5 Best Camping Spots
Pitch a tent and enjoy the great outdoors.
Burlingame State Park and Campground
Burlingame is one of the state’s most popular campgrounds for a reason. With more than 3,000 acres of woodlands and access to Watchaug Pond, it offers plenty of activities to campers and visitors alike. The pond has a number of boat launches for canoes and kayaks, as well as a swimming area and plenty of fishing spots. The Kimball Wildlife Sanctuary and Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge are both a short trip away. 1 Burlingame State Park Rd., Charlestown, 401-322-8910, reserveamerica.com.
With a pool, mini golf, basketball, a playground and a whole lot more, you can’t say there is nothing to do at Whispering Pines Campground. If fishing is your favorite pastime, check out their stocked catch-and-release pond and row over its glassy surface. With ample bathrooms and a robust snack bar, you’ll have all the comforts of home while still enjoying the wild beauty of the great outdoors. 41 Saw Mill Rd., Hope Valley, 401-539-7011, whisperingpinescamping.com.
A short drive away from downtown Newport, Melville Pond, located in Portsmouth, pairs rural relaxation with loads of nearby attractions. Explore the City by the Sea’s shops and eateries, or head north to the East Bay Bike Path, and enjoy the bay’s scenic views while you pedal. If you’d rather not venture too far from the campgrounds, there’s still plenty to do. Play a game of volleyball or horseshoes or hike on the on-site trails. 181 Bradford Ave., Portsmouth, 401-682-2424, melvillepondscampground.com.
George Washington State Campground
The campground occupies a small slice of the 4000-acre George Washington Management Area, which is chock-full of interesting flora and fauna. Hike along the area’s numerous trails or take a seat lakeside — the campground abuts the serene Bowdish Reservoir. While the campground may be overflowing with natural luxuries, the amenities are sparse: there are no showers or flush toilets here. When planning your visit, expect a truly rural retreat. Putnam Pike, Glocester, 401-586-6700, reserveamerica.com.
Open to RVs only, the Charlestown Breachway might have some of the best views of any campground in the state. Overlooking the open Atlantic, campers are free to enjoy all the activities the sea has to offer, from swimming to fishing (it has some of the best saltwater angling in the state). It’s adjacent to Ninigret Pond, a haven for kayaking, windsurfing or paddleboarding. The great location does come at a price: amenities such as electricity, running water, and sewage disposal are nonexistent. Charlestown Beach Rd., Charlestown, 401-364-7000, rhodeislandstateparks.reserveamerica.com.