Where are the best places to go camping nearby?
Fairfield County and neighboring Westchester County are home to an abundance of parks just a short drive away that are perfect for a night spent connecting with nature.
Located on the Eastern shore of the Housatonic and near to Lake Zoar in Southbury, Kettletown State Park is a rustic retreat for swimmers, anglers, cyclists, hikers and campers. Visitors with sharp eyes may find arrow heads hidden along forest trails, remnants of Pootatuck Native Americans who once inhabited the area.
Webb Mountain Park in Monroe functions both as a campsite and as “an outdoor classroom for all ages,” according to the Hartford Courant. The 171 acre tract of land, home to Webb Mountain Discovery Zone, seeks to increase interaction between children and the outdoors and offers camping at the site of a former Christmas tree farm.
A little less removed from society, but no less lovely, is Beach Memorial Park in Trumbull. The park’s 331 acres function largely as a recreational area for kids and families, complete with swimming pool, a sprinkler park and jungle gym. The area’s largest camping destination is the staggering 4,315 acre Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, just over the border in Westchester County. Across the sprawling park grounds there is ample space for picnicking, lean-to camping, and fishing.