Rhode Island campgrounds welcome outdoorsy people on vacation

Accommodations at Rhode Island campgrounds are a good option for outdoor-loving people and children and families to enjoy a RI vacation at a reasonable cost. Almost every part of the state has campgrounds, many of them within state parks. Amenities include easy access to swimming, boating, fishing, hiking, as well as docks, showers, and electrical hookups.

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Burlingame State Park in Charlestowncredit-RI Division of Parks
Burlingame State Park

Sanctuary Road (Route 1) Charlestown, RI, 02813 Phone: 401-364-8910

Large forested park with freshwater pond; lots of camping in woods; water sports; boat ramp

755 camping sites in the woods are available at this large, forested state park. Campsites have restrooms, showers, fireplaces, and picnic areas. Make reservations early for summer weekends; the campgrounds can fillup early.
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George Washington Management Area

2185 Putnam Pike Chepachet, RI, 02814 Phone: 401-568-2013

This wooded parcle of 3,000 acres offers swimming, camping and hiking. Camping options include 45 trailer spots, primitive tent & trailer campsites. Swimming is allowed in the fresh-water Bowdish Reservior. Hiking trails. Cost is $8 for Rhode Island residents and $12 for non-residents. Camping permits are issued by the park ranger. Shelter fee is $20 per night. The camping season is early April to Mid-October.
Middletown Campground

Paradise Avenue Middletown, RI Phone: 401-846-6273

Open: May 18 - September 21

This municipal campsite is for trailers only and has 44 sites. Toilets, sewer hookups and hot showers. Camping permits are issued at the park office.
Legrand G. Reynold's Horsemen's Camping Area

Escoheag Hill Road Exeter, RI Phone: 401-539-2356

This is a campsite for people with horses only. It includes 20 campsites with water, fireplaces, pit toilet, horse show ring, and riding trails. Open year-round.
Charlestown Breachway

West end of Charlestown Beach Road Charlestown, RI Phone:

Campsite for 75 trailers only, no tents. Site holds flush toilets and is near a boat launch, fishing and swimming areas. Fees are charged. Open April 15-October 31.
Fishermen's Memorial State Park

1011 Point Judith Road, Route 108 Narragansett, RI Phone: 401-789-8374

This park on the Atlantic shore is like a village, with 182 trailer and tent camping sites. Lots of family activities. This camping park on the ocean is near popular state beach areas like Scarborough, Roger Wheeler, and Salty Brine. The park is also one mile from the Block Island ferry dock. Make a campground reservation.
Melville Ponds Campground

181 Bradford Avenue Portsmouth, RI Phone: 401-840-8212

Open: April 1 - October 31

Spots for up to 60 tents and 68 trailers. Facilities include free hot showers, water, electricity, rest rooms, fishing, campfire areas, playground, beach privileges, and some camp items sold.
Fort Getty Recreational Area

Fort Getty Road Jamestown, RI Phone: 401-423-7264

Open: May 22 - October 6

Sites for 24 tents, as well as 83 seasonal RV sites and 19 daily RV sites. Fort Getty also features a boat ramp and fishing dock. Dumping station, showers, water, electricity for trailers. Reservations taken by phone or by written correspondence.
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