The entrance to Burlingame State Park picnic area and the Kimball Sanctuary is Prosser Trail, an exit off US Route 1 in Charlestown, RI. Burlingame Campground is a very popular state recreation area offers 50 fireplaces, toilets, drinking water, a swimming beach and a nearby DEM boat launch for boating and fishing. The campground is 3,100 acres of rocky woodland that surrounds Watchaug Pond in Charlestown. The entrance to the park headquarters and camping area is off U.S. Route #1 in Charlestown. This campground may fill on some summer weekends.
Burlingame is huge. We were there the weekend after Labor Day weekend in 2014, and it was pretty quiet. Nice for biking, cute little beach, dog friendly. Bring quarters for the showers. Westerly is nearby with a 24 hour WalMart in case you forget anything (which we did, being pretty new to camping at the time!) also, I got stung by a wasp, so watch out for those guys.
I have spent many many summers camping with family and friends growing up here. This place is great. A pond, boat rentals, playground there's a store. Never had a bad experience
Coin operated showers but besides that, it is very nice and clean.
This is a great family campground. Lots to do and it is massive! You can bike for ever and go to the lake! Camp store literally has anything you would need. Usually pretty busy, you will have neighbors, who can get loud. Make sure you set up your tent in preparedness for rain! Bathrooms are usually always busy, and are pretty dirty from people coming back from the beach. SAND EVERYWHERE!
Gates at check in can take some time, as well as finding your site.
It is nice being so close to the beaches here. The campground has gotten pretty strict, which is good for those looking for a quiet campground to go to. The sites are fair size and some have more privacy as others. the best quality of the campground is access to the RI beaches
We've camped here many times, and it can be pretty packed during peak season. Like anywhere you can't pick your neighbors, some get a little out of hand. Overall it is a nice place to stay, the lake is pretty, and there is a boat launch if you are looking to fish. Depending on the loop or location you can have a secluded spot, or be pretty close to others. It's a nice getaway.
A couple friends and I camped here one night in July. The campground is absolutely massive - like bigger than any other campsite I've been to. The staff were friendly but pretty clueless and took a long time to get us checked in. At the site, I felt like we were sleeping with the neighbors next to us because of our proximity to them. There were tons of kids around that were up all hours and the bathrooms were pretty dirty (flush toilets though!) There's potable water and a huge convenience store with food, supplies, and firewood. The next morning we walked over to the lake within the campground, which is really beautiful. This place definitely worked for a camping stopover, but that's about it.
Burlingame a HUGE state park (over 800 sites) with several different loops. The office is open 24/7 for check-ins, questions, and managing such a large number of sites and people. I had never stayed at a park near this size. Our site we booked was right near the pond, fairly quiet environment. Bathrooms were clean, had pay showers (bring quarters). We stayed here during the Newport Folk Festival, which worked out for us, but was quite far away from Fort Adams (over 1 hour each way).
My mom and I were having some camp withdrawals. It was Midweek and we couldn't go far because of work- but we just wanted to cook a meal over a fire and sleep on the ground for a night. That's when we found this place. It's about an hour away from us-- but it felt like a different place. We loved how close this camp was to the beach- and to Iggys (nothing better than some clam chowder and doughboys after fire cooked hot dogs!) the mosquitos at the site were nasty- so just bring your spray and be prepared. Not too crowded- but was considered off season.