Best Free Camping in Connecticut

Free Camping in Connecticut

By Nathan Swartz

The Land of Steady Habits, as Connecticut likes to be known, lives up to that title by providing a consistent free camping experience largely depends on the kindness of private businesses. Given the small size of the state and proximity to New York City–and that the state is used as a weekend getaway for those millions of residents–the handful of camping opportunities that do exist are relatively abundant.

See a map of all free camping in Connecticut.

Dispersed Camping in Connecticut

The most natural of the free camping areas in Connecticut is a small patch of beach in Voluntown, Connecticut, near Pachaug State Forest. Expect pit toilets, a boat ramp in little else in the way of amenities, but you're perfectly primed for swimming and fishing. It's also the contender among the spots listed here that's suitable for tent camping and your best bet for solitude instead of convenience.

Free Overnight RV Parking in Connecticut

If you're traveling along the state's southern highways near the coast, you'll find free camping at the Cracker Barrel outside of Bridgeport, and a couple of locations further East. The North Stonington Rest Area allows overnight stays in their parking lot and even has a fire pit.

Along I-84, in Northern Connecticut, another highway stop–Willington Rest Area–also allows overnight stays. It's also only a few minutes from a free dump station in Willington.

Free Casino Camping in Connecticut

Two casinos in that region, Foxwoods Resort and Mohegan Sun Casino allow camping in their parking lots. Foxwoods Resort is a barebones patch of asphalt surrounded by woods, while Mohegan Sun provides views of the Thames River. Both are known as great basecamps for exploring towns like nearby Mystic, CT, and nearby attractions like Rocky Neck State Park. Neither provides hookups.


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Recent Connecticut Free Campsite Reviews

Uncasville, CT

Mohegan Sun Casino

Sep 11, 2021

"Huge casino!"

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This spot has a Lot to offer. This is full fledge Vegas style casino with a bit of everything for everyone. Parking was free. Registration with security was super easy just call and they come right over and give you a paper for your dash. The lot they are using now is across from their medical center/tribal office. It was quite...
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Rachel Defouri
32 reviews
Milford, CT

Cracker Barrel

May 24, 2021

"Great! "

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A bit slanted parking. Noisy highway traffic... BUT There’s a tropical smoothie within 3 minutes of this Cracker Barrel!

Souny Kennedy
1 review
Milford, CT

Cracker Barrel

Sep 25, 2020

"Good stop"

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Overnight parking. There are several nice sized RV spots available at this Cracker Barrel. Closely situated to the interstate and a pilot truck stop, so there is some road noise. The parking lot has a rather steep pitch to it.

Philip Barletto
44 reviews
Milford, CT

Cracker Barrel

Nov 04, 2019

"Just off highway, tilted parking, fine for an overnight"

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If highway noise puts you to sleep then this is the place. It is quarter after nine pm on a Monday and my son thinks the constant whoosh and occasional honk is soothing. Luckily the RV parking area is perfectly lit, not too bright but bright enough to maneuver. The asphalt is definitely unlevel, we got it front to back but side to side...
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Laura Seliga
18 reviews
Mashantucket, CT

Foxwoods Resort Casino

Nov 04, 2019

"Up to Ten Days to Stay and Play"

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The employees were very friendly. Lot B was easy to find. So much to do in the area between Mystic and the various State Parks. I had the number to register as soon as we parked, but instead, I just walked up to the blue truck labeled Foxwoods Transportation and chatted with them and did the quick and simple paperwork. We obtained $10 free...
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Laura Seliga
18 reviews