The Best Tent Camping in Rhode Island

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Despite being the smallest state in the U.S., Rhode Island has a lot of great camping opportunities for any visitor. Hop in the car with your tent and head to any of the state parks with campgrounds that provide ample access to hiking, swimming and biking.

Fishermen's State Park and Campground

Just 15 minutes away from Newport, Rhode Island, Fishermen's State Park and Campground offers plenty to do at the park and nearby. According to the Rhode Island State Parks website, Fishermen's State Park is like a seaside village. You can go swimming, play horseshoes, basketball or tennis. The park is also close to several other beaches. When you are ready to pitch your tent, you can choose between areas with RV hook-ups or without. Restrooms and coin-operated hot showers are available.

Burlingame State Campground

Burlingame State Campground has thousands of acres of woodlands to explore. If you'd like to reserve a campsite, visit ReserveAmerica online (see Resources) or call the park for more information. From Memorial Day until Labor Day, there is a four-night minimum stay at the campgrounds. Other times of the year, the reservation requirements are dropped to one night.

George Washington Memorial Camping Area

The George Washington Memorial Camping Area is located within the larger George Washington Management area, which covers about 4,000 acres. The campsites at George Washington are all primitive, giving you an opportunity to be closer to nature. Enjoy going hiking and biking around the park and exploring forests. You can also go swimming. There are also cabins available. The park has bathrooms and pit toilets available. Make a reservation prior to your visit.

East Beach

East Beach does not have much to offer in the way of amenities, but that is part of what makes it a great place to visit and camp. The beach area has three miles of beach lining the waters, little of which has been developed. You can go swimming, boating or windsurfing. You may not stay longer than four consecutive days, and you then must wait at least three days before returning. Portable restrooms are available.


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