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Best campgrounds in Connecticut

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Where to go camping with your family

Connecticut offers some amazing places to go camping with your friends and family. Check out some of our favorite campgrounds.

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Devil's Hopyard State Park Campground

Devil's Hopyard State Park covers over 900 acres of beautiful land and is highlighted by Chapman Falls, which spills into Eight Mile River. The river is one of the focal points as it runs through the picnic area and campground. Whether your family likes biking and hiking or bird watching and stream fishing, there's plenty to do at Devil's Hopyard. Camping is available from April through September, and there are 21 campsites.

Location: 366 Hopyard Road, East Haddam, CT 06423

Phone: 860-526-2336

Rates: Admission to the park is free. Camping is $14 a night for Connecticut residents and $24 a night for non-Connecticut residents.

Website: ct.gov

Hammonasset Beach State Park Campground

This popular Connecticut campground is open from mid-May through October 10. It features over 550 campsites, as well as two miles of beach. In addition to swimming, families enjoy beach volleyball, biking, canoe trips, saltwater fishing, strolling on the boardwalk and more.

Location: 1288 Boston Post Road, Madison, CT 06443

Phone: 203-245-2785

Rates: Admission to the park is $9 for Connecticut residents and $15 for non-Connecticut residents during the week. Weekends are slightly more. Camping is $20 per night for Connecticut residents, $30 per night for non-Connecticut residents and $70 per night for a rustic cabin.

Website: ct.gov

Macedonia Brook State Park Campground

This 2,300-acre park features the Blue Trail which crosses Cobble Mountain and a number of other spectacular peaks. From here, visitors can see amazing views of the Catskills and Taconic Mountains. At Macedonia Brook State Park, the camping season begins in mid-April and runs through the end of September. Fifty-one brookside, meadow or wooded campsites are available. You'll also find outhouses, picnic shelters and pay phones. Campers enjoy berry picking, biking, bird watching, hiking and more.

Location: Kent, CT 06757

Phone: 860-927-3238

Rates: Admission to the park is free. Camping is $14 a night for Connecticut residents and $24 a night for non-Connecticut residents.

Website: ct.gov

Black Rock State Park and Campground

If you love to hike, head to Black Rock State Park. You'll find a wide variety of trails, ranging from just a half hour to all day. One of the more popular trails is the Mattatuck Trail that offers a picturesque view of the Naugatuck Valley. Seventy-eight wooded campsites are available, and camping season extends from Memorial Day until the end of October. Keep in mind that the gates are open on the weekends only. Bring your family to Black Rock for camping, hiking, fishing and other outdoor adventures.

Location: U.S. Route 6, Thomaston, CT 06787

Phone: 860-283-8088

Rates: Admission to the park is $9 for Connecticut residents and $15 for non-Connecticut residents on the weekends. Camping is $17 a night for Connecticut residents and $27 a night for non-Connecticut residents.

Website: ct.gov

Selden Neck State Park Campground

For primitive camping, head to Selden Neck State Park. You can only get to this island park from the water. The uninhabited 607-acre island is roadless and features four paddle-in, primitive camp areas with fire pits and pit toilets. Each campsite can sleep six to 20 campers. Visitors to Selden Neck State Park enjoy fishing, hiking, nearby hunting and other outdoor activities. If you love roughing it, Selden Neck State Park offers a cheap, fun camping experience.

Location: Lyme, CT 06371

Phone: 860-526-2336

Rates: Camping is $5 per person per night.

Website: ct.gov

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