters are low. Fishing is still a popular activity at the park, as are hiking, biking, bird watching, and swimming and boating in Hopeville Pond.
The campground offers 11 sites with electric hookups. Another 65 without hookups are available for RVs. Facilities include restrooms with showers, potable water, and a dump station. The nearby towns of Griswold and Lisbon offer a variety of shops and restaurants. Centrally located off I-395 in eastern Connecticut, Hopeville Pond State Park is a good option for an overnight or to use as a base to visit the area.
Connecticut state park campgrounds that accommodate RV camping
American Legion State Forest
Black Rock State Park
Devil’s Hopyard State Park
Hammonasset Beach State Park
Hopeville Pond State Park
Housatonic Meadows State Park
Kettletown State Park
Lake Waramaug State Park
Macedonia Brook State Park
Mashamoquet Brook State Park
Pachaug State Forest
Rocky Neck State Park
Salt Rock State Park
Wolf Den State ParkFor more information on Connecticut state park campgrounds, visit portal.ct.gov/DEEP/State-Parks/Connecticut-State-Parks-and-Forests.