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Burlingame State Park Campground

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  • The ground in 500 Loop is decorated with leaves from the previous fall season and new fern growth.- Burlingame State Park Campground
  • This is the forest canopy throughout the 500 Loop. Denser populations of trees here make for quieter nights.- Burlingame State Park Campground
  • Common trailside and roadside forest scenery. This is directly behind Cabins L through N.- Burlingame State Park Campground
  • Southern Rhode Island shares its mornings with fog more so than the rest of the state.- Burlingame State Park Campground
  • Fire pit in front of cabins L through N. Kayaks await the water activities for the day.- Burlingame State Park Campground
  • Rental Canoes from the campground services.- Burlingame State Park Campground
  • Road to cabins L through N and the secluded beach.- Burlingame State Park Campground
  • The smaller beach in front of cabins L through N is perfect for launching small watercraft and staying away from the crowds.- Burlingame State Park Campground
  • Canoes for rent by the campground services await deployment this foggy morning.- Burlingame State Park Campground
  • The 500 loop is special in that it feels like a little island away from the rest of the campground. Its seclusion is great to escape the traffic of central grounds, but it is farther away from the amenities the grounds have to offer, including the pond.- Burlingame State Park Campground
  • Lovely couple enjoying their Sunday morning.- Burlingame State Park Campground
  • Common roadside and trailside scenery within the grounds.- Burlingame State Park Campground
  • The entire 500 loop is generally the same, with a decently large driveway that opens into a common area. Campsites are bordered by dispersed pine allowing privacy.- Burlingame State Park Campground
  • Cabins L through N sit on a quiet waterfront and are perfect to pitch tents next to if the whole family can't fit.- Burlingame State Park Campground
  • The camp store has everything you don't have in your cooler, trunk or backpack.- Burlingame State Park Campground
  • The biggest bathroom on the grounds has showers and hot water.- Burlingame State Park Campground
  • The playground is next to the general store and has a great open field next to it for lawn games.- Burlingame State Park Campground
  • All 600 sites have similar grounds. They are in a field with few trees separating the sites. They are extremely close to the amenities, making them best for families.- Burlingame State Park Campground
  • Campground Rec Hall offers indoor games as well as horseshoe.- Burlingame State Park Campground
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Pros: 
Great for families. Superior amenities. Close to beaches. Large campsites.
Cons: 
Very large campground. Big crowds. Bugs.
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Region:
Rhode Island, RI
Managed by: 
State of Rhode Island Division of Parks and Recreation
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Parking Pass: 
2nd car
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Reservations possible: 
Yes
Current Local Weather:
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Campground Description

Campground Description

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Burlingame State Park is, by Rhode Island Standards, a very large swath of land that connects a large campground to bike trails, a wildlife sanctuary, forested trails and a fair sized pond. It lies in the forest of Charlestown in Southern Rhode Island. While the grounds lie in the forest, the beaches are close by and offer plenty of daytime water activities in the area.

The campground is perfect for families, as the property is loaded with amenities to keep the family entertained and comfortable. The camp store has everything you will need from water, food and wood to swim gear and camp novelties. There are a few large bathrooms across the grounds with showers, a rec hall, a playground and sport courts. It is truly a place to ease your family and friends into the camping scene as "glamping" is made easy here.

The 500 loop is quieter during nighttime hours because it is heavily wooded and farther away from the main campground attractions like the general store, athletic court, playground and the pond. For those that enjoy portable hammocks for sleeping/napping and lounging, choose this loop due to the bountiful trees. This area is also farther away from the pond and standing water, eliminating airborne bugs. The entire loop is extremely consistent from campsite to campsite as far as tree cover and space goes.

If you have kids or looking for more conveniences, the 600 loop and loops 0 through 300 are the best options because they will have the closest proximity to amenities like showers, bathrooms, a camp store, etc. Keep in mind that these campsites are in a more field-like setting with a couple of trees around the sites for privacy. If you value campsite privacy, these are not ideal loops. There is ample space, however, between each site in these loops.

The area for cabins L through N has a petite parking area (for those not staying in the cabins) with shoreline that is less popular than the main pond beach. It is small and quiet, good for launching off a kayak or canoe that you brought or rented from the campground. 

East Beach and the Charleston Breachway is very close, as is the Connecticut border. The Block Island Ferry is pretty close by as well. This campground can serve as a good home base for beaching it or exploring southern Rhode Island and Connecticut. You will not have to venture far out of the campground to feel welcomed into Southern Rhode Island society once again. If you will be coming from the north, be sure to stop at Crazy Burger in Narragansett on your way in. 

Keep in mind this is considered a dry campground, so there is no alcohol allowed on the premises. Quiet hours, starting at 10 p.m., are strictly enforced by rangers. 

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