Black Rock State Park RV & Campground Guide

Connecticut

Black Rock State Park

spans 444 acres of breathtaking forest and lake. Visitors can swim, hike, take in the views, and learn about the Native American lore and history of that area of Connecticut. Hiking trails offer views of Black Rock, Black Rock Lake, and Black Rock Pond, and autumn visits are a wonderful time to see the colorful New England foliage. 

Weather at the park isn’t too extreme. Winter temps can dip just below 30F, and summer highs are around 78F. The park gets precipitation an average of 1-2 weeks per month, year-round.

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Weather
Spring 57-70 F
Summer 76-78 F
Fall 58-73 F
Winter 46-48 F
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Nearby Cities
Thomaston, CT
Watertown, CT
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Black Rock State Park

There is RV camping available at the park, with modern restrooms with flush toilets and showers, and dump stations available. The campground has electric and water hookups and a picnic table and grill at each site. If you decide to RV camp, you can rent one from RVshare.com, where you’ll find a variety of options - one is sure to be perfect for you and your family. All rentals come with nationwide insurance, 24/7 roadside assistance, and a world-class team dedicated to helping you with your RV trip. You can rent an RV near your home and head to the park on a road trip, or if you’d prefer, you can fly nearer to your destination and rent an RV there. Along with camping right inside the park, you can try one of these nearby campgrounds. 

Branch Brook Campground

Branch Brook is directly across from Black Rock State Park, and close to fishing, boating, and beaches. 

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wifi: yes
  • Pet-friendly: n/a
  • Other amenities: showers, laundry, swimming pool, rec hall 

Cozy Hills Campground

Cozy Hills Campground has gem stone mining, a 12-acre fishing pond, canoes and kayaks, arts & crafts, and more. 

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wifi: yes
  • Pet-friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: pool, outdoor laser tag, arcade, fishing pond, arts & crafts, playgrounds, horseshoe pits, weekend entertainment

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What to Do at
Black Rock State Park

Inside Black Rock State Park

The park is in the rolling hills of the Western Highlands, and offers many activities! Black Rock Pond, which got its name from the graphite deposits settlers were allowed to mine by the Native Americans, has steep, wooded ledges with a variety of trees. Take in the scenery while hiking the Mattatuck Trail, which connects the park to the Mattatuck State Forest.

You can also fish and swim at the park. 

Outside Black Rock State Park

The Western Highlands not only offer a gorgeous backdrop to the park, they’re home to plenty of other things to do as well!

Restaurants

There are several places to quell your hunger after a day of swimming or hiking!

The Charcoal Chef

This Woodbury landmark opened in the 1950s on farmland, with a menu focused on charcoal-grilled meats. It remains one of the only restaurants in Connecticut that still cooks on charcoal. 

Type: Comfort food

Location: Woodbury, CT

Liquid Chocolate & Company

This cacao-inspired cafe is a great place to curl up with a delicious sweetened or unsweetened cacao drink. Try flavoring one with Reishi, chili pepper, or salted caramel, and learn about the health benefits of this delicious treat!

Type: Dessert

Location: Woodbury, CT

John’s Cafe

This bistro in the antiquing capital of Connecticut has food with a Mediterranean flair. The wine list offers selections from the West Coast, France, Italy, and Spain. They offer homemade pasta, salads, desserts and more.

Type: American

Location: Woodbury, CT

Shopping

Woodbury Antiques Trail

Wander through the hamlet of Woodbury and browse antiques at more than 35 shops. The trail eventually intersects with Rte. 64 at the Antiques Flea Market, which is open Saturdays. Also, be sure to visit Woodbury Pewter to shop and see pieces made by local artisans. 

Location: Woodbury, CT

Sightseeing

Walker Road Vineyards

This family-owned farm winery is located in nearby Woodbury, CT. They focus on blending grapes in classic tradition. Pop in to the tasting room in their renovated 150-year old barn to try their wines, or pack a picnic and have it - along with a bottle of wine - on their porch overlooking the vineyards.

Location: Woodbury, CT

Flanders Nature Center/Land Trust

The Van Vleck Farm, Hetzel and Whittemore sanctuaries offer plenty of hiking, a nature center, a seasonal farm, and garden programs.

Location: Woodbury, CT

Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden

Pastor Reverend Joseph Bellamy, a renowned leader of the Great Awakening, built the house around 1754. In 1912, New Yorkers Henry and Eliza Ferriday acquired it as a summer residence, and Mrs. Ferriday and her daughter designed a formal garden which today features historic-style roses, peonies, and lilacs.

Location: Bethlehem, CT

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How to Get to
Black Rock State Park

From Route 8 north: Take Exit 38. Turn left at the end of the exit ramp to first traffic light. Turn left at the traffic light onto US Route 6 west. The park entrance is a 1/2 mile on the right on US Route 6.

From Route 8 south: Take Exit 38. Go straight ahead at the end of the exit ramp to US Route 6 west. The park entrance is on the right.

Entering Black Rock State Park

There is an entrance fee for Black Rock State Park. Fees don't apply to Connecticut residents.

Weekdays : $10

Weekends : $15

Visiting Black Rock State Park is a wonderful way to experience the lush Connecticut landscape. There are so many outdoor activities and ways to learn about the history of the area.  While you’re on your trip, don’t forget to tag us in your social media posts or send us a photo and some details at [email protected]. We may just feature your story on our blog or social media channels. Happy camping!