Hipcamp host Jillian C.,
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Private camp sites with fire pits located in the manicured woods where the Mystic River springs out of the earth, hence the name Headwaters.  The campsites are named after the owner's favorite spots to surf: (1)Pt. Panic, (2)High St., (3)The Ks.  Wooden platforms are available at sites 1,2 and 3. The treehouse, or really a tree fort,(4) is an open air experience that can fit


Private camp sites with fire pits located in the manicured woods where the Mystic River springs out of the earth, hence the name Headwaters.  The campsites are named after the owner's favorite spots to surf: (1)Pt. Panic, (2)High St., (3)The Ks.  Wooden platforms are available at sites 1,2 and 3. The treehouse, or really a tree fort,(4) is an open air experience that can fit 2 adults comfortably, or even a family of 4.  Bring your own tent for grass or woods camping  available at the designated spots. **Please observe social distance between tents.

Firewood is FREE! 

 4 wheel drive cars/trucks can drive and park at the campsites in the rear. Parking off road in the lawn behind the barn is also available with a quick 1 minute walk to sites.

Small self contained RVs are welcome to park in the woods.  Got 4 wheel drive? You can drive right to the Ks(#3).  Not feeling that brave, parking at the top of the woods near the tree fort(#4) works too! 

Post and beam outhouse located centrally in the woods for campers to use.  Outdoor shower at the house is available upon request. 

~Located minutes from downtown Mystic, Stonington Village coastal Rhode Island.

~ Walk to Clyde's Cider Mill, the oldest steam powered press in CT.

~ Close to RI beaches for swimming, fishing and surfing. 

~ Plethora of trails close by to hike, mountain bike & forest bathing. 

~ Near local breweries Beer'd Brewing Co., Outer Light Brewing Co. & Grey Sail Brewing. 

~Close to local wineries Johnathan Edwards Winery, Saltwater Farm Vineyard & Stonington Vineyards. 

~10 minute drive to Ferry services to Block Island, RI and Long Island, NY.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, RVs
4 sites
Up to 6 guests per site
Park at listing
ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Showers available
No kitchen
No picnic table
No wifi
Pack it out
Laundry absent
Camping vehicle details
No electrical hookup
No water hookup
No sewage hookup
No TV hookup
Generators not allowed
Pull-in site
Accommodates slideouts
Surface type: grass or field
Surface levelness: flat
Have a question? Send Jillian a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 9 months out

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Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Horseback riding
Wind sports
Off-roading (OHV)
Snow sports
Whitewater paddling
Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at Headwaters in Connecticut.


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Hipcamper PATRICK

Exceeded my expectations!!

Patrick M.
recommends this listing.
(Site 6)
October 11th, 2020

What a wonderful site! The woods are pristine, beautifully kept and manicured! Jill and Chris could not have been nicer! They looked after our every need!. Their woods have fantastic trails and little brooks meandering through it! Huge rock formations and pine forests! I would definitely come back here!

Here we are on a rocky trail to the Pine Forest!Here we are just as the sun was setting rustling through the leaves! Beautiful!
Hipcamper Moira

Peace and perfection

Moira C.
recommends this listing.
(Site 6)
October 9th, 2020

A warm and welcoming host greeted us at Headwaters Campsite. The property is clean and comfortable and we were surprised with a personal fire pit. Jillian offered good communication and very helpful with experiencing Stonington’s hiking, biking and fall foliage peeping. The evening forest sounds were balm for the soul and morning freshness very invigorating. I highly recommend Jillian and Chris’ Headwater @ Hipcamp

Hipcamper Bryan

Great host, really great site

Bryan W.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
October 11th, 2020

Perfect easy camping spot for our family. We threw the kids up in the treehouse and mom and dad slept below in our tent. The big fire pit was awesome and it was nice having the spigot nearby so we didn’t have to worry about leaving it roaring when we turned in for the night. It looks like they’re building a big platform into the hillside overlooking the valley (another site I’m guessing), so I’m hoping that’ll be done in time for us to sneak in one or two more overnights before the weather snaps.
Oh, and for anyone coming in the fall, I’d recommend walking to clyde’s - it was like 10 minutes and it’d take that long to walk from available parking up and down the street anyway.

Easy navigationKids went up top. No mosquitos so they just did sleeping bags.Be sure to close the hatch. Pretty sweet view Don’t let the fire burn out!
Hipcamper Tim

The perfect getaway!

Tim V.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
October 11th, 2020

We just came back from an incredible camping getaway at Jillian & Chris (and their lovely puppy Gus!). Although new to the business, J&C were perfectly prepared with beautiful setting, ready-to-use firewood, recommendations for day hikes and restaurants and more. We absolutely loved it and can’t wait to visit again! Highly recommend

Hipcamper Anna


Anna K.
recommends this listing.
(Site 6)
October 13th, 2020

So much fun! I reserved the spot again right after, host was super friendly and offered local activities that were COVID-friendly. Couldn't have asked for a better camping experience

Hipcamper Emily

Clean, relaxed, beautiful

Emily O.
recommends this listing.
(Site 4)
October 20th, 2020

We had a wonderful time at Headwaters! Jillian, Chris, and Gus (their dog) were friendly and gracious hosts. They have a beautiful property and the tent sites are well spaced to ensure privacy. Gus in particular was a very attentive host - periodically checking in to make sure that we were comfortable :)

Hipcamper Maribel
Maribel A.
recommends this listing.
(Site 4)
October 21st, 2020

Best camp firewood ever! Jillian and Chris are simply amazing humans and sharing their gorgeous land with others is very generous of them.
We loved the simplicity of the setups. It was super easy, convenient and they were ready to answer any questions and make recommendations.
We will be back over and over again! THANK YOU GUYS ! XO

Best Fire Pit and Fire wood!Outhouse w so much styleDetails that let you know how caring they are!Slept here in October
Without a tent!
Hipcamper Sean
Sean B.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
October 24th, 2020

Jillian and Chris were more like friends than hosts. We had a great time

Hipcamper Alicia
Alicia P.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
October 25th, 2020

Drive past a farmhouse, through the backyard, past wood piles, and into the woods for several lovely and well-planned campsites. Sites 1-3 are each on small hillocks and come with new, large platforms overlooking the woods behind the house. There is a short but steep down & up hill (4x4 strongly recommended) to get to these sites, but the parking for non-4x4 vehicles is only a short walk. The other sites are visible as they are all 'hillock-top', but the individual hillocks make them still feel fairly private. The composting toilet in between them is brand new, odor-free, and - dare I say - delightful. Behind the campsites is a small and secluded trail that goes perhaps 1/3 mile through the woods. All managed by wonderful, friendly, helpful, laid-back hosts.
Only slight downside is that traffic from the nearby roads is audible; but I could also also plenty of birdsong (wild and domestic!). It is definitely in a 'neighborhood' of sorts, but one with very large tracts and acres of backyard forest at each home.
Highly recommended.


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