What are the rules for camping in Connecticut?

Hipcamp staff
A scenic view of Connecticut

Rules for campgrounds in Connecticut can vary depending on the specific campground or park. However, there are some general guidelines that apply to most campgrounds in the state. These include:

  • Reservations: For many campgrounds, you will need to make a reservation in advance. You can do this online or by phone. Some campgrounds may have first-come, first-served sites available, but it's best to check before you go.
  • Check-in/Check-out times: Check-in times are typically in the afternoon (around 1 PM or later), and check-out times are usually in the morning (around 11 AM).
  • Quiet hours: Most campgrounds enforce quiet hours, typically between 10 PM and 7 AM. During this time, campers are expected to keep noise levels to a minimum to respect the peace and quiet of other campers.
  • Alcohol: Alcohol consumption is generally prohibited in Connecticut state parks and campgrounds.
  • Pets: Pets are allowed in some Connecticut campgrounds, but not all. Be sure to check the specific pet policy for the campground you plan to visit. You can find a list of pet-friendly campgrounds in Connecticut here.
  • Firewood: To help prevent the spread of invasive species, campers are encouraged to buy firewood locally and not bring it from home. Some campgrounds may have firewood for sale on-site.
  • Trash: Campers are expected to practice Leave No Trace principles and pack out all trash and belongings when leaving the campground.
  • Firearms and fireworks: The use of firearms and fireworks is generally prohibited in campgrounds.
  • Vehicle access: Most campgrounds have designated parking areas, and vehicles are not allowed to drive on grass or other natural areas.

It's important to check the specific rules and regulations for the campground you plan to visit, as there may be additional guidelines or restrictions in place. You can find more information about Connecticut campgrounds here.