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George Washington State Campground

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State Park

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.

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Location

George Washington State Campground is located in Rhode Island

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Directions

Directions From Providence: Take Interstate Route 6 West, to Route 295 North, to Route 44 West. Follow Route 44 West approximately 13.5 miles, the Campground entrance is on your right.

Address

2185 Putnam Pike-US Hwy 44
Chepachet, RI 02814

Coordinates

41.92927534 N
71.76121718 W

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Access

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

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  • WiFi
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  • AT&T
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Site Types

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

Features

For Campers

  • Market
  • ADA Access
  • Trash
  • Picnic Table
  • Phone Service
  • Reservable
  • Showers
  • Drinking Water
  • Electric Hookups
  • Toilets
  • Pets
  • Fires

For Vehicles

  • Sanitary Dump
  • Sewer Hookups
  • Water Hookups
  • Pull-Through Sites

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26 Reviews

Ryan A.
Reviewed May. 15, 2024

An OK Campground but not Great

Camped out here for two nights after reading about this place in the"Best Tent Camping: New England" book. It's better than the other campgrounds in Rhode Island that I looked at (Burlingame, Fort Getty) but isn't my favorite campground. If you're not a Rhode Island resident the fee for most sites is$36/night. Is it worth it? Eh, probably not unless you're really jonesing to camp for a weekend in the Ocean State. 

It does have some great things going for it, namely the hiking trails and views of the lake. There are some tent-only sites which are numbered T1-T5. I stayed in T5 and it was the best of the bunch because it had the most privacy and space, including a grassy area. The other tent-only sites were fairly small and if you go to any mixed use sites you run the risk of having an RV next to you. The A1-A7 sites are remote and hike in, but you're going to have to hike either 0.4 or 0.6 miles through some uneven terrain. The next best group of sites would be 19-24 which are on their own small loop near the lake. 

The things I didn't like were the streetlights over the port-a-potties that shine all night. There is a manned gate where you check in and you have to get let into the campground during the day, but at night the gates are wide open and it seems like some people know this because there are a few oddballs around in the early morning. There is swimming at the lake but it looked way too dirty. 

Overall the place was managed very well, the sites were cleanish and the grounds were taken care of. The employees drove by at least once an hour, I thought they were collecting trash from dumpsters but the only place with a dumpster is near the entrance. I couldn't figure out why they kept driving by so often. I had a good time, it was relaxing and scratched the camping itch.

SiteT5
Month of VisitJune
  • Review photo of George Washington State Campground by Ryan A., May 15, 2024
  • Review photo of George Washington State Campground by Ryan A., May 15, 2024
  • Review photo of George Washington State Campground by Ryan A., May 15, 2024
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N
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2023

Top tier

Very clean, not as busy, and has all the basics. Everyone complains about the local small wildlife getting into your food but basic practices can keep them out so it’s not a problem I had

Month of VisitJune
J
Reviewed Aug. 21, 2022

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allison W.
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2022

Updated information! Good site.

Okay, I will try to update this information on the Dyrt site, but I’ve had mixed success getting that to stick. So if you are confused about things like location, let’s knock that out first:

This campground is located near 2185 Putnam Pike, Chepachet, RI 02814. It’s by Bowdish Lake, near the Connecticut border. This is a cool area of Rhode Island that I enjoyed getting the chance to explore a little bit. Great Italian restaurant if you don’t feel like cooking (Mr Z’s By The Lake) and some historical sites like a very nice covered bridge to the northwest.

Full water and electrical hookup and a very unique and fun play area for kids. The lake access is excellent, obviously. Pay showers of varying degrees of cleanliness. Open to tents, but clearly preferred by the RV crowd.

Month of VisitSeptember
N
Reviewed Jun. 19, 2022

Very clean bathrooms & Hot showers

Sites were well spaced and provided some privacy depending on your site choice. Grounds were well kept, bathrooms were very clean with hot showers (bring quarters, $1.50 for 6mins). Staff was friendly and helpful, with park rangers making regular rounds.

Site12
Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of George Washington State Campground by Nick P., June 19, 2022
  • Review photo of George Washington State Campground by Nick P., June 19, 2022
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Susan M.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jun. 6, 2022

Large shady sites

This campground fronts on a lovely lake. The sites are spacious and most are fairly level. If I were coming in a large RV (and the sites are big enough to accommodate large RV’s) I would stick to the main road & avoid the loop roads. No hookups, but a really pretty campground. BTW: Your GPS may take you to a maintenance site about 2 miles west of the campground entrance. There is room to turn around! Just continue about 2 miles & you will get to the campground.

Site5
Month of VisitJuly
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
  • Review photo of George Washington State Campground by Scott I., October 19, 2021
  • Review photo of George Washington State Campground by Scott I., October 19, 2021
  • Review photo of George Washington State Campground by Scott I., October 19, 2021
A
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2021

Beautiful Site!

Beautiful site and really good sized spots.:)

Month of VisitSeptember
Cheryl B.
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.

Site31
Month of VisitAugust
  • Review photo of George Washington State Campground by Cheryl B., September 8, 2021
  • Review photo of George Washington State Campground by Cheryl B., September 8, 2021
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Martin G.
Reviewed Jul. 26, 2021

Nice and quiet

Nice camp ground with friendly but not nosey neighbors. Fishing was great for the grandchildren to get excited catching something, lots of small blue gill. Kids loved the bike riding. If you have a small craft or paddle boards the water adventures look fun. Life guard on duty kept safety high. Nights were so quiet you could hear crickets on the other side of camp. Water not to far from sites. Tenting was great.

Site11
Month of VisitAugust
SThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jul. 17, 2021

Private and clean

I enjoyed this campsite. Great hikes and there are trees that separate campsites. Semi-private and a well kept campground.

Month of VisitAugust
M
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2021

Quiet safe capmp

Secluded sites portable composting johns throughout. Central bathhouse very clean with pay shower. Gated camp. Website has wrong address Nice beach

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  • Review photo of George Washington State Campground by Mike , July 12, 2021
  • Review photo of George Washington State Campground by Mike , July 12, 2021
J   G.
Reviewed May. 1, 2021

Go minimal

Didn't expect not to have bathrooms, just porta pots. Enjoyed the hiking around lake Washington!

Site36
Month of VisitAugust
  • Review photo of George Washington State Campground by J   G., May 1, 2021
  • Review photo of George Washington State Campground by J   G., May 1, 2021
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Andrew P.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2020

Dry camping done right

This campground is quaint and is nestled in RI state forests. The sites do not have hook ups, but water faucets can be found throughout the camp, and there is is dump station. There are pit toilets around the camp, and there is a central modern bathroom. The beach is beautiful and would be busy on a hot summer day. We stayed in early October, so it was not crowded. The camp did fill up, even for October, however many sites were closed due to Covid. Tents, small and large RV’s occupied the many sites. Some sites are more level than others, bring some leveling blocks if your are towing a camper. We walked the 2 mile trail, there is a 6 mile and an 8 mile hike too. Dino’s supermarket is about 10 minutes away by car and has a traditional supermarket style, a welcome change from big box. I will come back here, it was peaceful, I need that.

  • Review photo of George Washington State Campground by Andrew P., October 4, 2020
  • Review photo of George Washington State Campground by Andrew P., October 4, 2020
  • Review photo of George Washington State Campground by Andrew P., October 4, 2020
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Joanna M.
Reviewed Jul. 29, 2020

One of my favorites

They allow 2 cars per site. Kept very clean. Swimming area. Great for kayaking and fishing. We camp in our tent. They do allow RVs. Tons of hiking trails. Picnic tables and fire pit at each site. The folks a few miles down the road by the rotary sell giant piles of wood for $10. They do not have an on site store or sell firewood. So bring your own things. Simple but very nice.

  • Review photo of George Washington State Campground by Joanna M., July 29, 2020
  • Review photo of George Washington State Campground by Joanna M., July 29, 2020
  • Review photo of George Washington State Campground by Joanna M., July 29, 2020
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M
Reviewed Aug. 21, 2019

Nice, but...

Pros: Nice campground with big private spots. Nice bathhouse with pay showers. Pretty, man made lake with a beach area for swimming and paddling. Cons: no hook-ups yet it cost $36 for out of state residents plus the fees which put it up to $44. Also only one bathhouse so port-a-potties along the road. Another thing we found was that the park staff here and elsewhere in RI were very lacking in knowledge about basically anything. Overall a nice place but pricey for anyone but RI residents.

  • Review photo of George Washington State Campground by Michelle H., August 21, 2019
  • Review photo of George Washington State Campground by Michelle H., August 21, 2019
Tula C.
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2019

Camp as a nomad

Was clean and beautiful

J
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2018

Lots of things to do

There is a nice beach for children. The water was warm and clean. You can kayak or canoe. The dogs cannot go on the beach, but they can go in the boats. I stayed at a hike in camp site. It is a difficult hike in and I only recommend for backpackers. It is very noisy, the road has heavy traffic. I was disappointed that I picked a hike in site and it sounded like I was camped on the side of a highway.

The staff was young and not friendly. They weren’t really rude per say, but they had no personal interaction skills. They all looked like they hated being there. Typical millenial attitude.

The new bathrooms are great! Lots of things to do in the area as well. Great food nearby.

SiteA1 (hike in)
Month of VisitAugust
  • Review photo of George Washington State Campground by Jessica W., August 25, 2018
  • Review photo of George Washington State Campground by Jessica W., August 25, 2018
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Joey S.
Reviewed Jul. 20, 2018

Nice!

Has great hiking trails going around some lakes. Clean showers

T
Reviewed Jul. 2, 2018

Beautiful campground

ThIs is a lovely campground with a beautiful beach, new pay shower and bathrooms. We enjoyed swimming and fishing.

  • Review photo of George Washington State Campground by Thomas M., July 2, 2018
  • Review photo of George Washington State Campground by Thomas M., July 2, 2018
  • Review photo of George Washington State Campground by Thomas M., July 2, 2018
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Adelle C.
Reviewed Jun. 18, 2018

tentsite

beautiful place to stay for the night. quiet and secluded.

  • Review photo of George Washington State Campground by Adelle C., June 18, 2018
  • Review photo of George Washington State Campground by Adelle C., June 18, 2018
  • Review photo of George Washington State Campground by Adelle C., June 18, 2018
Kelly F.
Reviewed Jun. 13, 2018

State park

Big open sites, really quiet, great place to relax and hike

Month of VisitMay
  • Review photo of George Washington State Campground by Kelly F., June 13, 2018
B
Reviewed May. 29, 2018

Reasonable prices. Very popular destination

Very reasonable camping. Water and showers well places throughout park. Recreation areas keep kids busy

Month of VisitSeptember
Calyn A.
Reviewed Sep. 10, 2017

Great for multi family camping

We stayed for two nights with twelve families with twenty kids under the age of 8. The campground was safe, nicely laid out so we could have a series of sites next to one another. Biking was a blast for the kids along with trail hike around pond, beach, and fishing. Bathrooms were new and convenient. Was a nice get away, and only ten minutes from a grocery store. We will go back for sure next summer.

SiteSite 43 and all others on that road
Month of VisitOctober
  • Review photo of George Washington State Campground by Calyn A., September 10, 2017
  • Review photo of George Washington State Campground by Calyn A., September 10, 2017
Nick S.
Reviewed Jun. 11, 2017

Everything I look for

My family and I come here twice a season it's quiet it's calm and never crowded. There's fishing and hiking right in the park

M
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2017

THE BEST VEIW OF THE SKY

I THINK THIS IS A NICE PLACE IF YOU WANT TO VEIW THE SKY AT NIGHT COME AND ENJOY IT I KNOW I DID

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost to camp at George Washington State Campground?

Camping at George Washington State Campground can cost between $14.00 and $35.00 depending on the site.

Does George Washington State Campground have RV hookups?

According to TheDyrt.com, George Washington State Campground has water hookups and sewer hookups.

Are fires allowed at George Washington State Campground?

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

Does George Washington State Campground have wifi?

No, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, George Washington State Campground does not have wifi.

Is there cell phone reception at George Washington State Campground?

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