Burlingame State Park
Address: 1 Burlingame State Park Rd., Charlestown RI 02813
Time from Boston: 1 hour, 50 minutes (94 miles)
Camping at Burlingame State Park
Rhode Island has a number of campgrounds near the beach that are attractive camping spots for New England residents. Burlingame State Park may not be right on the beach, but it’s pretty close.
Located in southern Rhode Island near Charlestown, Burlingame is about a two-hour drive from the city of Boston. The park is home to a staggering 755 campsites. Even with that many spots, the park can sometimes fill up during the popular summer camping season. Sites can accommodate large trailers and motorhomes. Reserve your site online.
With so many campsites available, you’ll want to take some time to pick out a good spot. Check out the campground map to see all of the park’s separate camping areas. The Fish Camp Area is located closest to Watchaug Pond, while other areas are more forested. There’s the Legiontown Camp Area, the Mills Camp Area, and the creatively-titled 400 and 500 areas.
Swimming, boating and fishing are possible in the pond, and lifeguards are on duty from 9 am to 5 pm during the warmer months.
This is a very no-frills campground, with very basic showers (don’t expect tons of hot water.) Alcohol is not permitted on the premises, and visitors say that the park has a rather strict security patrol for a campground. Loud voices late at night are not tolerated. They crack down hard!
Burlingame has a long history. It opened way back in 1934 as Burlingame State Reservation. During World War II, the park houses army and navy personnel. The park was overhauled and upgraded in 1991 and now includes firepits, picnic tables, boating opportunities, and hiking trails.
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