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Best Rhode Island Campgrounds | 10 Favorites

Looking for the best camping in Rhode Island? Plan the perfect outdoor getaway with our list of top Rhode Island campgrounds.

By Ian Aldrich

May 27 2022

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Best Rhode Island Campgrounds | Burlingame State Park

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The best Rhode Island campgrounds are a varied bunch. There are woodsy getaways, seaside escapes, and even rustic retreats with full-service cable and electricity. Whatever the experience you’re aiming for, you’re sure to find it on our list of best campgrounds in Rhode Island. And for more camping fun, explore our lineup of the best campgrounds in New England.

Best Rhode Island Campgrounds | 10 Favorites

Bowdish Lake Camping Area, Glocester

For those who want to get away without, you know, completely getting away, Bowdish is a nice option, as its facilities include television and Internet access. But for those who can manage to pull themselves away from the latest episode of Westworld, what awaits is certainly worth exploring. There’s a private beach, fishing, hayrides, horseshoe courts, ice cream socials, and the chance to see a professional chainsaw wood carver at work.

Burlingame State Campground | Best Rhode Island Campgrounds
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Burlingame State Campground, Burlingame

At this large state property, 700 campsites and 20 cabins dot the landscape. Swim in Watchaug Pond, or traverse the trails that snake through the nearby Kimball Wildlife Sanctuary. Playground, arcade, boat ramp and canoe rentals are just a few of the many amenities offered here.

Second Beach Family Campground, Middletown

Calling all ocean lovers. Second Beach makes its home — you guessed it — near the beach. The campground’s small sites are strictly for RVs. Bathroom and laundry facilities are available, as is the nighttime life in Newport, which is just a 10-minute drive away.

Charlestown Breachway | Best Rhode Island Campgrounds
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Charlestown Breachway, Charlestown

A gorgeous beach and what’s been called some of the best saltwater fishing in South County help set this popular campground apart. Campers will find 75 sites, strictly available to self-contained RV units, not to mention some prime southern New England ocean swimming in Block Island Sound.

Melville Ponds, Portsmouth

Both tent and RV sites are available at Melville, which makes its home a scant five miles from Newport and a lush array of Rhode Island beaches. Hiking and walking trails lace the campground’s property, a playground awaits the kiddos, and sporty types can hit the volleyball and basketball courts.

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Fishermen’s Memorial State Park and Campground, Narragansett

The big lure at this campground is its location. The park is situated near four prime state beaches, and for those who want a lovely day trip, Fishermen’s is a scant mile from the Block Island ferry dock. Of course, there’s plenty of reasons to stay put, too. Manicured walking paths, playground, and water views all play starring roles. Open to both tenters and RV campers.

Fort Getty Campground, Jamestown

This 41-acre waterside campground offers 83 seasonal RV sites and 24 tent sites. Fort Getty is a popular public space for local residents, but campers, too, will relish the open spaces, water views, boat ramp, dock, and old military fortifications that define the place.

George Washington Memorial Camping Area | Best Rhode Island Campgrounds
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George Washington Memorial Camping Area, Clocester

This no-frills, never-crowded campground sprawls over 100 wooded acres (part of the 4,000-acre George Washington Management Area) and features a lake for swimming and kayaking, a walking trail, and plenty of peace and quiet. Named a 2013 Yankee Editors’ Pick for “Best Off-the-Grid Escape.”

Ginny-B Campground | Best Rhode Island Campgrounds
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Ginny-B Campground, Foster

Generations of families have flocked to Ginny-B, which first opened its doors in 1967. The 90-acre property features a three-acre pond, a separate fishing lake, sports area, and two recreation halls. For clans with especially young kids, free children’s bingo is always a big hit.

Whispering Pines Campground, Hope Valley

Campers of all stripes will find a vacation home at Whispering Pines. Tent sites, RV spots, and — for those who like a little accommodation with their accommodations — cabin rentals (think refrigerator, running water, and AC). Family fun is the focus here, and this campground does not disappoint. Game room with arcade (!), mini golf, swimming pool, and volleyball, and even a barrel train are just a few of the many features offered.

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