S’mores the camper (2021 Jayco 224bh)
S’mores the camper (2021 Jayco 224bh)
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Burr Pond State Park is in the northwest corner of Connecticut, just a few miles from the city of Hartford and only a short distance from the North Atlantic coast. The nearest large town is Torrington, which is less than ten miles to the south.
The area is dominated by forests, rivers, and lakes, making it a beautiful space to explore on an RV camping vacation. The 438-acre Burr Pond State Park is no exception, with the pond at the center of pretty woodland. Swimming, fishing, boating, and hiking are all popular in the park.
Milo Burr created the pond when he dammed several streams to provide water power for his industrial buildings. Gail Borden, who invented condensed milk production, opened his first successful factory in one of the buildings.
Burr Pond is over a mile long with plenty of craggy inlets along its rocky shoreline, and a great place to explore slowly by canoe. Boat rentals are available during the summer season, but if you have your own, there is a public boat launch at the north end of the pond.
The peaceful pond will be a hit with anglers, who can spend a day taking in the tranquility of the place while trying to catch something for dinner. Many different species of fish are present, but the most popular are largemouth bass, chain pickerel, crappie, and perch.
On the east shore of Burr Pond is the Burr Pond State Park recreation area, with the park office, changing rooms, picnic areas, and swimming beach. There is plenty of parking here for your rental RV.
From the recreation area, you can pick up the Walcott Trail, a 2.5-mile loop trail that will take you around the entire shoreline of the pond. A second trail, John Muir Trail, is a two-mile hike that passes through Paugnut State Forest and connects with Sunnybrook State Park.
There are no RV camping facilities at Burr Pond State Park, but just a few miles north is the White Pines Campsite, near the town of Barkhamsted. This is a full-service campground, with over 200 campsites. Whether you want a site in full sun, partial shade, or full shade, with or without electricity and water, there is a site for you. Once you've parked the rental RV and settled in, there is plenty to do on-site. There's a large swimming pool, sand volleyball court, basketball court, recreation area, and internet cafe. The managers can supply all manner of sports equipment, and for something more sedate, there is a well-stocked fishing pond. During the summer, the owners organize regular events and themed weekends. Don't forget to bring your furry friend, as they'll love the doggy park. When you are looking for an RV camping site that provides just about everything for a great family vacation, this could be it.
Another choice is the Branch Brook Campground, halfway between Torrington and Waterbury. Smaller than the White Pines, it has less than 70 campsites, but still offers a lot of facilities. The large swimming pool will keep the kids happy, and the indoor games room next to it is excellent when the weather isn't so good. Located on the shore of Branch Brook, with lovely views through the trees, the campground also has a private pond for fishing. Should you be looking for a quieter, more relaxing motorhome camping vacation, this could be the right choice.
An RV rental in Litchfield County is the perfect way to explore the northeastern state of Connecticut. Along with the beautiful countryside, there's plenty of history to catch up and things to do. Before heading out to Burr Pond State Park in your RV camper, call into Torrington to stock up on fuel and groceries. You'll also find a good selection of restaurants here.
On the way to Waterbury is the Railroad Museum of New England, in the town of Thomaston. But this is not just a collection of old rolling stock, but a living museum that operates between the town and the Waterville section of Waterbury. Thomaston Station is a Victorian building dating back to 1881, and the museum are in the process of restoring it to its former glory. The trip to Waterville and back is around one hour, 20 minutes, and the museum also organizes special events.
Close to Torrington in the town of Terryville is the unusual Lock Museum of America. Along with antique locks, dating back to the 1500s, there are safes, leg irons, handcuffs, and all manner of lock themed displays. Every October is the annual Lock Show. A show with a difference! Part of the show is the Lock Museum Adventure Game, where contestants need to decipher puzzles and codes to open locks and solve the mystery.