Standard (Tent/RV)
Tent Cabin
RV Sites
Tent Sites
Drinking Water
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
About Burlingame

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.

$18.00 - $75.00
Drive In
Walk In
Boat In
ADA Accessible
No Alcohol
Drinking Water
Electric Hookups
Fires Allowed
Firewood Available
Pets Allowed
Phone Service
Picnic Table
Trash Available
No WiFi
RVs and Trailers
Sanitary Dump
No Sewer Hookups
Water Hookups
Pull-Through Sites
Max Length: 60 ft.
Burlingame is located in Rhode Island
41.3622 N
-71.6993 W
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37 Reviews of Burlingame
I love this campground!!

Very well maintained, clean and picturesque. Go in late September when the kids are back to school and there are very few campers. Holiday weekends are crowded but the sites are large and spread apart. No hookups but that's ok if you are self contained. Plenty of bath/toilet facilities and close to kayaking on the Wood river if you dont prefer the very large pond that you can access in the campground. Great place to bike and hike.

Burlingame State Park, secluded weekend get-away with the right campsite!!

This campground is one of the largest ones we have ever visited.  You will need to dry camp if you have an RV but they have several dump stations throughout the park.  It is primarily tent campers but those days are in our distant past.  Plan to arrive early or on an off day as check-in can create a line, especially during the COVID-19 period.  With that said, the staff had an organized structure and the process went smoothly….have a mask, your license and vehicle registrations.  We stayed site 143, this site has a slight incline to get to the RV location and you will need to navigate some rocks but it is well worth the effort.  In front of the site had a port-a-potty, you will find these throughout the campground in addition to the bath houses.  I highly recommend you bring bikes, hiking shoes and kayaks.  The campground will keep you busy trying to ride each loop and discovering future campsite locations.  You can venture to Watchaug Pond, the name fools you as the pond is large enough for boats pulling tubes.  I recommend keeping to the edges while kayaking as the boat traffic and waves could put you at risk.  Their is a nice hike, called Vin Gormley Trail that you can enter and exit from the campground, it is an 8 mile loop around the pond.  Highly recommend the hike, we did it on a Sunday morning while most campers were packing up which is recommended since there are alot of narrow walk-ways designed for one-way traffic.  Follow bound4burlingame on Facebook and Instagram, they share stories and even little scavenger hunts that we tried.  The beach can get busy but what beach isn't on a hot summers day.  Dogs are welcomed, please keep them on a leash but I know our pups enjoyed this campground and it was nice not to be on top of your camping neighbor.  For a State Park its hard to ask for more, if I had one option it would be nice to have electric sites.  You can use your generator from 8a-8p but those hot summer days could get warm.  We will be coming back here to try other loops….Happy Camping from WickedRVAdventures

Had a blast!!

Rough grounds with rocks & roots but felt so in nature! Every other site is closed for coronavirus spread prevention. Made the whole campground feel bigger. Water was nice, sand was clean. The store was incredibly helpful and convenient! Beautiful big trees every where!!

Large wooded state park

Hundreds of sites, some level some not, some dirt sites, some grassy, some with a ton of shade, some out in the open, excellent for bikes, there are in-camp roads, so big you can get lost(sorta), store was good, credit card purchases pay an additional 4% at store, water spigots were not in abundance but were available in each camp, yes this place is so big there are different camps within the park. Good for pets, there are two dumping spots each with two dumps,I would definitely go back.

Spacious Forest Campground

This is perfect for a family camping trip. We really liked the ambiance of a forest, and it's really easy to find your way around. The sound of trees at night is mesmerizing.

Great family campground

This is a nice and clean campground! Perfect for the family and the lake is beautiful!

Great family campground

This is a nice and clean campground! Perfect for the family and the lake is beautiful!

Huge campground, not many level sites.

I've never camped in Rhode Island, so I was curious to see what a state park campground had to offer. Rates are reasonable for state residents, but quite high if you are out-of-state, given the amenities. There are no hookups, but dump stations are available. Bathrooms have flush toilets and coin-operated showers. There's a small beach at the pond, a boat ramp, and proximity to wildlife refuges and the ocean. It's a HUGE campground, with 700 sites and 20 cabins. Canoes are available to rent.

There's a nice playground, a camp store, and a naturalists cabin. Trails are available for hiking and biking. The beach is sandy and there's a small parking lot there, but I suspect most people walk to it. No alcohol allowed. 

I didn't see more than a handful of level sites, with varying degrees of slope, but many are quite large. If you have an RV, plan to level; if you have a tent, be sure to bring good mattresses to protect you from the roots and rocks and orient your head to the uphill side. Most of the sites have some degree of visual separation from their neighbors, but there are places where it's hard to tell where one site ends and the next one starts. Site have fire rings and picnic tables, but if you plan to cook over the fire, bring your own grate or plan to use sticks and/or aluminum foil. 

If you don't have a tent, consider reserving one of their rustic cabins. These offer two sets of bunks (no mattresses) and a small porch with a picnic table and fire ring outside. Some are located along the pond.

3-4 bar cell phone coverage. No road traffic. East Beach is nearby, but parking fills early.

One of my favorites

If you want a good visit do not stay down by the lake!!!

Great campground - Little pricey for out of state ($36)

Huge campground - Over 700 spots in total !