Campgrounds in Connecticut

Campgrounds 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. Most state park campgrounds are open from mid-spring through Labor Day weekend, with a few staying open until the end of September or Columbus Day.
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.

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Campgrounds in CT
Macedonia Brook State Park

159 Macedonia Brook Road Kent, CT Phone: 860-927-4100

Macedonia Brook State Park offers 51 sites in a rustic setting. The camping season begins in mid-April and ends September 30.
Camping map.
West Thompson Lake Campground

Reardon Road Thompson, CT Phone:

Open: Mid May - Mid September

Family campground run by the U.S Army Corp. of Engineers. 23 campsites are available, as well as electric hookup, boating, hiking, fishing and some planned activies.
Cabin & Picnic Area - Lake Waramaug State Park - Kent, CT
Lake Waramaug State Park

30 Lake Waramaug Road New Preston, CT, 06777 Phone: 860-868-0220

Beautiful lake for swimming, paddling (car-top boating), and picnicking

Dozens of campsites are situated in wooded and open settings at Lake Waramaug Campground. The camping season is from mid-May to September 30. - Camping and Park Map (PDF)
Campsite at Housatonic Meadows State Park - Sharon, CT - Photo Credit Albert Caraballo
Housatonic Meadows State Park

US Route 7 Sharon, CT, 06069 Phone: 860-927-3238

Housatonic Meadows offers many outdoor activities, especially fly fishing. Camping is done in groves of tall pine trees. Housatonic Meadow Campground has 95 sites; the camping season begins in mid-May and ends September 30. Bathrooms and showers available. - Hiking Map (PDF) - Camping Map (PDF)
Campground - Hamonnasset Beach State Park - Madison, CT
Hammonasset Beach State Park

1288 Boston Post Road Madison, CT, 06443 Phone: 203-245-2785

More than 550 campsites in a grassy area are available at this oceanside park. - Hiking Map (PDF) - Camping Map (PDF)
Picnic Area - Rocky Neck State Park - Easy Lyme, CT
Rocky Neck State Park

244 West Main Street (Route 156) East Lyme, CT, 06357 Phone: 860-739-5471

Camping close to Long Island Sound at this pretty and diverse park, with lots of daytime activities. Park has 160 wooded or open-air campsites. There is a camping fee. - Hiking Map (PDF) - Camping Map (PDF)
Campsite - Devil's Hopyard State Park - East Haddam, CT - Photo Credit Cybele Perry
Devil's Hopyard State Park

366 Hopyard Road East Haddam, CT, 06423 Phone: 860-873-8566

The 21 wooded campsites in this park are located near a beautiful waterfall. Open in April; campground closes after July 4th. - Park Map (PDF)
Salt Rock Campground

173 Scotland Road (Rte. 97) Baltic, CT Phone: 860-822-0884

71 tent and recreational vehicle (RV) sites. Utilities to some sites, bathroom, dumping station, showers, in-ground swimming pool. Two pets/site permitted. Fishing by permit along the Shetucket River with over one mile of waterfront access. Permits may be obtained at the Salt Rock State Campground office. Open May through July 4th holiday.
Campsite at Mashamoquet Brook State Park - Pomfret Center, CT - Photo Credit Jessica Campanelli
Mashamoquet Brook State Park

276 Mashamoquet Road Pomfret Center, CT, 06259 Phone: 860-928-6121

There are two campgrounds at the park - Mashamoquet Brook Campground (320 Mashamoquet Road) has 18 wooded sites, and Wolf Den Campground (147 Wolf Den Drive) has 35 open sites. Bathrooms, showers, dumping station. Fishing, hiking, swimming nearby. No pets. - Trail Map (PDF) - Campgrounds Map (PDF)
Season: Mid-April thru mid-October. Check website for current fees.
Campsite - Pachaug State Forest (Chapman & Green Falls areas) - Voluntown, CT - Photo Credit Yeis Useda
Pachaug State Forest (Chapman & Green Falls areas)

Entrance off Route 49 Voluntown, CT, 06384 Phone: 860-376-4075

This very large state forest has three campgrounds, including spaces for horse camping. - Chapman Area Map (PDF) - Green Falls Area Map (PDF)
Campsite - American Legion & Peoples State Forest - Barkhamsted, CT - Photo Credit Thomas Fecteau
American Legion & Peoples State Forests

Between Center Hill Road (CT Route 181) and East River Road Barkhamsted, CT, 06063 Phone: 860-379-2469

Thirty spacious campsites are available at American Legion State Forest. - Trail Map (PDF) - Campground Map (PDF)