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About Rhode Island Camping

Rhode Island might be the smallest of the 50 states, but that just makes it easier to travel between its extensive number of adventure hotspots and through a whopping 400 miles of sandy coastline. Camping in Rhode Island is more than worth it for the diversity of outdoor recreation opportunities alone. Within the 1,212 square miles they call home, Rhode Islanders can enjoy hiking the green, lake-speckled hillsides of the New England Uplands, explore the dozens of rivers in the north that feed into Narragansett Bay, venture south toward the Seaboard Lowlands to breathe in salty sea air, and head offshore to navigate 38 islands by boat, kayak, and more.

The Ocean State earned its nickname for a reason, and any fan of marine fun will especially love camping in Rhode Island. Make your way to historic Newport for a quintessential New England experience. Also known as the City by the Sea, the nine-village coastal community’s manicured mansions, cobbled streets, and pristine beaches make it the picture of Gilded Age resort life.

Visitors flock to Newport beaches like Easton’s for family picnics, kite flying, and boogie boarding. Head to Gooseberry for a calm and luxurious day of sunbathing. Visit the dog-friendly Fogland to enjoy a day of stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, and windsurfing. Don’t forget to stop by Sachuest (also called Second Beach) to find the longest beach in Rhode Island, surfable waves, and a shoreline RV campground with hot showers. Retreat to one of two state parks for quiet camping, or find community at nearby Melville Ponds Campground.

The belle of Newport’s ball sits at the north end of town on Narragansett Bay. Fort Adams State Park not only draws music-festival-lovers for the annual summer Jazz Fest and Folk Festival, but also attracts people year-round for swimming, kayaking, boating, and more.

The Department of Parks & Recreation runs five campgrounds throughout the state that make it easy to find camping in Rhode Island. Pitch your tent at Burlingame State Park, the state’s first official campground, which offers space for 700 rustic campsites and access to freshwater swimming, fishing, canoeing, and hiking trails beneath towering trees—as well as a camp store in case you left anything at home.

No matter how you want to go camping in Rhode Island, The Dyrt can help you find the best place for it.

Recent Reviews In Rhode Island

133 Reviews of 35 Rhode Island Campgrounds

SThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2021

A wonderful escape

This is my second time here with my Airstream. Clean and well kept campground. I’d easily tent camping here. A lake and great trails to hike.

Site9
Month of VisitNovember
A
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2021

Clean sites and easy hiking trails

The campground is close to relatively easy hiking trails and Portsmouth Dog Park. Clean site areas, but many are on a slight slop so leveling blocks are needed. We Took one of the nearby Trails get to the Portsmouth Publick House restaurant, which is dog friendly, for lunch. The waterfall along the…

Site218
Month of VisitNovember
Robert L.
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2021

Nice state park

Great campground , quiet post Labor Day. No alcohol allowed.

Site256
Month of VisitOctober
A
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2021

Beautiful Site!

Beautiful site and really good sized spots.:)

Month of VisitSeptember
Cheryl B.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2021

Great place to relax

I stayed at site 31 in the month of July. It was flat and easy to put up my tent. Partial shade.There are RV water faucets throughout the campground.

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Site31
Month of VisitAugust
Nick P.
Reviewed Sep. 7, 2021

Clean and quiet camping close to downtown

We stayed in the premium pull through sites here. The whole campground is gorgeous. You’ll notice how clean and quiet it is right when you first arrive. Check in was under a minute; the staff already had everything prepared which made it super simple. The premium sites have no shade and are a…

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SiteF12
Month of VisitOctober
Rebecca S.
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2021

Not my favorite

Sites are a little too close together. It was very loud. Roads not well maintained and ridiculous amout of speedbumps. Office was about a mile away from the site. Seemed to be geared more toward seasonal camping. Wifi service was spotty at best.

Month of VisitSeptember
Happy Camper L.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Aug. 28, 2021

Nice Campground

Nice campground, a mix of seasonal & short-term visitors. The sites are VERY close, but the people are nice and we had a great stay. It is a quick drive to the beach, we loved Westerly & Misquamicut Beaches. Lots to do in the area and stores if needed.

My kids enjoyed playing tennis &…

  • Westerly Beach is beautiful
Month of VisitAugust
MThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Aug. 28, 2021

Very nice camp ground

Staff is very friendly and professional. Camp ground is quiet. Lots of activities for the kids. Large water park on the grounds with two swimming pools, a slash pad and large water slide. Well stocked store. WiFi is limited to pool and store. Could not receive a WiFi signal at our campsite. No…

Site180
Month of VisitSeptember
Brooke F.
Reviewed Aug. 24, 2021

Terrible

Bathrooms were disgusting. Toilet paper all over the floor. Wet gross nasty. Way too over populated. Check in was painful. Slow, long line. Tons of traffic on main road in and out. Couldn’t run our generator after 8pm, but our neighboring campsite could play their rap music as loud as they wanted.

Site791
Month of VisitSeptember
I
Reviewed Aug. 9, 2021

Nice and friendly and fun

Love this place I’m definitely going to try to get a seasonal site next year here if ones available thank u guys

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Site51
Month of VisitAugust
s
Reviewed Aug. 8, 2021

Very nice

We went for a weekend only so we weren’t there long but everything was great. The site was very secluded and very large which was awesome! Kids had a blast! I didn’t use the restrooms or showers there so I’m not sure about that.

Month of VisitOctober
s
Reviewed Aug. 8, 2021

Staff ruined it

Campground was perfect! Everything was awesome. ALMOST all of the employees were so nice. Except one miserable old lady who worked there. She was so mean to me and my guests, I will never go back. Even the security guard told us she’s overwhelmed and miserable.

SiteE
Month of VisitAugust
g
Reviewed Aug. 3, 2021

Best place to RV in Middletown

Stayed 3 summers at this campground and found it friendly, Convenient and bliss to Newport. Will go back with a new RV.

Sitefront
Month of VisitAugust
Brad B.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jul. 28, 2021

Excellent Location & Clean Facilities !

Excellent location for exploring the cites and beaches of Rhode Island! Call ahead to check on shade versus full sun sites if that’s important and take note of grass and course gravel pad material as well. The main campground is on a slope, so be prepared for some leveling requirements,…

  • Site #215
  • Easton’s Beach
  • Time for a Lobsta’ Role!
Site215
Month of VisitAugust

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