Campgrounds in ConnecticutCampgrounds with reasonable rates operate at 13 state parks and state forests, mostly in the Litchfield and Mystic regions. The state Department of Environmental Protection offers information about camping on its website. Starting in summer 2016, as a cost saving measure, three state campgrounds – Devils Hopyard in East Haddam; Salt Rock in Baltic; and Greens Falls in Voluntown -- will close after the July 4th holiday. All other state park and forest campgrounds will close after Labor Day. Exceptions: Hammonasset Beach and Rocky Neck state parks' campgrounds will remain open through Columbus Day weekend.
In addition, Connecticut has several private campgrounds. Campgrounds offer a wide variety of amenities in terms of bathrooms, showers, dumping and hookups. Be sure to contact individual campgrounds for detailed information.
Route 45 New Preston, CT Phone: 860-868-2592
Beautiful lake for swimming, paddling (car-top boating), and picnicking
159 Macedonia Brook Road Kent, CT Phone: 860-927-4100
244 West Main Street (Route 156) East Lyme, CT Phone: 860-739-5471
Sandy beach; picnicking; walking trails; fishing; camping
Route 49 Voluntown, CT Phone: 860-376-4075
Large state forest covers all basics, camping, hiking, water sports, horseback riding, snowmobiling
Between Center Hill Road (Route 181) and East River Road [see map] Barkhamsted, CT Phone: 860-379-0922
Large forests offer all outdoor recreation: camping, water sports, extensive hiking trails
1288 Boston Post Road Madison, CT Phone: 203-245-2785
Very large park on Long Island Sound offers swimming, salt water fishing, boardwalk, lots of camping sites
West Thompson Lake Campground
Reardon Road Thompson, CT Phone:
Open: Mid May - Mid September
366 Hopyard Road East Haddam, CT Phone: 860-873-8566
Popular hiking and camping area with scenic picnic spots and fresh-water fishing.
147 Wolf Den Drive Pomfret Center, CT Phone: 860-928-6121
Good park for camping, swimming, boating, hiking; cool rock formations to explore
See full description of Mashamoquet State Park.
Salt Rock Campground
173 Scotland Road (Rte. 97) Baltic, CT Phone: 860-822-0884
Route 7 Sharon, CT Phone: 860-927-3238
Wooded campgrounds; fly fishing for trout and bass in the Housatonic River
See full description of Housastonic Meadows State Park.