Where are the best places to go camping?
Fairfield and Westchester counties 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 arrowheads hidden along forest trails, remnants of Pootatuck Native Americans that 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. Away from the hubbub of frolicking kids is a plethora of hiking trails and camping for those looking for an authentic experience en plein air.
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, fishing, and even cross-country skiing in the winter.
Got a boat? You can camp on Cockenoe Island off of Saugatuck Shore in Westport between May 15 and October 15, and a permit is only $20.