Best Camping in Rhode Island

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.

Best Camping Sites in Rhode Island (34)

    Camper-submitted photo from Fishermen’s Memorial State Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Fishermen’s Memorial State Campground
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    Camper-submitted photo from Fishermen’s Memorial State Campground
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    1.

    Fishermen’s Memorial State Campground

    29 Reviews
    71 Photos
    273 Saves
    Narragansett Pier, Rhode Island

    Located on Point Judith Pond, Fishermen's Memorial State Park is a haven of water-based activities, including fishing, boating and kayaking. The park is adjacent to one of Rhode Island's most popular beaches, providing campers with a scenic and relaxing place to soak up the sun and enjoy the ocean. The park offers a range of camping options, including tent and RV sites, as well as cabins and cottages. Fishermen's Memorial State Park is located near many of Rhode Island's most popular attractions, including Newport's mansions and historic sites, and the beautiful Block Island. Visitors can also explore the nearby towns of Narragansett and South Kingstown, which offer a range of dining, shopping and entertainment options.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from George Washington State Campground
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    George Washington State Campground

    26 Reviews
    67 Photos
    137 Saves
    Pascoag, Rhode Island

    George Washington State Campground, near Chepachet, Rhode Island, is a solid spot for a camping getaway. This place has a bit of everything, from tent sites to RV accommodations, and even some glamping options if you're feeling fancy. The campground is open from mid-April to Columbus Day, making it a great seasonal escape.

    One of the standout features here is the access to Bowdish Lake. Whether you're into fishing, paddling, or just enjoying the view, the lake is a big draw. The hiking trails around the area are also a hit, offering some scenic routes that are perfect for a day out in nature.

    The campground itself is pretty well-maintained. Visitors have noted the cleanliness of the sites and the regular patrols by park staff. The bathrooms are kept in good shape, and the showers, though they require quarters, are a nice touch for those who want to freshen up after a day of outdoor activities.

    For those traveling with pets, you'll be pleased to know that pets are allowed. Just make sure to keep them on a leash and clean up after them. There are also picnic tables at each site, making it easy to enjoy a meal outdoors.

    If you're planning to stay here, keep in mind that alcohol is not allowed, and you'll need to bring your own firewood as it's not available on-site. But with the beautiful surroundings and the range of activities available, George Washington State Campground is a great spot to relax and enjoy the outdoors.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $14 - $35 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Newport RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Newport RV Park
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    Newport RV Park

    15 Reviews
    92 Photos
    110 Saves
    Portsmouth, Rhode Island

    Modern, full hook up RV Sites only 5 minutes from historic Newport, Rhode Island and breathtaking ocean beaches. Founded as Melville Ponds by John O. Thayer, our decades of hosting guests feels like welcoming family back for another experience that will be treasured long after check out.

    Located on Aquidneck Island, Newport is a feast for the senses. A veritable banquet of salt air, gilded mansions, and ocean breezes. Newport's food scene is a destination in and of itself. With over one hundred dining establishments, one could spend weeks just sampling the epicurean delights.

    Newport RV Park offers all accommodations needed for a short or long term stay. All 100 plus RV sites offer full hookup and your choice of a back in or premium pull thru site for your stay. If you prefer a shaded site or an open air/no overhead obstructions location- we've got a site that will fit your unit comfortably throughout the park. For those who want to experience a classic camping experience, rustic tent sites are available in a separate area of the park.

    ON-SITE AMENITIES:

    • 5 miles from Historical Newport

    • Sandy Point Beach – 5 miles

    • Close to shopping, tourist train, fine dining & theaters

    • Beautiful RV & tent campsites

    • Shaded and level campsites

    • Full-hookup campsites

    • 30 & 50 AMP on all RV sites

    • Picnic tables and fire rings at every campsite

    • Clean comfort station

    • Complimentary hot showers

    • Ice & firewood available on-site

    • Stocked camp store

    • Complimentary WIFI and digital cable

    • Water and Sewer on all RV sites

    • Dog Park

    • Fishing at Melville Park (RI Fishing License required)

    • Access to Hiking & walking trails

    • Playground

    • Obstruction free campsites - full sun

    • Covered pavilion

    • Coin op laundry

    • Pull thru & back in campsites

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • RVs

    $70 - $140 / night

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    Wawaloam Campground

    9 Reviews
    24 Photos
    55 Saves
    Richmond, Rhode Island

    Wawaloam, named after a Nipmuck Native American Princess, is truly a family affair. In 1969, Jim and Maureen Smith began their dream of running a successful vacation destination for campers visiting the Southern New England area. Nearly fifty years and three generations later, Wawaloam has become a favorite place for campers of all ages.

    Families love the fact that Wawaloam includes 3 children in our base rate. Isn’t that what family camping is all about? Wawaloam also welcomes well-behaved pets for a small fee of $5 per night. After all, we’re animal lovers, too! Everyone is encouraged to participate in the various activities Wawaloam has to offer: from crafts to dances, movies to mini golf, Wawaloam has activities for everyone in your family. Wawaloam has become famous for our Friday night dinner and Sunday morning breakfast menus. Our head chef Jim uses local produce and seafood right off the boat in Galilee! Wawaloam has the most spacious sites around and we’re top-rated in the Good Sam Directory and on TripAdvisor. We take pride in our campground and it shows!

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $50 - $75 / night

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    Camper-submitted photo from Burlingame State Park Campground
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    Burlingame State Park Campground

    8 Reviews
    17 Photos
    65 Saves
    Charlestown, Rhode Island

    Located next to Watchaug Pond in Charlestown, this spacious campground includes approximately 700 campsites, as well as 20 cabins. Utilities ARE NOT available at this campground. The campground features conveniently located restrooms with shower facilities, a playground, arcade, freshwater beach, boat ramp, canoe rentals and hiking trails. The camp store carries a wide variety of camping necessities, along with a large selection of souvenirs. The campground abuts the Burlingame Management Area and Kimball Wildlife Sanctuary and is located near numerous ocean beaches, including Misquamicut State Beach, Charlestown Breachway and East Matunuck State Beach.

    6 New Cabin Sites will be available summer of 2022.
    Septic Dump Station Passes are available for a fee to non-registered campers to utilize both the dump and water filling stations.
    Main Camp is restricted to tent camping only.

    Address: 1 Burlingame State Park Road, Charlestown, RI 02813

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs

    $18 - $75 / night

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    Whispering Pines Campground

    7 Reviews
    69 Photos
    73 Saves
    Rockville, Rhode Island

    RHODE ISLAND'S PREMIER DESTINATION CAMPGROUND

    Whispering Pines boasts 50 acres of towering pines which provides the perfect ambience to unwind or share with love ones. The best memories are made camping and our team is ready to host your stay. Our family friendly park has many onsite amenities and everything is included with your reservation!

    · 30 & 50 amp Service

    · Pool & Splash Pad (brand new in 2022)

    · Back In & Pull Thru sites

    · Clean Restrooms

    · Complimentary Hot Showers

    · Playgrounds for all ages

    · Ice & Firewood to purchase

    · Stocked store with goodies

    · Propane refill station

    · Dump station

    · Office with camp store

    · Recreation Hall

    · Complimentary Kids’ Train Rides*

    · Arcade

    · Coin Op Laundry

    · Covered Pavilion

    · Athletic Field

    · Complimentary Basic WiFi

    · 4 Rustic Cabins – open for bookings! (no pets, 2pm check in for cabin guests)

    · Gated park entry

    · Dog Park

    · Snack Bar*

    · Mini Golf (nominal fee)

    · Basketball

    · Horseshoe & Bocce Ball Pits

    · Corn Hole

    · Shuffleboard

    · Weekend Themes & Activities*

    · Spring Fed Pond for catch & release

    · Complimentary canoes & row boats

    *(available beginning memorial weekend, as weather permits)

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • RVs

    $60 - $80 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Fort Getty Campground
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    Fort Getty Campground

    6 Reviews
    6 Photos
    110 Saves
    Jamestown, Rhode Island

    Fort Getty Park & Campground offers seasonal and transient RV campsites. Transient RV campsites are $50/night with a 2-week minimum stay. For more info contact the Jamestown Parks & Recreation office at 401-423-7260.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • RVs
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    Holiday Acres Campground

    6 Reviews
    10 Photos
    38 Saves
    Chepachet, Rhode Island
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $35 - $50 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Charlestown Breachway State Park Campground
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    Bowdish Lake Camping Area

    4 Reviews
    10 Photos
    13 Saves
    Pascoag, Rhode Island

    Bowdish Lake is more than just a campground, it is a summertime community of family and friends. Spacious, private campsites provide a relaxing outdoors experience with plenty of activities close-by.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • RVs

    $40 - $200 / night

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Which is the most popular campground in Rhode Island?

According to TheDyrt.com, the most popular campground in Rhode Island is Fishermen’s Memorial State Campground with a 4-star rating from 29 reviews.