In the southeastern corner of Connecticut, people have been coming to the town of North Stonington for years to enjoy their vacations. This undisturbed area of Connecticut is quiet and scenic, unlike the more urban areas in the east or the west of the state by New York City.
For ages, the Pequot native peoples proudly presided over the land where North Stonington now sits and maintained control of the area. In the early 17th century, a wave of colonists and explorers began to expand their land holdings and seize land, coming into constant conflict with the native people. After several wars were fought with fierce indigenous peoples along the coastal areas, settlers began to head inland to carve out their own woodlands sanctuaries in the old growth forests of eastern Connecticut. The community of North Stonington was known as “Milltown” for its extensive use of sawmills and grist mills. The local economy largely depended on their mills for centuries until the late 20th century when Interstate 95 was finally introduced into the town, solidifying its role as a charming, rural, New England town. With delightful fall foliage, coastal breezes, and lots of houses built over 400 years ago, it is no wonder why so many eager travelers choose to search for an RV in North Stonington.
Experience the Sites and Scenery
Connecticut is a mostly urbanized state with many densely populated city centers but tucked away in the corners of the state are some lovely outdoor sanctuaries to escape the sprawl. Nearly half of the land in North Stonington is comprised of forest and lakes like Wyassup Lake, where fishing and boating are common.
Harkness State Park is an excellent place to start when you rent an RV in North Stonington as it represents what the state is known for: elegant, old houses and gorgeous, coastal scenery. On-site there is a 42-room mansion which was once home to the Harkness family. The house and its incredible botanical gardens are in pristine condition much to the delight of visitors. The best part about Harkness is that it has some excellent beaches along the Long Island Sound that are ideal for sunbathing, swimming, beachside barbecues, and much more.
Rocky Neck State Park is another coastal park with a deluxe campground for you and your North Stonington camper rental to rest at. This park is one of the most popular in Connecticut, with thousands of vacationers and day-trippers flocking to the coast every day that the weather allows for it. The campground at Rocky Neck has over 150 sites that can accommodate you when you rent an RV, ensuring that you can sleep minutes away from the water’s edge and wake up to the salty sea breeze. The park has some great picnic areas, a massive stone pavilion, and a network of trails that carve through the wetlands.
Burlingame State Park is just over the border in Charlestown, Rhode Island, and features one of the nicest campgrounds in the area. The wooded park has over 3,000 acres of forests, with nearly 700 camping sites for you to use when you bring your North Stonington RV rental to Rhode Island. You can hunt, go fishing, observe wildlife, kayak, or take a five-minute drive to the exquisite beaches of Rhode Island that attract tourists from all over the country. There are hiking trails that connect the state park with nearby Kimball Wildlife Sanctuary as well as a camp convenience store and a kayak/canoe rental facility.
You’ll be relieved to find out that there are some pretty wonderful campgrounds and RV parks in the area when you rent an RV in the charming town of North Stonington, as it is primarily known for its beautiful forests and stunning scenery.
Mystic KOA is located on one of the oldest farms in Connecticut and has campsites for tents and RVs. You can rent bicycles at the park to ride to the ocean or enjoy mini golf and a swimming pool without leaving the campground. Seaport RV Resort & Campground is located in Mystic, one of Connecticut’s most famous seaside communities. This large park has a large pool and water splash area for kids, and a variety of basketball and volleyball courts to enjoy.
Ashaway RV Resort in Rhode Island has a pool, a recreation hall, hot tubs, nature trails, and a whole bunch of other amenities. Burlingame State Park mentioned previously is your probably one of the best choices if you want to forgo luxury and have a grounded, woodsy experience in the middle of Rhode Island’s gorgeous woodlands.
When you head to North Stonington to rent an RV, you simply cannot expect to see lively city streets with world-class entertainment and attractions. The sightseeing in this area is far less in your face and is centered around the scenic and aesthetic beauty. For starters, North Stonington Village at the heart of town is found on the National Register of Historic Sites due to the sheer amount of historic buildings that are found in town. Over 50 of these structures were built in the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, giving the place a very old-world feel. The John Randall House, for instance, was built in the early 18th century by British colonists and much of the structure remains intact. The dark red exterior has been refurbished recently but the rest of this lovely old home can be attributed to its hardiness and fantastic craftsmanship. The Samuel Miner House was similarly built in the early 1700’s and is considered an original saltbox-style house that is commonly found in New England.
There are several vineyards in town in addition to the bevy of historic structures, giving North Stonington a reputation for being a part of Connecticut's growing wine industry. Sampling a variety of wines at these amazing vineyards is a perfect way to enjoy everything Connecticut has to offer. When you rent an RV in North Stonington, don’t forget to visit the casino in the neighboring town of Ledyard on the Pequot reservation. This facility has one of the world’s largest casinos ever made and wealth of five-star dining and shopping options. The resort frequently hosts big-name musical acts and comedy shows.