Pulaski State Park RV & Campground Guide

Rhode Island

The Pulaski State Park is in the northwestern Rhode Island town of Glocester in Providence County. The 100-acre park, which was founded in 1939, is officially known as the Pulaski Memorial Recreation Area and sits within the 4,000-acre George Washington Management Area. This day-use park offers opportunities for hiking, picnics, fishing, hunting, bicycling, horseback riding, summer swimming at Peck Pond, and wintertime cross-country skiing on 10 miles of groomed trails. While the local climate in spring and summer remains moderate, the region can get chilly during the winter. The charming villages of Harmony and Chepachet are within historic Glocester, which was established in 1639. Within a brief drive are the towns of Scituate and Smithfield in Rhode Island and Putnum across the state line in Connecticut.

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Weather
Spring 30-71 F
Summer 55-81 F
Fall 35-71 F
Winter 19-44 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Pulaski State Park

The best way to immerse yourself in a Rhode Island road trip is to travel by RV. You'll find many campgrounds in the Glocester region. Stopping into day-use parks with an RV is also extremely convenient as you can return to the camper for meals and rest breaks. If you don't have an RV, consider renting from RVshare, where you can find the ideal size and style to suit your needs.

George Washington Campground

The closest option to Pulaski State Park is George Washington Campground. This 100-acre campground is within the George Washington Management Area on the Bowdish Reservoir in Chepachet. A superb spot to enjoy fishing or outdoor activities, this primitive-style campground offers 45 standard RV gravel sites that run between $14 and $20 nightly.

  • Water hookup: No
  • Electrical hookup: No
  • Sewer hookup: No
  • Wi-Fi: No
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Other features: Water available at spigots within campground, dump station, boat launch with ramp, bathrooms (outhouses or pit toilets – no shower facilities)

Bowdish Lake Camping Area

You can enjoy sandy beaches at Bowdish Lake Camping Area in Chepachet. That's in addition to the spacious campsites and activities such as fishing, swimming, games, and more. The park allows RVs or trailers under 35 feet in length. Rates range between $30 and $200 nightly, depending on the season and campsite location.

  • Water hookup: Yes
  • Electrical hookup: Yes
  • Sewer hookup: Yes (some sites)
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Pet-friendly: Yes (some breed restrictions)
  • Other features: Cable, modern bathhouses, coin showers, snack bar, camp store, 300-acre lake, pond, tennis and basketball courts

Oakleaf Family Campground

The family-run Oakleaf Family Campground in Chepachet is a quaint retreat that invites relaxation. While here, you can enjoy a swim, horseshoes, basketball, bocce, and other campground activities. The nightly rate is $32.

  • Water hookup: Yes
  • Electrical hookup: Yes (30 amp)
  • Sewer hookup: No
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Other features: Bathhouses with hot showers, swimming pool, camp store, dump station, campsite picnic table and fire pit

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What to Do at
Pulaski State Park

Inside Pulaski State Park

Pulaski State Park offers a wide array of recreational activities all year. Visitors come to enjoy hiking trails, beach swimming, fishing, biking, horseback riding, bird-watching, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. You can finish off your exciting day by unwinding with a picnic lunch while taking in the beautiful natural views. The park, which is day-use only, welcomes dogs on a leash from April to October, but pets are not allowed on the beach areas during summer.

Outside Pulaski State Park

Northeastern Rhode Island is an antiquing paradise. You'll discover microbrewery and winery gems across the area. At the same time, Snake Den Park in Johnston boasts impressive fall foliage along walking trails inside its 1000 undeveloped acres.

Restaurants

The Tavern on Main

Open for lunch and dinner and known for the "Sunday Colonial Cuisine" meal, this restaurant is housed in a 1700s colonial home. You'll find an extensive menu with something for everyone, including gluten-free options.

Type: American Bar, Seafood

Location: 1157 Putnam Pike, Chepachet, Glocester, RI 02814-1977

Mr. Z's Pipasa By The LakE

Visit this family-friendly restaurant and lounge for lunch or dinner. The offerings include specialty beers, cocktails, and wines that pair well with the pizza, grinders, salads, pasta, salads, and appetizers. There is also free Wi-Fi.

Type: Italian

Location: 2400 Putnam Pike, Chepachet, Glocester, RI 02814-1146

Cady's Tavern

Touted as "Rhode Island's Original Roadhouse" and open since 1810, this tavern has an award-winning menu that focuses on burgers, wings, and sandwiches. The full bar offers craft, import, and domestic beer. 

Type: American

Location: 2168 Putnam Pike, Chepachet, Glocester, RI 02814-1142

DePetrillos Pizza & Bakery of Glocester

Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, this vegetarian-friendly pizzeria and bakery offers Italian food and baked goods like cookies and egg biscuits. You must try their wine and pepper biscuits. 

Type: Italian, Pizza

Location: 100 Broncos Hwy, Chepachet, Glocester, RI 02839-1211

Crystal Lake Tavern

Open for lunch and dinner daily, this tavern is located within the Crystal Lake Golf Club. It welcomes all to enjoy a casual meal overlooking the manicured golf course.

Type: American, Seafood

Location: 100 Broncos Hwy, Mapleville, RI 02839

Shopping

Brown and Hopkins Country Store

Open since 1809, Brown and Hopkins Country Store has the distinction of being one of America's oldest country stores. Inside, you'll find New England gourmet specialties, local RI honey and maple syrup, candy, fudge, candles, ladies boutique, and a cafe. 

Location: 1179 Putnam Pike, Chepachet, Glocester, RI 02814-1961

Chepachet Village Wine and Spirits

You'll be able to select the perfect wines and spirits here with the help of knowledgable and friendly staff. Stop in to see the tasting room "cell" at the back of the store; it's enclosed by prison bars.

Location: 1116 Putnam Pike Chepachet, RI

Wright's Gift Shop

Wright's Gift Shop is a spacious boutique that offers unique items, including jewelry, fashion, fudge, gourmet candies, gifts for both men and women, and specialty foods. 

Location: 84 Inman Road Harrisville Rhode Island 02830

Village Barn Country Store & Antiques

Browse through an ever-changing selection of country decor, gifts, antiques, and other unusual items in this cozy red building. The store is a member of the Antique Trail.

Location: 953 Victory Hwy Mapleville, RI 02839

Old Stone Mill Antiques and Treasures

The Old Stone Mill was built riverside in historic Chepachet in 1814. Currently, you can find two floors of treasures and antiques, from primitives to collectibles from the '50s, '60s, and '70s.

Location: 1169 Putnam Pike, Chepachet, RI 02814

Sightseeing

Mulberry Vineyard

This winery, which sits on the historic Andrew Brown homestead in Chepachet, offers a selection of red and white wines. Enjoy wine tastings from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Location: 95 Pound Road Chepachet, RI 02814

The Bradley Playhouse

Live theater performances are just a short drive from Pulaski State Park at the Bradley Playhouse in Putnum, Connecticut. The historic building was designed and constructed in 1901. It now hosts live performances six to eight times a year.

Location: 30 Front Street, Putnam, CT 06260

Barden Family Orchard

Since 1930, the Barden Family Orchard has been growing a variety of apples, pumpkins, peaches, winter squash, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, and sunflowers on a seasonal rotation. Their sweet apple cider is a delicious treat.

Location: 56 Elmdale Road, North Scituate, RI 02857

Sawmill Pottery

Sawmill Pottery offers classes and workshops for all ages along with open studio time. The retail shop and gallery that fronts the studio highlight the work of local and regional artists. 

Location: 112 Main St No 14, Putnam, CT 06260-1922

Jerimoth Hill

Don't miss Rhode Island's highest point, located just 10 minutes southwest from Pulaski State Park. Relax because the climb is only 812 feet in elevation up a gentle wooded pathway. Look for signs on the roadsides near the eastbound-side trail entrance and the westbound side parking lot off Route 101. 

Location: Foster, Rhode Island, 02825

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How to Get to
Pulaski State Park

Follow Route 44 (Putnam Road) west from Chepachet about 6.5 miles. You'll turn north on Pulaski Road at the brown state park sign. Follow the entrance road and watch for trailhead or recreational parking areas.

Entering Pulaski State Park

Pulaski State Park is open daily from dawn to dusk. 

Per visitor : $0

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