Top 10 Campgrounds and RV Parks Top 10 Gillette Castle State Park Campgrounds Rv Parks

Built by William Hooker Gillette, actor, director, and playwright, the Gillette Castle sits on 184 acres. The 24 room mansion is reminiscent of a medieval castle. Now owned by the State of Connecticut, the property is open for visitors.

Gillette personally oversaw the building of the castle and its many hand carved features. All of the woodwork within the castle is hand-crafted southern white oak and each carving is different. Furnished with built-in couches, tables on tracks, and hand-carved light switches, his creativity is evident. When visiting Connecticut, don’t miss the Gillette Castle State Park.

Wolf’s Den Family Campground

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Located on 35 acres on the scenic Connecticut River Valley, the Wolf’s Den Family Campground offers family fun throughout the season. The property offers fishing, swimming, a playground, recreation hall & arcade, miniature golf, volleyball, basketball, shuffleboard, and horseshoes, along with seasol activities. This is a great place to stay and only 2 miles away from Gillette Castle State Park.

Why You’ll Love Wolf’s Den Family Campground

This is a family oriented campground and they go out of their way to make families welcome. From spring through fall, every weekend has themed planned activities for family fun. The campground is well-located with plenty of activities onsite and nearby.

What People Are Saying About Wolf’s Den Family Campground

“This is a great place for good old fashioned camping, where you would have to think about how to entertain yourselves. This is now my daughter’s new favorite place to camp. She loved the fact that the available activities weren’t so regimented like in other campgrounds. She could play games whenever she wanted outside of the schedule. The cost to use the equipment is a nomil deposit. From a parent point of view, the grounds were clean. The pool bathrooms were so-so. The pool was clean, large and great temperature. The landscaping appeared to be kept up.” – eyerishangel, RV Park Reviews.

“We loved everything about Wolf’s Den except the tight roads within the park. It was a lovely wooded campground with a kind of state park feel. The weekend was busy but during the week it was very quiet. We loved that it was very convenient to a lot of area attractions – it provided a good home base. We loved coming back in the late afternoon and taking a dip in the well maintained pool.”

Witch Meadow Lake Family Campground

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Centrally located in Southeastern Connecticut, Witch Meadow Lake Family Campground is only 13 miles and 20 minutes from the Gillette Castle State Park. This Good Sam park has plenty to see and do and is centrally located to many area attractions. Onsite, you’ll enjoy a 14 acre lake, tennis courts, pet walking trail, a recreation hall for the kids and adult lounge, sports, and heated pool.

Why You’ll Love Witch Meadow Lake Family Campground

This family oriented campground has plenty to do. The 14 acre lake has swimming, a sandy beach, sunbathing, fishing, boating, hydrobikes, canoes, and swan paddleboats. There are also sports, a pet walking trail, and a heated pool. The kids will enjoy the Rec Hall & Arcade and there is also an adult lounge with card games, a large screen TV, and a lending library.

What People Are Saying About Witch Meadow Lake Family Campground

“Great spot (#9), right on the lake so we could fish right from our site. Staff was super friendly, key card access, great country store and beach. Would have liked full sewer hookup at the site, but I understand being on the water gravity is working against you. Lots of activities for our boys, almost like a summer camp. Highly recommend going. Bring your kayak and fishing pole!”-Pshaine, RV Park Reviews

Grandview CampResort

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This is a clean, safe, and affordable park for families.   Only 6.7 miles from Gillette Castle State Park, it makes a great home-base for the castle and other neighboring attractions. Located on 22.5 acres, the campground offers an excellent view of the Connecticut countryside.

Why You’ll Love Grandview CampResort

The GrandView has a beautiful country setting with old fashioned entertainment. There is a game room with plenty of games for the kids. The store has a room for board games, books, and a good wifi connection.

What People Are Saying About Grandview CampResort

“This is our 3rd trip the Grand View. I am still amazed on all the continued improvements, some of which are 7 new W/E/S sites with 4 more in the works. Bathrooms & showers by pool area were clean but found shower stalls cramped and tough to move around in. Most of the new W/E/S sites are pull thru and excess seems easy even with the larger Class A’s. Geography at the campground is mostly open on a slightly graded hill. Grounds are well maintained. Interior roads and sites dirt and crushed stone. Our W/E hookups were in good working order and no problem backing into our site. WiFi was very good, okay signal on our Verizon cell phone. Grandview is located in a beautiful country area which just adds more character to an already great little country campground that caters to the quieter crowd. Owners were professional, friendly and informative and will go out of their way to make sure your stay is enjoyable. Would certainly return again or recommend this place to anyone.” – mdcamping, RV Park Reviews

“Quiet campground. Site are open and level. Owners take a lot of pride in the campground. Not much in the way of activities but there is a pool, arcade and a room above the office with books, board games and puzzles. Bathrooms are clean and showers are free. Campstore has basics, there is a small market and a few restaurants close by.” – JJZS, RV Park Reviews

Salem Farms Campground

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Located on 157 acres in rural Salem, Salem Farms Campground offers plenty to do. Swim in 2 pools, play on the playgrounds, play miniature-golf, Bocce, volleyball, badminton, basketball, tennis, horseshoes, or shuffleboard. Nature trails, lakes, ponds, and streams are only minutes away.

Why You’ll Love Salem Farms Campground

There is so much to do here. For the kids, the campground offers two playgrounds, a petting zoo, two pools, video games, nature trails, and arts and crafts. Adults will find an assortment of sports activities available.

What People Are Saying About Salem Farms Campground

“I stayed here again in July with my 2 kids. The staff is very helpful, friendly and the place is very clean. I found sitting at the pool their seasonal people are very welcoming to us non seasonal guest. We DID NOT pay for a single activity except when they played candy bingo. That was fifty cents and they had a ball. We attended their dance with a great energetic DJ on Saturday night and enjoyed some fired dough and ice cream for the kids at the snack bar.”-FPguy, RV Park Reviews

“Quiet, family-friendly campground with several activities hosted by campground every weekend (to include hayrides, arts & crafts, DJ dance party, etc.) People are respectful of the noise curfew and the speed limit. Office staff very attentive and helpful.” – LMurphy, RV Park Review

Markham Meadows Campground

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Markham Meadows Campground is a family friendly campground located 11 miles and 21 minutes away from Gillette Castle. There are two ponds for fishing, free paddleboating, and free kayaks. Kids will enjoy the playscape, arcade, and pool. You’ll find lots to keep you busy. This makes a great home-base while visiting area attractions.

Why You’ll Love Markham Meadows Campground

Kids and adults will find plenty to do here. In addition to the available amenities, there is weekend entertainment and planned events.

What People Are Saying About Markham Meadows Campground

“This is a busy place. More of a camp than anything else, with numerous seasonal visitors. The staff is VERY friendly and helpful. Wi-Fi at our site is fine. Signs leading to the park are few and you must be attentive to find it. Our GPS got us lost, but the phone and Google Map navigation did fine.”-Red Wolf Deux, RV Park Reviews

“Owner is super sweet! There is a ton of stuff to do there! There is a playground, a pool, a pond you can swim and fish in, paddle boat, game room. The spots were spacious.” – M holmea, RV Park Reviews

Nelson Family Campground

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Located on 175 acres in the heart of central Connecticut, the Nelson Family Campground is well placed for use as a home-base while visiting nearby attractions. The Gillette Castle State Park is 15.4 miles away. The campground offers plenty to do: a 60′ swimming pool, recreation hall, pool tables, ticket redemption games, basketball, volleyball, mini-golf, hiking, and fishing. There is a 540 acre lake only 1/4 mile away for boating.

Why You’ll Love Nelson Family Campground

The Nelson Family Campground is located in a beautiful area of East Hampton. There is plenty to keep kids busy here. The pool is a nice draw and the playground is excellent. There are lots of activities to keep everyone busy and East Hampton is easily accessible.

Rocky Neck State Park

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18 miles and 30 minutes away in East Lyme, Rocky Neck State Park has something for everyone. Soft sandy beaches, picnic areas, train watching, hiking trails, and salt marsh viewing platforms make this park unique. Try area saltwater fishing and crabbing.

Why You’ll Love Rocky Neck State Park

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What People Are Saying About Rocky Neck State Park

“Within the park itself, there is easy access to Rocky Neck State Park Beach, as well as easy on and off from I-95 (within 5 minutes from campground) to access local town such as Niantic, Mystic, and a close run to the Mohegan Sun Casino. Many fun things to do in the area.”-RV Park Reviews

“Experience was good during our stay at Rocky Neck. The grounds are beautiful, and the ability to walk around the park on the hiking trails or walk down to the beach is a great aspect.” -Ripley21, RV Park Reviews

Odetah Camping Resort

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Odetah Camping Resort offers much to do. A secluded 32 acre lake offers boating, fishing, picnicing, and sunbathing on the beach. Bring your own small boat: electric trolling motors and sails are welcome, no gas motors. You’ll enjoy mini-golf, volleyball, basketball, tennis, horseshoes, and shuffleboard. A pool and splashpad are big hits with the kids. Odetah Camping Resort is just under 20 miles from the Gillette Castle.

Why You’ll Love Odetah Camping Resort

The whole family will love the heated swimming pool and 15 person jacuzzi on a hot summer day. The pool is also the site of occasional DJ pool parties, poolside rootbeer floats, and music. The younger kids will love the new, state of the art splashpad with 20 water features and a 25 foot high bucket that randomly dumps water onto waiting or unsuspecting kids. This park is a great jumping off place for all the area attractions.

Riverdale Farm Campground

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Campsites at Riverdale Farm are nestled between the meandering Hammonasset River and a winding country road. You’ll find quality amenities and full services in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Enjoy trout fishing on the Hammonasset River or one of the many available sports. Riverdale Farm Campground is 21 miles from the Gillette Castle State Park.

Why You’ll Love Riverdale Farm Campground

This is a fun place for kids. There is swimming, fishing, and organized activities. The waterfront area is nice with a great view of Faulkner’s Island. The nearby town of Guilford has nice shops and restaurants. There is also a state park nearby with hiking trails.

What People Are Saying About Riverdale Farm Campground

“Great park, good location. Just watch the trees on River Road coming in; they hang low, not the campground’s fault. The pond was some of the best times we have had in the water all summer long! Lots of events always going on in the campground. Being from Texas, we had to attend the Texas BBQ meal and hoe-down. They did a good job!” – Donny and Donna, RV Park Reviews

“The nearby town of Guilford boasts the largest town common or green in the US. Guilford also features a quaint marina and small beach. Hammonasset State Park, practically a stone’s throw from Riverdale, features hundreds of campsites as well as welcoming sandy beaches.” – RV Park Review

Hammonasset State Park

Hammonasset State Park offers over 2 miles of beach for swimming, strolling on the boardwalk, fishing, hiking, and boat launch ramps. Primative and electric camping sites are available.

Why You’ll Love Hammonasset State Park

Why you’ll love Hammonasset State Park You’ll love the beaches here. The water is warm enough for swimming in the summer, and there is fishing and hiking here also. There is a playground for kids and they offer movies and activities on the weekends.

What People Are Saying About Hammonasset State Park

“This park exceeded my expectations. The park is large and the sites are roomy. The park is very clean and the grass pads were really nice and level. Clean. Did I mention clean? The beaches are easily accessible on foot and the Long Island Sound was really calm and pleasant to swim in even in late September. Meg’s Point nature area was a nice bike ride through the park and featured an impressive rocky beach which was really fun to climb and explore. (Or just to sit and view). Very, very pleasant.” – Jim and Ben, RV Park Reviews

In Summary

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You’ll find a wide variety of campgrounds and RV parks in the area surrounding Gillette Castle. Some of the parks listed here are primitive and others have all the amenities you could possibly want. The best campground for your family depends on your needs.

If you have small children, you’ll get a lot for your money at Odetah Camping Resort. The new splashpad is getting rave reviews from kids of all ages. There is also swimming and plenty more to do.

Sports lovers have plenty of choices. Most of these parks have access to hiking trails, fishing, and other outdoor sports and some offer boating. You’ll have plenty to do onsite and nearby at all of these parks. Make reservations whenever possible, because these parks fill up quickly.

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