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Burlingame State Park
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Overview of Burlingame State Park

Burlingame State Park is located in Charlestown, Rhode Island. It's a popular destination for campers and outdoor enthusiasts due to its beautiful natural setting, featuring a campground with over 700 rustic campsites as well as a freshwater beach in the park. The park covers roughly 3,100 acres of rolling forested terrain and surrounds Watchaug Pond, which is 573 acres.

Camping Information

Reservation and Fees:

  • Campsites typically need to be reserved in advance, which can be done online via the Rhode Island State Parks reservation system.
  • Fees for camping vary depending on the type of campsite and the time of the year. Generally, they range from basic tent sites to sites that can accommodate large RVs with electric and water hookups. Check the latest fees on the state park's website before planning your trip.


  • There are different categories of sites, from primitive to those with some utilities.
  • Sites usually include a fire pit and a picnic table, but make sure to verify what's included at the time of booking.


  • The park offers restrooms and shower facilities for campers.
  • There is a camp store that stocks basic camping supplies and snacks.
  • Some recreational facilities like volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, playgrounds, and picnic areas are typically available.

Campground Policies:

  • Quiet hours are usually enforced to ensure all guests can enjoy their stay.
  • Pets may be allowed in certain areas, but always check the current pet policy before bringing animals.
  • Alcohol policies can be strict; it's essential to know whether alcohol is permitted in the park.

Recreational Activities

Swimming and Water Activities:

  • Watchaug Pond offers a beach area for swimming.
  • Boating, canoeing, and kayaking are also popular on Watchaug Pond. Make sure to check if boat rentals are available or if you need to bring your own.

Trails and Hiking:

  • Burlingame State Park offers several trails for hiking and exploring the surrounding woodlands.
  • Trails may be suitable for different skill levels, so it is advisable to have a map and understand the trails before setting out.


  • Fishing is a common activity at Watchaug Pond.
  • Anglers will need to have a valid Rhode Island fishing license.

Things to Keep in Mind

  • Weather: Be prepared for New England's weather conditions, which can be unpredictable, especially outside of summer months.
  • Wildlife: As with any outdoor area, be aware of the local wildlife and take precautions to secure food and waste.
  • Connectivity: Cell service and Wi-Fi may be limited or unreliable, so plan accordingly.

Contact and Reservations

For the most current information and to make reservations, it is best to contact the Rhode Island State Parks directly or visit their official website. Information can change seasonally, so it's advisable to get the latest updates directly from the source.

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