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10 Popular Connecticut RV Camping Spots

According to many historians, the beloved United States Constitution may have its roots firmly planted in Connecticut. It is believed that the ideas for writing the country’s doctrine came from the constitution of Connecticut. In 1959, the Connecticut General Assembly officially named Connecticut “the Constitution State”. Other popular nicknames over the years have been “the Nutmeg State” or from American Revolution days – “the Provisions State”. Whichever nickname you favor for this beautiful state, you won’t have any problems finding a favorite Connecticut RV camping spot.

Yale University by David Marks for NextRV.co 10 Popular Connecticut RV Camping Spots
Yale University by David Marks

10 Popular Connecticut RV Camping Spots

Aces High RV Park – East Lyme

Aces High RV Park is a small well-cared-for campground in southeastern Connecticut near the town of Easy Lyme. With its own small swimming pool, a private fishing pond (catch and release only), paddleboat rentals and a game room, there is a lot to keep your family members busy. A volleyball court, a kid’s playground and other outdoor activities offer even more exercise opportunities. The nearby Essex Steamboat and Riverboat excursions and Mystic Seaport and Aquarium offer plenty of sightseeing fun. Adults will enjoy the local casinos and many dining choices.

Long, level sites offer easy pull-through entry and exit with some back-in sites also available. There is great spacing between the sites. Both the pads and roads are built of finely-packed gravel. Full hookups at each site offer water, electric (30 and 50 amp service) as well as sewer service. Free wi-fi is also provided for registered guests. Fire rings and picnic tables are provided for each site. The park offers gated security with a key card required to go in and out. Clean bathhouse offers two showers each for men and women. The small camp store is well supplied and offers propane sales on-site.

Bear Creek Campground – Bristol

The town of Bristol, Connecticut is known for its heart. In fact the town’s motto is “All Heart”. The community is definitely living up to it with its many philanthropic activities, community events and charitable groups. The arts are alive in this small town with the Bristol Brass & Wind Ensemble and the Bristol Choral Society providing music and charm. If you’re traveling with kids, there is no place better to take them than Lake Compounce. This premier amusement park is designed to keep kids happy and it doesn’t disappoint. The park is adjacent to the campground. In fact, you can buy discounted admission tickets and grab a free ride on the park shuttle – takes you right to the gates!

Bear Creek Campground offers spacious pull-through entry and exit sites with both pads and roadways made up of packed gravel. Any size rig can be easily accommodated with each site allowing for the parking of two vehicles. The park offers electrical choices of 20/30/50 amp service at the different sites. Water and free cable are also included but there is no sewer. A septic dump station is available for no charge near the entrance to the campground. New comfort stations with sparkling clean bathrooms and showers are located throughout the park. Kids and pets are welcomed (pets on a leash please). A firepit and picnic table are located at each site. A small camp store and laundry facilities add a touch of convenience.

Countryside RV Park – Griswold

Located off of I395 almost halfway between New London, CT and Providence, RI, Countryside RV Park is sure to become a family favorite for Connecticut RV camping. The quiet country atmosphere is misleading as it is actually located close to a lot of area attractions. The nearby town of Mystic has the Olde Mystic Village as well as the Mystic Seaport and Aquarium which are all not to be missed. With an easy drive up the freeway, you can be in Rhode Island within a half an hour and spend a fun day seeing the sights. Lovely roadways and trails surround the campground where you can walk, hike or bike at your leisure.

The extra-large, spacious sites are this park’s claim to fame. Even the largest rig will have no trouble handling the wide roads and easy parking. There is lots of room between the sites which are all level and come with their own campfire rings. There are just over 100 sites on the property with a choice of lawn, pond or wooded views. Full hookups are offered with the majority offering 50 amp power service and about a third with 30 amp service. Water and sewer hookups also at each site. Park boasts a swimming pond with a sand beach as well as a separate fishing pond (stocked for catch and release only). Kids and pets (registered guests only) are welcome.

Connecticut Pond by David Mark for NextRV.co 10 Popular Connecticut RV Camping Spots
Connecticut Pond by David Mark

Cozy Hills Campground – Bantam

With this park being pretty well off the beaten path, you would think there wasn’t much to do in the area. Only two hours from New York City, this park is actually the perfect place to stay away from it all. With so much to do, you may run out of time before you run out of fun options. The hosts and owners are part of the charm with this campground. They are helpful and enjoy getting to know their guests. A large part of the entertainment at Cozy Hills revolves around the weekly themed events and the weekend entertainment. There is ALWAYS something fun going on here. With playgrounds, regular bingo games and several horseshoe pits, you can keep busy or relax. Several small ponds offer fishing or boating while swimming can be done in the park’s pool.

Large pull-through sites as well as back-in entry/exits are available. Some of the sites for the largest rigs are gravel and powered with 50 amp service. Some sites do offer full hookups while others are more rustic by design. For those with sewer hookups, there is a septic dump station at the entrance to the park. Nice, clean bathrooms are free and open 24/7 for guests. Free wi-fi is offered to all sites and campers. A small camp store stocks necessities as well as propane service. Kids and pets are welcome and encouraged to visit.

GrandView CampResort & Cottages – Moodus

For wine lovers and aficionados, Grandview is conveniently located along the Connecticut Wine Trail. Two of the eight participating wineries are within a couple of minutes of the campground. Golfers will get their fill of the links with the Black Birch Golf Course and the Fox Hopyard Golf Club both nearby. Casinos, riverboat excursions and great fishing are all available to keep your party happy. Devil’s Hopyard and Day Pond State Parks will provide hours of communing with nature and enjoying the countryside. Nearby Moodus Lake offers fishing, kayaking and swimming opportunities for waterlovers.

Very large, pull-through sites offer easy entry/exit for even the biggest rigs and toads. They are very level with gravel base and each includes a fire ring and picnic table. Full hookups boast water, sewer and power (20, 30 and 50 amp available). Property is well-lit with unobtrusive pagoda lighting. Camp fills up fast so reservations are highly recommended. Clean showers and laundry facilities. Kids and pets are welcome. Be sure to ask the camp host for a campfire story – she writes them herself!

Hammonasset Beach State Park – Madison

With miles of beach to comb and even more miles of bike trails to explore, outdoor enthusiasts will love the Hammonasset Beach State Park just outside of Madison. Relaxation is high on the list when you visit this campground. You can spend hours strolling the beach and the boardwalk. Connecticut’s largest shoreline state park boasts over 2 miles of sandy beach to enjoy the sun and surf. Predictable winds allow for some of the best kite flying in the state while the surrounding area hosts fantastic wildlife watching opportunities. Meigs Point Nature Center offers year-round activities and programs designed for all ages.

Pets are only allowed in the park during the off-season (Nov 1 – Apr 1) and must be on a leash even then. Campground is kid and family friendly. Pull-through sites are available on a limited basis for big rig parking. Partial hookups include power (30 and 50 amp service) and water. Several dump stations situated throughout the park. Each parking loop has it’s own comfort station with clean showers. Each loop also offered dish washing stations, drinking water spigots and large dumpsters. Entire camp is kept immaculately clean. Well stocked camp store with friendly staff is conveniently located near entrance.

Clinton Harbor by Pattey Bleecker for NextRV.co 10 Popular Connecticut RV Camping Spots
Clinton Harbor by Pattey Bleecker

Riverdale Farm Campsites – Clinton

Not farm from the beaches of New York’s Long Island, this historic colonial farm is a delightful place to stay. Access is easy from any direction off of either I-95 or I-91. The 100-acre farm is conveniently situated between the wandering Hammonasset River and a scenic country road. There is a lot of nature to be enjoyed in the area with Long Island Sound a short ways away. Paddling and kayaking are popular ways to enjoy the native birds and wildlife. The park itself has plenty to keep even the toughest critic entertained. Swimming is encouraged in the spring-fed pond while trout fishing is fantastic right on the Hammonasset River. Sports lovers will enjoy all of the different courts: basketball, tennis, volleyball and shuffleboard are just a few. Special events occur regularly and provide a fun way to get to know your fellow campers. The younger set may enjoy the rec room with the arcades, ping pong and pool tables.

Full hookups include either 30 or 50 amp power service. Wi-fi is available to all registered guests. The sites are level gravel with the nice roads leading into the pull-through and back-in entry/exit access. A firepit, patio and picnic table grace each site. Clean, modern restrooms have nice hot showers with plenty of water pressure. The camp store is well-provisioned and carries propane. There is a dump station for guests as well as a portable sewer dumping service available. The laundromat has newer model washers and dryers.

Salem Farms Campground – Salem

This gorgeous campground is located in the rural Salem, Connecticut area on over 150 acres. It is a family owned and operated park that works to ensure their guests have a good time. Along with the planned activities at the campground, you will find plenty to do in the immediate area and close by towns. Devil’s Hopyard State Park and the Mystic Seaport are just a short drive away. Numerous museums offer activities for every member of your party. Gillette Castle, the USS Nautilus Memorial and the Mashantucket Pequot Museum are all must-see spots. Foxwood’s Resort and Mohegan Sun Casino provide plenty of adult entertainment and fun. Lovers of watersports and beaches will enjoy nearby Gardner Lake or Lake Hayward. The camp boasts two lovely pools along with plenty of sporting spots including volleyball, basketball and tennis courts, a horseshoe pit and shuffleboard. Kids and pets are welcome.

Extremely spacious sites offer a minimum of about 2000 square feet and measure in at around 40 x 50 feet. There is plenty of room for even the biggest rigs on the road. Each site has electrical hookups of either 30 or 50 amp service. A fresh water hookup and a gray water receptacle for sink and shower water is also located at each site. A service is available for black water removal as well as a sewer dump station on a nearby property. Free wi-fi and cable TV are offered to every camper. Depending on which you prefer and what is available, you may have a choice of sites that are shady or open, grassy or clear. Clean laundry facilities and a well-provisioned camp store are conveniently located on site.

Gillette Castle by Rachel Bostwick for NextRV.co 10 Popular Connecticut RV Camping Spots
Gillette Castle by Rachel Bostwick

West Thompson Lake COE – North Grosvernordale

Regular campers know the value of the COE (Corp of Engineers) campgrounds throughout the country. The one of West Thompson Lake outside of North Grosvernordale is no exception. Once you’ve experienced this lovely camp, it will quickly become one of your favorite Connecticut RV camping destinations. The 200-acre West Thompson Lake is actually just a small part of the property. With over 1800 acres managed by park rangers, there is a lot of diversity and an abundance of natural resources to enjoy. Photographers and bird watchers are in for a treat with the opportunities to see rare wildlife. The clear air also offers spectacular views of the night skies. Hunting, fishing, boating and a wide range of outdoor activities await even the most laid back camper at this gorgeous campground. Nature programs are offered so you can make the best of your visit.

Although the private sites are back-in entry/exit only, there is plenty of room to park most types of RVs from truck-back pop-ups all the way up to 45-foot big rigs (depending on the individual site). This wooded campground has level gravel pads and roadways. The 11 premium sites offer water and electrical hookups with 30 amp power service. A dump station is conveniently located at the park’s entrance. A comfort station provides clean restrooms with flush toilets and hot shower facilities. Firewood is available for purchase. Park rangers and campground hosts are always available and on-site.

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