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

Jun 15, 2022

"Laid back experience "

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We absolutely loved it here! Best place for free camping in Connecticut easily! The whole process was smooth, from security checking us in through our whole stay. Plus leaving and coming back to stay a few more days because we just couldn’t get enough of this place!! So much to do in the area. Plus the casino itself was like walking in Vegas for...
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Route420
25 reviews
Milford, CT

Cracker Barrel

Jun 11, 2022

"It works!"

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I must say the location was really good! Its near a lot of things to do in Milford. The only thing is we were nervous about taking certain exits because of signs posted for over height limits of 8! We made the decision to take that route with the jeep first. It was sketchy, but ended up being okay. Make sure you are under 14 foot otherwise you...
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Route420
25 reviews
Milford, CT

Cracker Barrel

Jan 10, 2022

"Fine"

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Agree with others about the pitch and the noise. There are a lot of trucks coming by, so this is more than highway noise, which is also in the background. Still, it was easy, free, and there were other RVs and campervans.

Julie
1 review
Uncasville, CT

Mohegan Sun Casino

Nov 14, 2021

"Price was right"

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Went in November and the normal RV lot along the river was closed, took a while but we found someone to ask and they told us to go to the winter parking area. Once there, security checked us in and we parked by some trees at edge of the parking lot. Four other RV’s were there and a few trucks. Noise was negligible. It was a bit of a hike to get...
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JJO
5 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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raesunshine9
51 reviews