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Pulaski State Park is one of the smaller state parks in this Connecticut area, but this day-use facility certainly offers a lot to those that visit. It sits within the 4000-acre George Washington Management Area, which offers even more opportunities for outdoor recreation. The park was founded in 1939, and the Civilian Conservation Corps built a road leading to the park in 1940, providing even easier access.
In addition to the George Washington Management Area, the towns of Thompson, CT, Pomfret, and Putnam also surround the park and are great to explore. With so much to do and see, search for an RV in Providence County today.
Fishing is one of the most popular activities in the park, especially in the spring months, when the trout is the most abundant. The 13-acre Peck Pond is a popular haunt for anglers who rent a camper near Pulaski State Park. In the summer months, when the weather is warm, the lake also provides the perfect place to cool off and go for a swim. From Memorial Day to Labour Day, the beach is open for swimming and is very popular for groups of friends or family who come as an escape from city life and to spend a day in the sand.
When it is warm, the gravel paths that run through the park can be used for walking and are popular with those who are camping with an RV in the area. The most used trails are the 'Walkabout Trail' series, three connected walking trails that are blazed blue, red, and orange. They all begin in the adjacent George Washington Management Area and then extend into the park. Another popular trail is one that runs near Peck Pond and follows Keach Brook before returning to the pond via a winding upland trail.
In the winter, however, the trails are carefully groomed for the use of cross-country skiers and are closed for hikers. Snowshoeing is also allowed on the narrow foot trails.
Dotted throughout the park are a number of picnic tables, making it a lovely place to spend the day before heading back to your RV rental.
Echo Lake Campground is one of the closest to the park, making it a good option for those camping at Pulaski State Park. This family-owned campground is located on the western shores of the lake, covering 230 acres, which are wooded and picturesque. There is a range of different campsites available depending on your needs and preferences, including lakeside sites with electricity and water, basic sites with just electricity, and some tent sites. Amenities include a boat ramp, hot showers, dump station, fire pits, and picnic tables.
Also nearby is West Thompson Lake Campground. Which is open from May through to September. It is located near the wooded shoreline of the lake from which it got its name. It is only a small campground with just over sites, making it ideal for those that want a relaxing and quiet place to go motorhome camping. Some of the sites come with both electric and water hook-ups, while others come with no hook-ups for those that prefer a more primitive camping experience. There are flush toilets and showers available, as well as a playground, amphitheater, basketball court, and interpretive trails on-site.
Get a better understanding of the history of the area by paying a visit to be the Providence Museum of Natural History. The museum is home to a huge range of exhibits, including the 'Circle of the Sea,' 'Salute to Apollo 11 and Lunar Exploration', and 'Victorian Past to the Present.' This huge museum makes a great rainy-day activity for the whole family. There is even a large planetarium where you can travel deep into space and learn more about the planets and stars.
Animal lovers should head to Southwick's Zoo, an attraction for the whole family to enjoy. Not only is it home to a huge range of exotic creatures, allowing you to learn more about the animals, but also has lots of other activities. There are many shows and keeper talks throughout the day, a soaring eagle Zipline adventure, a rainforest adventure maze, some small amusement rides, and more. There is also the opportunity to meet some of the animals with rhino and giraffe encounters.
Nearby, Carousel Village offers hours of fun for children of all ages. They can leap, jump, and bounce in the Bouncy House, or climb aboard the Carousel Express for a fun ride. The fully accessible Boundless Playground is open daily all year, plus there are places where you can grab a bite to eat. The historic carousel is, of course, the highlight of the park, featuring classic colonial horses.