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George Washington State Campground
Address: 2185 Putnam Pike, Chepachet RI 02814
Phone: 401-568-6700
Time from Boston: 1 hour, 20 minutes (68 miles)

Camping at George Washington State Campground

Heading to Rhode Island to go camping may not be every Boston resident’s first instinct, but the George Washington State Campground is located just over an hour away from the city, making it a nice option for those who enjoy primitive camping. The GW camping area can be found in Chepachet in the western part of the state, not far from Glocester.

It’s all primitive here – no showers, no electric, no real bathrooms (though pit toilets and/or outhouses are available.) The only water on the grounds comes from spigots around the park.

The camping area is about 100 acres, while the full George Washington Management Area is more than 3400 acres of mostly forested land. The camping sites are just a short walk from the shore of Bowdish Reservoir. Swimming, fishing and boating are permitted on the grounds. And good news for pet owners – cats and dogs are welcome for overnight stays.

A small version of the George Washington State Campground is below. Click here for a larger version (PDF).

george washington state campground map

This is a smaller campground, so consider reserving a spot in advance. The campground consists of 45 car camping gravel sites. Trailers and RVs can fit in the spots as well.

Those who enjoy camping in early spring or late autumn, take notice: The camping season here is longer than that of many other New England campgrounds. You can camp at GW State Campground from the second weekend of April until the end of October.

As for group camping, the campground has two adirondack shelters that can fit up to 20 people, plus five “tent platforms” (12 feet x 12 feet) on Angell Loop Trail that can fit up to four people and two tents. These are all available by reservation. The tent platform spots require a half-mile hike each way from the parking lot.