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Kettletown State Park Campground

About

State Park

Kettletown State Park Campground, nestled near Southbury, CT, is a great spot for a quick escape into nature. This campground offers a mix of tent, RV, and cabin accommodations, making it a versatile choice for different camping preferences. The season runs from May 26 to September 4, so plan your visit accordingly.

One of the standout features here is the access to beautiful hiking trails. Whether you're looking for a short stroll or a more challenging hike, the trails offer stunning views and a chance to immerse yourself in the local flora and fauna. The park is also close to Southford Falls, where you can enjoy a picturesque hike and take in the waterfall views.

For those who enjoy a bit of comfort, the campground provides electric hookups and drinking water. Fires are allowed, and firewood is available, so you can enjoy a cozy campfire under the stars. Just remember, no alcohol or pets are allowed, so plan accordingly.

Visitors have noted that the sites can be a bit close together, so if you're looking for more space, consider reserving two sites. The campground is well-maintained, and staff patrols regularly to ensure safety and cleanliness. However, the bathhouse could use some updating, so keep that in mind if you're particular about facilities.

Overall, Kettletown State Park Campground is a convenient and scenic getaway, especially for families and groups looking to enjoy the great outdoors without straying too far from civilization. Just be prepared for some noise if you're visiting during peak times, as it can get lively with larger groups celebrating.

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Location

Kettletown State Park Campground is located in Connecticut

Detail location of campground

Directions

Off Interstate 84: Take Exit 15. Go south onto CT Route 67. Take a right at the first traffic light if coming from the west, and a right at the second traffic light if coming from the east, onto Kettletown Road. Continue for approximately 3 miles on Kettletown Road. Take a right onto Georges Hill Road. Park is located on the left approximately 0.6 miles.

Address

1400 Georges Hill Rd
Southbury, CT 06488

Coordinates

41.42100014 N
73.20500067 W

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Access

  • Drive-In
    Park next to your site
  • Walk-In
    Park in a lot, walk to your site.

Stay Connected

  • WiFi
    Available
  • Verizon
    Good
  • AT&T
    Unknown
  • T-Mobile
    Poor

Site Types

  • Tent Sites
  • RV Sites
  • Standard (Tent/RV)
  • Group
  • Cabins

Features

For Campers

  • ADA Access
  • Trash
  • Picnic Table
  • Firewood Available
  • Phone Service
  • Reservable
  • Drinking Water
  • Electric Hookups
  • Toilets
  • Fires

For Vehicles

  • Sanitary Dump
  • Water Hookups

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12 Reviews

Justin P.
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2022

Great activities but compact sites

I tented here while doing a river stream reconstruction project in southern Connecticut.

To start, access to the river was great, though no swimming was allowed because of an algae bloom. The shorter hiking trails in the area were really beautiful.

Site 32 and the upper loop was not great though. The sites were super close together and the boundary lines were unclear, so my neighbors ended up using my fire ring to secure their tent. The picnic table seemed to be shared between sites and had boards missing, so it was challenging to use when available.

Overall, folks seemed to be there in larger groups for celebrations so things were loud well past midnight, which was challenging given how close each site was. I realize this is very time specific but there was no management presence around quiet time, and this happened both evenings I was there, so I got the sense that quiet times didn’t really apply.

The location was great especially for folks closer to the major metro areas, but I’ll be looking elsewhere if I’m ever in the area again.

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Month of VisitSeptember
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K
Reviewed Jul. 11, 2022

Great Local Getaway

We love this State Park because it's close to our home for a quick getaway. 

This time we tried one of the sites on the water, and I probably wouldn't choose the same site again.  Site 11, while large, was uneven and had some large tree roots that would be easy to trip over.  It was a walk up the hill to the bathhouse.  No hookups.  

It's quiet, clean, and exactly what we were looking for in a weekend.  Close to Southford Falls for a nice hike and waterfall views. 

Speaking of bathhouse - this one is really just in dire need of updating.  Having visited 2 other state parks in a neighboring state, CT should really invest in better quality bath houses.  This is the only reason why I didn't give it 5 stars.

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Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of Kettletown State Park Campground by Kristin , July 11, 2022
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Ryan K.
Reviewed Jul. 23, 2021

July 2021

Great area to camp with kids. The lots were large. Semi private with great view and nice walks to the water. Noise was not a problem overnight as to having problems with noises neighbors at other CT state parks.

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Month of VisitAugust
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K
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2021

Winter paradise

Wonderful place, clean lots to do. Friendly staff

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Month of VisitMay
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Reviewed Jan. 25, 2021

Beautiful, accessible

Beautiful trails, flat & hilly. No camping as far as I can tell.

J
Reviewed Jul. 21, 2020

Place is perfect for young kids!

The reason why I said that place is perfect kids? It has a huge land of campsite that the kids can run around until their energy out for the night! Plus you would see awesome stars during the nighttime! I went to there with campers for ten years. One thing that I have to say to watch out for raccoons and skunk, they love to find food. :) be sure put foods in the car!

Melynda M.
Reviewed May. 28, 2020

Clean and convenient

Nice place. Sites are close together so recommend reserving two for more space. Well maintained and secure. Staff patrols for safety. Good place for families and large groups.

Sam H.
Reviewed May. 5, 2019

Cabins & trails are great!

Stayed in a cabin on the lower loop. Went hiking all day. Kinda close together sites, but the trails make up for it.

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Pamela C.
Reviewed Sep. 7, 2018

Not well kept

I have been camping here since the early 90s. I am usually impressed by its cleanliness and upkeep. This past visit, Aug 2018, I was not impressed. It was run down, poorly kept and seems like the young employees just didn't care. I am aware of hurricane damage but no effect is made to keep the sites groomed and clean.In the first half hour I was there I cleaned up a bag of misc. trash. Did not see anyone cleaning or racking etc during the days I stayed. The trails are in real need of upkeep... I emailed the Dept of enviroment... u reiced a robot email stating that I'd hear from a human...never did. I hope the state funds a clean up.

Elaine C.
Reviewed Aug. 23, 2018

Camping in nature, not too far from civilization

Kettletown State Park isn't just for camping. There are also hiking trails , a fishing area and a swimming hole, but the week I was there there was a high bacteria count, so no swimming was allowed. Also, when swimming is allowed, there isnt a lifeguard.

The campsites are varied, you can tent camp, use a camper, or they also have a few cabins you can rent. Be advised, there isn't a kitchen or bathroom in the cabins!

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Taylor C.
Reviewed May. 29, 2018

adorable small camp

I love kettletown, it’s a favorite that is very close to home. It’s a small camp ground and it’s absolutely beautiful. The bathrooms are always kept clean and stocked and there are a ton of watering spots.

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DrDavid P.
Reviewed Jun. 8, 2017

Ranger Review: CRKT Chance in Hell 18" Machete at Kettletown State Park, CT

Campground Review

Me and my 10yo hit up this park for a stay while road tripping through the northeast for my speaking tour. We spent quite a bit of time in CT State Parks on this trip, and this was one of the best. Like most states, CT has quite a few really nice ones and others that seem to have been forgotten by the park system.

Kettletown has everything you could want in a state park visit...

Swimming area

Fishing area

Hiking

Woods

Camping, both primitive and hook up

We enjoyed playing there, especially chasing the Canadian Geese by the lake. We were there in early June, and were almost eaten alive by mosquitoes when we ventured into the woods. Take lots of bug spray and wear long sleeves/pants, even in the summer. I promise your stay will be more fun that way.

Product Review

CRKT Chance in Hell 18" Machete- https://www.crkt.com/shop/survival-knives/chanceinhell-machete-18.html

Be sure to watch the video for us using the machete- https://youtu.be/5kEg93Aqi5w

As a Ranger for The Dyrt, I get products to test from time to time. Today, while we were at the park, we tested and reviewed the Chance in Hell 18" Machete from CRKT. My son and I both played with, I mean, USED the machete in a serious adult fashion while there.

We both approve and absolutely love this machete. As a former Marine and longtime outdoorsman, I've used a wide variety of really crappy machetes over the years ranging from off-the-shelf ones to military issue. I found that most would not hold an edge, were flimsy, and often broke with a modicum of use. Not so with this one.

I anticipate this beast of a machete, a Ken Onion design by the way, to last me a good long while. As a matter of fact, I think more of these will make excellent gifts for my boys in the future.

It's solidly built and chops wood as well as a hatchet. Even with one swipe, my son was able to make quick cuts to kindling wood and branches. We also tried it on soft ferns to see if it would cut or just bend them over. Quick swipes and the soft ferns were gone.

Aside from being a great camping and adventuring tool, if the zombie apocalypse ever occurs (fingers crossed!), this machete will make an excellent zombie-killin' tool.

The size is perfect for carrying but long enough to do some damage.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Does Kettletown State Park Campground have RV hookups?

According to TheDyrt.com, Kettletown State Park Campground has water hookups.

What is the max vehicle length at Kettletown State Park Campground?

Kettletown State Park Campground allows vehicles up to 28 feet.

Are fires allowed at Kettletown State Park Campground?

Yes, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, fires are allowed at Kettletown State Park Campground, although make sure to check current fire restrictions in the area.

Does Kettletown State Park Campground have wifi?

No, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, Kettletown State Park Campground does not have wifi.

Is there cell phone reception at Kettletown State Park Campground?

According to campers on TheDyrt.com, Verizon signal is good, AT&T is unknown, and T-Mobile is poor.