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Rhode Island RV Camping and Campgrounds

RV camping locations can be found throughout Rhode Island. From private RV resorts, to state park campgrounds, there is great RV camping for the whole family in Rhode Island.

Rhode Island Private RV Parks

  • Private RV Parks - Research tools for finding the best RV parks and campgrounds in Rhode Island.

Federal RV Camping Information

There are no federal administered camping facilities in Rhode Island.

State RV Camping Information

RV Dumps Stations In Rhode Island

  • Sanidumps.com - RV dump locations listed alphabetically by town name.
  • RVdumps.com - Places to dump your RV in Rhode Island.

Public RV Camping in Rhode Island

RV camping is available at many locations in Rhode Island. Though small when measured in square miles, Rhode Island boasts beautiful state park campgounds, city campgrounds offering full hookup sites and seasonal RV camping. There are numerous private RV parks located throughout the state as well.

The following are examples of public RV camping available in Rhode Island. Reservations are accepted at most locations and are recommended.

CHARLESTOWN Charleston RV Camping 

The campground at Burlingame State Park is first come first serve and all campsites are suitable for tents and RV camping. There are no hookup sites available.

CHEPACHET Chepachet RV Camping 

The George Washington Memorial Camping Area offers well spaced gravel campsites great for RV camping. This 100 acre state managed camping area with no RV hookups. There are pit and portable toilets, water availabe at commonly located faucets, hiking, cycling, fishing, swimming, and boat ramp.


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Fishermen's Memorial State Park offers a 'seaside village' atmosphere where visitors will find neatly trimmed grass, tree lined paths, and activities for the whole family. Close to state beaches with hiking, biking, hot coin-op showers, fireplaces, tennis, basketball, horseshoes, and playground.

PORTSMOUTH Portsmouth RV Camping 

Melville Ponds Campground owned by the Town of Portsmouth, is located within one hundred and fifty acres of coastal woodland with wetlands, ponds, and brooks. Activities include hiking, bird watching, and fishing. The campground boasts spacious, wooded sites for tent and RV camping. Seasonal camping available.

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Federal Public Land
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USFS (US Forest Service) - Describes USFS policies and rules about RV camping. Information about dispersed camping, and tips on how to find great free RV camping sites.

NPS (National Park Service) - General information about RV camping and campgrounds in US National Parks. With campgrounds in the most historic and scenic places in the country, the NPS offers some of the best places for RV camping.

USACE/COE (US Army Corp of Engineers) - USACE (perhaps better know as COE) manages water recreation areas throughout the USA. Information about finding USACE lakes, RV camping possibilities, and rules and policies for use of these water based recreation areas is included.

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RV Camping Ideas In Rhode Island

Here's a list of places to consider when looking for a free overnight RV camping or parking location in Rhode Island. We always recommend asking for overnight RV parking permission when looking for a free spot to spend the night. The smaller your RV, the better chances you will have finding places to stay if you choose not to ask permission. If you don't ask permission, you end up "sneaking" into places and hoping nobody bothers you or issues you a trespassing ticket before you move on.

Be smart and Be Safe...Ask Permission.

  • Truck Stops - Asking permission is usually not a requirement Be considerate of the big rigs!
  • Walmart - Not all stores allow overnight RV parking in Rhode Island due to city ordinances. Check store for policy.
  • Nightclubs - Had one too many or just pretending?
  • Grain Elevators - Ask where you can park your RV out of the way for the night.
  • Fraternal Organizations - VFW, Elks etc. may allow members free overnight RV camping.
  • Cemetery - Sounds creepy to us, but we've also heard they may have water available.
  • Fairgrounds - State and County facilities may allow RV camping when not otherwise in use.
  • Parks - City, County, State, and Community parks often have free RV camping.
  • Churches - You can almost make "reservations" by calling ahead for permission.
  • Hotel Parking Lots - Assuming a nightclub/bar is inside, had one too many or just pretending?
  • Truck Terminals - Parking areas for large trucks might allow you free RV camping permission.
  • RV Dealers - Pretty brave to us, but you could fit right in.
  • Cracker Barrel - These nationwide restaurants usually allow free overnight RV parking.
  • Movie Theaters - Too tired to drive home after the late show?
  • Highway Rest Areas - All rest areas allow a few hours of free RV parking, but noisy.
  • Drive In Movies - Got a small RV, park in the back row and enjoy the show. Fell asleep by accident right?
  • Vehicle Repair Shops - Need to see the repairman first thing in the morning?
  • Big Box Retailers - Kmart, Best Buy, Sams Club often allow free RV camping.
  • Roadside Parks & Picnic Areas - The early day version of the rest area.

As you can see, there are a lot of free RV camping and parking possibilities in Rhode Island. If you are not asking permission, it's best to keep a very low profile. If your RV has slide outs, jacks and TV antennas, don't use them so as not to draw attention to yourself. Consider your surroundings carefully and if you feel uncomfortable with the area, move somewhere else.