Condé Nast Traveler is a luxury and lifestyle travel magazine that has won 25 National Magazine Awards. Needless to say, they know the best spots to camp!
They recently shared their picks for the best spot to sleep under the stars and live off the land in each US state. Each one is on public land and is bookable through the national or state parks system.
Below we have collected the six most important picks - the ones in New England - as well as Condé Nast Traveler's comments about each's benefits.
Connecticut: Rocky Neck State Park
“It’s true — swimming in the Long Island Sound, fishing for saltwater bass, and hiking among marshland waterfowl can all be found less than an hour drive from New Haven. After a day spent lounging on white sand beaches, stargaze right from your tent, while serenaded by the pops and crackles of the campfire.”
“Snuggled into a lush forest of spruce and hemlock, Blackwoods Campground provides a centrally located shady solace for adventure seekers in Acadia. Climb Cadillac Mountain for a spectacular sunrise show, dip your feet into the water at Sand Beach, and marvel at the craggy coastal headland of Otter Point.”
Massachusetts: Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area
“After a quick ferry ride from Boston, campers can revel in the wildflowers, tidepools, and sandy shores of the Boston Harbor Islands. They’re a history lesson by day, too: Explore Civil War-era Fort Warren, before retreating to a hidden beach campsite on Lovells Island.”
New Hampshire: Lafayette Place Campground, Franconia Notch State Park
“Easily one of the best spots for leaf-peeping in October, Franconia Notch is also a brilliant summer destination for hikers looking to hop onto a stretch of the Appalachian Trail and traverse the Franconia Ridge. Set right on the banks of the Pemigewasset River, this forested campground is as close as you can get to those scenic White Mountain trails as well.”
Rhode Island: Charlestown Breachway
“To overnight at Charlestown Breachway, campers will need their own ‘self-contained rig’ (that’s a motorhome in layman’s terms). It’s a steep price of admission, but it allows RV owners, renters, and avid van-lifers a front row seat to some of the best saltwater fishing in the country. All sites are within walking distance to a sandy beach, providing breathtaking views of Block Island Sound.”
Vermont: Mount Philo State Park
“Just minutes south of Burlington sits Vermont’s first state park, Mount Philo. This unpretentious woodland setting is a summertime favorite for birders, picnickers, and hikers looking to summit its namesake 968-foot peak. Gaze out at impeccable views of the Lake Champlain Valley and Adirondack Mountains from the top.”