Where to Go Beach Camping in New England

New England is known for its icy, unforgiving winters, which can make it easy to forget it’s home to some of the most pristine and diverse coastline in the country! The miles of coast are perfect for a seaside camping adventure, and the options are endless. From the lush shores of Maine to Rhode Island’s beloved beaches, here are our favorite places to camp along the Northeast’s shorefront.

1. Seawall Campground, Acadia National Park, Maine


Located on the scenic western end of Acadia National Park’s Mount Desert Island, this gem boasts access to the rugged Atlantic shoreline, as well as the serene Echo Lake. Acadia is a must-see for campers looking to experience the rich diversity of coastal Maine. See more on Seawall here.

2. Cobscook State Park, Maine


This local favorite sits on Cobscook Bay, an area that’s chock-full of wildlife and sweeping views of Maine’s famous pine trees. Whether you are an RVer or primitive camper, each and every site is located right along the waters of Whiting Bay, a tranquil inlet within Cobscook. See more on camping at Cobscook here.

3. Rocky Neck State Park, Connecticut


For campers who want the complete outdoors experience, look no further than Rocky Neck State Park. Just a hop, skip, and a jump from the hustle of NYC, this coastal treasure’s white sand beaches will make you think you are much further south. When you are looking to cool off after a hike on the trail, take a dip in the crystal-clear waters or fish in the park’s lush marine estuary. See more on camping Rocky Neck here.

4. Nickerson State Park, Massachusetts


If throngs of summer tourists on Cape Cod get you down, Nickerson is an excellent nature escape. Here, campers have the best of both worlds, from oak forests to picturesque sand dunes to sea and lake views. It’s no wonder this is one of the most beloved campgrounds in the Northeast. Read more about camping at Nickerson here.

5. Burlingame State Park, Rhode Island


Featuring a whopping 700 rustic sites, Burlingame sits on the clear waters of Watchaug Pond, just adjacent to some of the area’s most accessible beaches. Pro-tip: Because of its stellar reputation the waterfront tends to fill up fast, so be sure to stake out a spot early in the day. See more on Burlingame here.


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