5 Great Camping Spots
Saturday, September 03, 2011
Best rustic camping
Peeper Pond Campground, Exeter
You will feel the beauty of this intimate 70-acre wooded campground in Exeter with a full modern bathhouse with free hot showers, not to mention some old-fashioned volleyball, badminton, and horseshoes. And shhhh, but there's a data port if you need to check your email. See if you can snag Site 1-A, which faces the the pond itself, home to the place's namesake frogs, as well as otters, beavers, and herons. 159 Liberty Church Rd, Exeter, 294-5540.
Best beach camping
Charlestown Breachway Campground, Charlestown
You're going to need an RV, but it might be worth it to get to sleep out at one of the state's most unspoiled beaches. Great for saltwater fishing and challenging body surfing or boogie boarding, and a long strand of sand for that early
Best view camping
Fort Getty Campground, Jamestown
Often recommended for its historical aspect, this Jamestown site of the original military fort is really fantastic for its open, grassy tent sites, some of which have perfect views of the ocean. Walk the local trails through salt marsh, and enjoy the local beach. You may never even notice that Newport is just across the bridge. Go here for rules, fees, and reservations, or call 423-7211 for more information.
Best remote camping
Burlingame State Park and Campground, Charlestown
You won't believe a place this big exists in Rhode Island. 3,100 acres of rocky, forested, hilly terrain, bordering 1,000-acre freshwater Watchaug Pond. More than 80 species of birds. All kinds of wildlife, including mink and river
Best old-school camping
Holiday Acres Campground, North Scituate
Hosting families for a half century, this is a rural RI gem. Enjoy the village atmosphere with lots of activities for kids and adults, including lake swimming, fishing, and (motorless) boating. 591 Snake Hill Rd, North Scituate; for more information/reservations call 934-0780 or check online here.
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