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Humble Farm with Simplicity

5 sites 路 Lodging, Tents3 acres 路 Higganum, CT
Bring your family & friends to camp at our quiet and very modest small farm. Located in backwoods horse pastures with free range chickens, a dog, and a couple of horses. The property is very spread out and there is an outhouse for all sites to us. Your pets are welcome too! Locally there are state parks with beaches, and state forest for trails & lakes, hiking and biking. Or you can just relax and enjoy the serenity! Other attractions include local farmers markets, Gilette's Castle, and the famous River Ferry crossing the Connecticut River with a vehicle across to East Haddam. We cannot allow any wood for camp fires to be brought in form the outside for environmental reasons. It can be purchased for $12 per bundle. Farm Fresh eggs daily when available for $5.00 per 1/2 dozen. And there are also blocks of ice $5 for the large styrofoam cooler in grilling area next to horse trailer. Garbage removal is available as well $5 per bag provided.
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Peconic River Campgrounds

16 sites 路 RVs, Tents8 acres 路 Calverton, NY
Grassy field. Natural woods. River accessible. We are located 30 minutes from Long Island, NY. Feel free to pitch your tent anywhere you like on the property. Choose the grassy meadow or the natural woods filled with trees. Have a campfire and enjoy nature. Bring fishing gear and cast away. Go for a relaxing walk on the 2,000 feet of walkable dikes right on the river. Bring your canoe or kayak and feel free to launch it right on site. If you're bringing an RV, we can accommodate vehicles up to 30 ft in length and the sites require levelling. There is a water hookup but no electrical hookup. Toilet & showers are available. Potable water available. Pet-friendly! Bring a bike and explore our dirt trails across the street. Or visit the man-made dam on Dam RD just 2 minutes down the road, where you can take a dip in the water. If you're looking to get away from the hustle and bustle, look no further! It's serene, peaceful, and private. So come experience it for yourself! Nature awaits!
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The Hay House Farm

4 sites 路 Tents12 acres 路 Old Saybrook, CT
Welcome to our charming retreat in historic Old Saybrook, Connecticut! Nestled in one of the state's oldest towns, dating back to 1635, our property offers a truly unique and enriching experience. Situated at the confluence of the Connecticut River and Long Island Sound, Old Saybrook boasts a treasure trove of historical and cultural gems waiting to be explored. Our pet-friendly and family-friendly haven is designed to provide you with a sustainable and rejuvenating escape. Embracing eco-conscious living, we're proud to offer a composting toilet, ensuring your stay has a minimal environmental footprint. Please note that we encourage guests to adopt eco-friendly practices, as our property does not have potable water. Pack out your garbage and leave this exquisite haven as untouched as you found it, allowing future generations to appreciate it! For adventure seekers and nature enthusiasts, we're thrilled to announce that our retreat is conveniently located right by miles of well-marked hiking trails. Embark on an exploration of diverse terrains, from enchanting woodlands to breathtaking vistas. Prepare to immerse yourself in the captivating beauty of Connecticut's outdoors. Experience the allure of Old Saybrook's rich history, indulge in delectable cuisine at unique local restaurants, and discover hidden treasures among eclectic shops. Whether you're seeking an unforgettable family getaway, a chance to unplug and unwind, or an eco-conscious adventure, our property is the perfect getaway for you.
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Enegren Farm

3 sites 路 RVs21 acres 路 East Hampton, CT
We are a small farm tucked away in suburban Connecticut, producing eggs, vegetables, apples, blueberries, and pumpkins! We are conveniently located near Hurd State Park, Devils Hopyard, Sunrise State Park, Salmon River, and the Connecticut River! We currently have two RV Campsites. One requires you to back into the space. It has 50 amp service and water. It is a paved space. The second is a convenient drive through set up. It currently only has a water hookup (No electricity). This space does provide more privacy as well. If you wish to tent camp, we have an open field you are welcome to do so in. We do you have a composting toilet; however, no other amenities.
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Water Forest Retreat

3 sites 路 Lodging56 acres 路 Bozrah, CT
This property has been in my family for three generations. It is classic Connecticut with hills and streams and stone walls. The octagon is a private 122 ft.虏 that is electrified and heated. It has a full size bed, cabinet and table with chairs. It sits next to a brook on 56 acres of forest with a pond, small waterfall, marsh and 2 1/2 miles of hiking trails. There is a fire pit and outdoor dining area next to the octagon. Out house with composting toilet close to octagon is heated. A great place to rejuvenate in the forest! Dogs welcome.
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Blackburn Farm

1 site 路 RV21 acres 路 Groton, CT
Learn more about this land: Secluded wooded farm site near small barn that is home to our three sheep, two fainting goats, and chickens. Immediate access to miles of hiking and mountain biking trails. 2 miles from Mystic Drawbridge. Close to Mystic Seaport Museum and Mystic Aquarium.
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Saltmarsh Haven

1 site 路 LodgingOld Saybrook, CT
Acquired in the 1930s from our Sicilian grandparents, our property is a salt marsh waterfront and has retained its original unique character. We are a shabby beach chic 3 bedroom cottage (sleeps 6 comfortably) just down the street from three private beaches on the Long Island Sound. Great Hammock Beach is quiet and quaint in a tidal basin creating sandbars perfect for walking at low tide just off the dock! Enjoy kayaking, paddle boarding, kiting, fishing, and viewing wildlife in our protected and preserved surroundings. Perfect for the outdoors type as we have no heat (except for space heaters). There is a large outdoor shower only which is open to the sky and perfect for star-gazing in the steam! Beautiful sunrises to the east of the marsh and breathtaking sunsets to the west over the Sound will make your stay magical and memorable forever!Learn more about this land:Charming beach cottage is comfortable and quaint surrounded by the salt marsh and Long Island Sound, thus called Great Hammock Beach. Awesome natural habitat for fishing, kiting, kayaking, paddle boarding, and communing with wildlife. Guests must bring own linens and paper goods. There is no indoor shower, however, our large outdoor shower is privately enclosed and makes for a unique bathing experience open to the sky and billions of stars! While there are a few blankets inside the house, please note there is no heat except for a couple space heaters. Perfect for the outdoors lover! Also, the owners live on the property at the small rear cottage at all times.
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Holiday Hill

3 sites 路 RVs, Tents30 acres 路 Mansfield, CT
A century old chicken farm that was turned into a summer day-camp and outdoor recreation center in 1958. Currently it hosts about 500 happy campers every summer and events on the weekends.
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Chester's Gingerbread Park

1 site 路 RV2 acres 路 Chester, CT
The property sits above the town and is level with easy and plentiful parking access. This is a quiet and safe residential area, walking distance from downtown Chester Village. There are fruit trees and a garden as well as a view of the village. There are hiking and kayaking spots close by and fabulous restaurants in Chester. The driveway is asphalt leading to gravel/grass parking space.
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Quarry View by Darlene &Dean

28 sites 路 RVs, Tents6 acres 路 Portland, CT
This Historic National Landmark Brownstone Quarry was believed to be owned by Stone cutter James Stanclift and to have been the first European to live on the eastern bank of the river. In 1686, the town granted him 鈥渁 parcel of land upon the rocks鈥 in payment for his work as a mason; by 1686, he owned six acres of prime quarry land. We believe this is the same 6 acre lot. Now owned by Darlene and Dean who are preserving and restoring its hidden Beauty. Vintage CAMPING and Picnic area . Quarry View is a unique 334 year old Brownstone quarry that is listed as a Historic National Landmark. Here you will find natural springs that flow from what we call "The wall of water" down to one of our small waterfalls. We also have many artifacts including dinosaur tracks and carved dates in the stones in the walls that go back to 1887. There is a trail that leads back in time to an area with 80 foot brownstone walls left from the quarry operations. Here you can find a rear patio where a musician will enjoy the acoustics unlike any other. We sit 50 feet above the water upon the ledges that overlook the Brownstone Discovery and Adventure park below . (SITES ARE BASED on 2 adults children under 16 free) Contact us before booking with details of your party for help to book.
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Chestnut Hill Vineyard

8 sites 路 Tents25 acres 路 Hopkinton, RI
We are a agroforestry farm with animals orchards nursery crops and more. We have a beautiful stone carin on the property that is larger then most pickup trucks and most likely built by native Americans. We can hike out of our back yard down our neighbors driveway up the road a little bit and into a large preserve that has trails going in Connecticut and can be taken all the way up to New Hampshire. We have a few beautiful kayak and canoe friendly rivers by us that are mostly calm water with a few sets of small rapids. Ocean with 4x4 trails, shell fishing, sport fishing boats all within a reasonable distance. New port, Jamestown, block island all worth visiting.
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Solitude Sanctuary

3 sites 路 RVs, Tents2 acres 路 Colchester, CT
Gated 2.11 acres surrounded by woods on three side, lake within 3000鈥, state park within 1/2 mile. Other lakes, parks, and ocean within 30 minutes. Large fireplace for your use, water and electricity available if needed. Mini golf, theater, shopping within 20 minutes. Ocean beach state park 30 minutes away. Mystic village 40 minutes away. Two casinos within 20 minutes.
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The best camping near Gillette Castle State Park guide

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Straddling the towns of East Haddam and Lyme, Gillette Castle State Park receives a whopping 300,000 visitors each year. But then again, that鈥檚 just kinda what happens when you have a flippin鈥 medieval castle here. The landmark castle was once a private residence commissioned and designed by actor, director and playwright William Gillette, known for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes.

Besides touring the castle and its museum, the park entertains many traditional recreational opportunities, but also some far less common ones too. It鈥檚 one of the few places in the state where you can river camp, and in honor of its history, still hosts many theatrical celebrations. It鈥檚 elementary dear reader, why you won鈥檛 want to skip over this one.

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