Although it’s known as “the sandy state,” for all its beaches and shoreline camping, inland camping in Rhode Island are as beautiful, diverse, and exciting as those along the ocean. If you want the best of both worlds — woodland and ocean, you’re in luck. There are many campgrounds less than 30 minutes from the beach. So, you can spend the day at the beach, and enjoy the quiet woods of your campsite inland— you know. In case there’s a tsunami in the middle of the night. It never hurts to be practical and safe.
Camping in Rhode Island – Moonlight Meadows Farm Campground
With four bookable sites, and room for at least that many tents, the camping experience here is personal and pleasant. Moonlight Meadows is a Hipcamp. Hipcamp is a means for the property owner to help cover the expensive taxes that owning land creates. This property is split out of an old farm that has become overgrown over the years. Mostly forest now, and tucked in behind other properties, you’ll have the illusion that you are in a National Forest. Wildlife is abundant, and if you enjoy waking up to deer, turkeys, foxes and more around you—this might be your dream campground. You have to bring your own water, there are no hookups.
Camping in Rhode Island – Bowdish Lake Campground
40 Safari Rd., West Glocester, RI 02814
Phone: (401) 568-8890
Bowdish Lake Campground is a two-hundred wooded acre, 300-acre lake, with a 30-acre pond. The campground borders state park with marked hiking trails. Bowdish Lake Camping Area is essentially a facility to accommodate families who wish to camp season-long at a facility that is well-maintained and wholesome in character. Maximum trailer length is 35 feet long. They do provide short-term camping for those campers who respect their rules and their intent.
- Water & Electricity – All Sites
- Cable on Sites
- Some Sewer Sites
- 5 Dumping Stations
- Honey Wagon Service
- 6 Modern Bath Houses
- Coin Showers
- Sites average 100 ft.
- Sites Heavily Wooded
- 2 Recreation Halls
- Recreation Pavilion
- Snack Bar
- Picnic Tables
- Camp Store
- Basic Camping Needs
- Basic Grocery Needs
Camping in Rhode Island – Charlestown Breachway Campground
Charlestown Beach Road
Charlestown, RI 02813
Phone: (401) 364-7000 or (401) 322-8910
The term breachway is not a misspelling of the word “beach.” In 1904, the townsfolk of Charlestown Beach asked the General Assembly to appropriate monies for a permanent “breachway.” They explained that the natural breach in the area was filled in by the tides depositing sand, thereby creating a barrier that separated the pond from the ocean. A permanent breach, they argued, would prevent the water in Ninigret/Pawaget/ Charlestown pond from becoming brackish and unfit for the cultivation and harvesting of oysters, an industry important to the area. The General Assembly agreed and the breach was built.
Located on the east side of “the Breachway” is a camping area with sites for 75 self-contained RV’s, a state beach, some of the best saltwater fishing in South County. There are no hookups. The Charlestown Breachway does not have accommodations for canvas or tent camping. All camping units must have permanent holding tanks for potable water, grey water, and black water. Any bathroom equipment must be permanently fixed to the unit. Sorry van dwellers. Unless your van conversion meets these requirements keep moving. There is a restroom, but it has no shower facilities. There’s a day-use area with parking for 100 cars, a boat ramp and a parking area for boat trailers. There is a lifeguard on duty. No animals allowed.
Camping in Rhode Island – Fishermen’s State Park and Campground
1011 Point Judith Rd
Narragansett, Rhode Island 02882
Phone: (401) 789-8374
Although it’s an angler’s and camper’s paradise now, the history of Fisherman’s State Park is both deeper and darker than its tourist reputation today. Located on Point Judith Neck, the farthest extension of the Rhode Island mainland into the Atlantic, the area is subject to rough storms, a dangerous ledge, and crisscrossing tides. The first lighthouse to guide sailors into Narragansett Bay was first erected in 1810. In colonial times, the peninsula was used by the local Narragansett Planters as a natural corral for their flocks of sheep, herds of cattle, and their famous Narragansett Pacers, a popular breed of riding horses. Simply by fencing off the northern neck, a gigantic, protected meadow was created.
Point Judith’s most important historical role, however, occurred in the war years of the 1940s. Naval strategists considered Narragansett Bay as the best safe haven and rallying point for of any place from Cape Cod to Cape Hatteras and rivaled only by Hampton Roads, Virginia.
From Fort Greene at Point Judith to Fort Church in Little Compton, a series of coastal artillery emplacements guarded the water approaches to significant shipyards, torpedo and Quonset Hut factories, test firing ranges, ammunition storage dumps, material staging areas, destroyer and aircraft carrier berths, and the Newport Naval Station and War College. Offshore electric warning systems intercepted potential submarine attacks. Minefields were installed, and nets were strung across the Bay entrances.
Fort Greene, at Point Judith, was divided into three distinct “reservations,” East, West, and South. In the East Reservation, known as Battery Hamilton, a two-gun battery featuring 16” guns was installed in the year between September of 1940 and September of 1941. The shells fired from these guns weighed over a ton each; they could reach a distance out to sea of 26 miles. Paired with a matched set in Little Compton the arcs covered by these batteries overlapped, making the surface approach by enemy ships towards Narragansett Bay highly problematical. These guns were housed in concrete bunkers and covered by earth and appeared from the outside and from above as low coastal hills.
Within the bunkers were radio rooms and ammunition storage. A second battery was begun at the West Reservation of Fort Greene, now Fishermen’s Memorial, but was never completed. What was completed was a command post in an observation silo to assist in directing fire. The silo, still standing and now used as a park headquarters, was designed to look like a farm complex. It is just one of the small number of surviving structures marking Rhode Island’s participation in World War II.
Today there are 182 campsites in ‘seaside village’ atmosphere. Campers will find neatly trimmed grass, tree-lined paths, and a variety of family activities. Whether you’re looking for a place to pitch a tent and enjoy a campfire, or park your R.V. and play some basketball or tennis, Fishermen’s can accommodate you. One of Fishermen’s most attractive features is its close proximity to popular State Beach areas like Scarborough, Roger Wheeler, and Salty Brine. The Park is also just 1 mile from the Block Island Ferry Dock.
- Pull-thru Sites
- Pets Allowed
- Big Rig Access
- Tent Camping
- Full Hookup
- Electric (50 AMP)
- Electric (30 AMP)
Camping in Rhode Island – Ashaway RV Resort
235 Ashaway Rd
Bradford, Rhode Island 02808
Phone: (401) 377-8100
Ashaway is family friendly RV resort with 260 campsites that can accommodate everything from “Pop Up Campers” to “Class A Motorhomes.” There are pull-through sites available for larger rigs, full RV hookups with 20/30/50 amp service available. If you don’t want to camp, there are one and two bedroom fully equipped cottages for rent as well.
- Complimentary Wi-Fi / Cable TV
- Daily and seasonal rates
- Pet-Friendly Camping
- Small and Large Dog Park
- Clean Comfort Stations with Complimentary Hot Showers
- State of the Art Handicapped Accessible Pool w/ Wading Pool
- 15 minutes to Rhode Island Beaches
- Modern Clean bathrooms that are Handicap Accessible
- Children’s Splash Pad Play Area
- Heated Adult only Hot Tub
Camping in Rhode Island – Ginny B Campground
7 Harrington Rd
Foster, Rhode Island 02825
Phone: (401) 397-9477
Located next door to a golf course, Ginny B has 200 campsites, most with water and electric and some with sewer. There are two dumping stations onsite. There’s a firepit and picnic table at each campsite. They’ve been in business for over 50 years and enjoy campers and their families. They have eight modern restrooms with free hot showers and flush toilets. There’s a coin-operated laundry on site, as well as a camp store. The water is not only potable, it’s state tested for purity.
- Small fry fishing
- 2 Recreation halls
- Ice & wood available
- Pets on leashes are welcome
- Horseshoe courts
- Volleyball court
- Basketball court
- 2 Softball diamonds
- Lending library
Camping in Rhode Island – Whispering Pines Campground
41 Saw Mill Road
Hope Valley, RI 02832
Phone: (401) 539.7011
Good Sam rated Whispering Pines Campground an 8.5 / 8 / 8; Woodalls gives it 4 “W”s. There are camping options for everyone, from tent campers to RVs, and rental cabins with air conditioning, a sink with running water, and a refrigerator if you want to stay in comfort without an RV. Campsites are located among 50 acres of wood pine trees.
Tent sites include clean restrooms and complimentary hot showers. RVers can look forward to full hookups, pull-thru sites, two dump stations, and a laundry facility.
- Large wooded sites for Tents, Trailers, RV’s
- Full hookups, pull-thru & seasonal sites available
- Clean restrooms
- Complimentary hot showers
- Camp store stocked with groceries and RV supplies
- Laundry facility
- Dump station
- Propane filling station
- Swimming Pool
- Miniature Golf
- Barrel Train
- Complimentary rowboats and canoes
- Spring-fed fishing pond stocked yearly for catch and release
- Athletic Field
- Rec-Hall w/ arcade
- Snack Bar
- Recreational Activities
- Dog Park
Camping in Rhode Island – Melville Ponds Campground
181 Bradford Avenue
Portsmouth, RI 02871
Phone: (401) 682-2424
Melville Ponds Campground is one of the few places for tent campers on Aquidneck Island. The rates are reasonable, and the accommodations are great. Each tent site is level and has a picnic table and fire pit. They offer very clean bathrooms, including six locking, private, gender-neutral bathrooms with showers, as well as a women and men’s bathrooms, each with 2-4 stalls, showers, and sinks. Reviewers on Yelp and other sites all give it a strong thumbs up for cleanliness and quiet.
The camp store sells wood and lots of other necessities at good prices – no “jacked-up” campground prices. The camp store prices and in-town prices for the same items are the same price. The tent sites are little nooks, so you have greenery all around you on three sides. The sites are close enough to say hello to neighbors, but also offer everyone privacy. RVers, the campground has complete hookups and a dump station. If you have an RV or camper consider staying in the lower area with all the lovely old trees rather than the lot next to the camp store, thought the lot next to the store might be more convenient for very large rigs.
Camping in Rhode Island – Burlingame State Park
1 Burlingame State Park
Charlestown, RI 02813
Phone: (401) 322-7994
The campground here features 755 rustic campsites and 20 cabins with conveniently located restrooms with shower facilities, a playground, arcade, freshwater beach, canoe rentals and hiking trails. Utilities are not available at any of the campsites, but there are centrally located facilities. Activities at the park include fishing, swimming, picnicking, boating and hiking. The area north of Buckeye Brook Road, abutting the Pawcatuck River, is primarily a hunting area.
The Burlingame State Park is a historic park, with 3,100 acres of rocky woodland that surrounds Watchaug Pond in Charlestown. The park was first a hunting reserve in the 30s, and only later became a campground. During the 1930s Burlingame became home to the 141st Company of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). It was the first CCC camp, and first state headquarters, and one of five such camps in Rhode Island.
Beginning in 1933, out of work young men in their late teens and early twenties were put to work making roads and trails across the country. They also built fire places, camp sites, and picnic areas, and made recreational improvements to the beaches of Watchaug Pond. Forest management activities went on throughout Rhode Island, particularly in the aftermath of the Hurricane of ’38 which downed thousands of trees and disrupted roads and public improvements. The CCC was disbanded in 1942 because of the overwhelming need to draft manpower for WW II.
During WWII, because of its proximity to the Charlestown Naval Air Station, Burlingame was used to house Naval personnel. At other times, it was an army camp, and a rest stop for British Navy personnel. For a while it even did duty as a prisoner of war camp. Following the war, a portion of the park served the American Legion as a youth summer camp. “Legion Town” re-used facilities employed by the CCC from 1946 until 1961. For a long time, all the Christmas trees used at the State House holiday season came from Burlingame.
A four-phase upgrade of the camping sites, sanitary infrastructure and maintenance amenities was undertaken in 1991. Using a combination of National Park Service grants and the state’s Recreation Area Development Funds improvements were made to the park. Other public funds from the Federal Environmental Protection Agency and DEM have been used to study the yearly cycle of Watchaug Pond so that the cleanliness of the pond can be observed and maintained.
Camping in Rhode Island – WaWaloam Campground
510 Gardiner Rd
Richmond, RI 02892-1182
Phone: (401) 294-3039
Wawaloam is actually named after a Nipmuck Native American Princess. A family friendly and family themed campground, Wawaloam includes 3 children in their base rate rather than the normal two. Famous for their Friday night dinner and Sunday morning breakfast menus, their head chef Jim uses local produce and seafood right off the boat in Galilee.
Wawaloam has the most spacious sites around and they’re top-rated in the Good Sam Directory and on TripAdvisor. The campground has 300 campsites located on 100 acres of rural farmland. They offer full hook-ups, a security gate, 50 amp service and cement pads, cable and Wifi hotspots, fireplaces and picnic tables at each site.
- Planned activities
- Two recreation halls for group activities
- Double-Flume Waterslide ($)
- New 4,000 square foot Splash Park
- Swimming pool
- Basketball court
- Fishing pond
- Miniature Golf ($)
- Huge 1,700 square foot general store:
- Ice, wood, propane, camping supplies, apparel, toys, gifts
- In-Store snack bar
- Separate restaurant serving Friday night dinner and Sunday morning breakfast
- Laundry facility
- Metered showers
- Dumping station
- On-Site dumping service
Camping in Rhode Island – Holiday Acres Camp Grounds
593 Snake Hill Rd.
North Scituate, Rhode Island 02857
Phone: (401) 934-0780
Holiday Acres Camp Grounds is located in the northern region of the state, not too far from popular Rhode Island attractions, such as Wicked Tulips Flower Farm, Snake Den State Park, and the Ken Weber Conservation Area at Cascade Brook. It’s also close to many restaurants, bars, and shops in the nearby village of Greenville, making it the perfect base for any RV vacation.
Holiday Acres Camp Grounds has 225 RV Sites with 30/50 amp, full hookups, back-in and pull-through sites and hot showers. There’s cell phone reception so campers can stay in touch with family and friends, and Wifi.
There’s always something for both adults and children to do at Holiday Acres Camp Grounds, whether it’s playing arcade games, boating on the large lake, or enjoying a game of pool. The facility also prides itself on planning exciting, regular events like woodcarving classs, nature treasure hunt, or party pot lucks.
Camping in Rhode Island – Worden Pond Family Campground
416A Wordens Pond Rd.
Wakefield, RI 02879
Phone: 401-789-9113 / 888-858-9113
If you’re an RVing foodie, then Worden Pond is your campground. It’s an RV-only campground located on the shores of the enormous Worden Pond in southern Rhode Island. Because the South County is known for its delectable and award-winning restaurants, you can camp and indulge your palate. There are 250 RV sites with water and electric only, both 30/50 amp service. Sitres are back-in only and there is no hot tub or pool, but they do have hot showers. Pets are allowed, and the site is cell phone reception friendly. Sorry, no camping discounts.
If you love camping but don’t want to go without your technology, or the ability to find one of those award winning restaurants online and nearby, don’t worry. Worden Pond Family Campground provides guests with a free internet hot-spot, so you’ll never have to miss connecting with your social media, work, or Internet while you’re there.
- Clean restrooms
- Picnic tables
- BBQ area
Camping in Rhode Island – George Washington Memorial Camping Area
Management Area Headquarters
2185 Putnam Pike
Chepachet, RI 02814-1705
Phone: (401) 568-2085
The 100 acre George Washington Memorial Camping Area is an overnight, primitive camping facility offering a multitude of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. The campground is located within the 4000 acre George Washington Management Area. On the shores of Bowdish Reservoir there are 45 well spaced gravel sites suitable for tents, trailers, and RVs. Electrical hookups are not available; water is available from the various shared spigots throughout the campground. Bathrooms are either outhouses or pit toilets, there are no shower facilities.
There are two Adirondack style Shelters available by reservation, for group camping (limited to 20 persons each). There are also five 12’x12′ tent platform campsites available by reservation. (Limited to 4 persons and 2 tents each) These sites ( A-1 thru A-5) are located on Angell Loop Trail. These sites require a .6mi hike each way.
All camping materials must be carried in carried out by occupants. There is no vehicular access to these sites. Parking will be provided in the main campground. There is no water available at these sites. All tents must be set up on the platforms. All fires must be contained in the fire rings provided.
Your family pet (cat or dogs only) are welcome, the pet requirements for pets here is pretty strict. Read the rules before deciding whether or not to bring your animal with you. Violating a rule, even those you weren’t aware of, can result in a $100 fine. http://www.riparks.com/PDFFiles/RIStateParksCampgroundPolicies.pdf