Mount Riga State Park is a seasonal outdoor recreation area that is open to the public from approximately March to December each year. It is located slightly north of the town of Salisbury, at the foot of Mount Riga, which also borders the park on its southern boundary. The park is a popular hiking destination due to its far-reaching views; from the peak, you can see much of Connecticut to the south and east, north into Massachusetts and west into New York. Although technically not within the park's boundaries, the park is associated by many with both Mount Riga and Bear Mountain. Booking an RV rental near Mount Riga State Park is how this vacation will begin.
From the preserve's parking lot, you can access the trails from the trailhead; one of them connects with the Appalachian Trail and another crosses over Bear Mountain and into Massachusetts before looping and returning to its starting point. The trails will take you through forested areas and past glittering lakes before ascending to the peak; your reward will be panoramic views that are amongst the best you may ever see. In addition to hiking, bow hunting is allowed within the park; wildlife observation and photography are also popular here, for obvious reasons.
The region in and around Mount Riga State Park hosts a variety of landscapes you'll want to see firsthand, and one of them can be found in Bartholomew's Cobble Reservation. Scientists believe this historic area was an inland sea almost five hundred million years ago; today, it has a pair of rocky knolls surrounded by open fields and alkali soil that supports a wide variety of flowers. You'll find stands of cottonwood trees, transitional forests, freshwater marshes, and a river. Hiking the area will expose you to striking scenery, and there is a museum that documents the area's natural and cultural history. Mount Riga State Park camping means you can return to the comfort of your home-on-wheels when the day is done.
Beckley Iron Furnace State Park is a monument to one of the area's earliest industries, combining education with outdoor appreciation. Many visitors come to see the historic iron furnace and learn more about it and how iron was produced; once you're here, you'll also want to spend some time exploring the hiking trails, one of which passes over a bridge, and viewing the river which originally powered the iron mill's water wheel before being replaced by a turbine.
Haystack Mountain State Park is a year-round outdoor recreation area sporting both natural and landmark attractions. Not far from the town of Norfolk, the mountain summit hosts a tall stone tower from which you can see mountains as far away as Vermont, New York, and Massachusetts. There is a seasonal access road that takes you halfway up the mountain; you can drive it in your Salisbury camper rental from late April until early November. The hiking trail to the peak can be taken from the end of the road or the mountain base at any time of the year.
Camping at Mount Riga State Park
Although there may be primitive tent camping in Mount Riga State Park, it might be best to seek elsewhere for RV camping options. One possible destination is Lone Oak Camp Sites, a family-friendly RV campground located at the foot of Canaan Mountain. Lone Oak has hundreds of campsites so you can choose between campsites nestled into the woods or sites in an open field with lots of sun. The campground is seasonal, running from mid-May to mid-October, and you can rent sites by the day, week, or month; it has a camp store where you can stock up on supplies, and there's also a deli, in case you decide to take a break from cooking.
Waubeeka Family Campground is another family-friendly RV campground near Salisbury, with social events and themed weekends throughout the camping season, which runs from early May to mid-October. You can rent campsites by the day and choose from back-in or pull-through access sites. Amenities include a common area with horseshoes, volleyball and basketball, mini-golf, and a playground for younger kids. There are two lakes on-site, one for swimming and another for fishing.
Exploring the Area
If you're ready to reward yourself or want to check out the local culture, you can start by heading to Canaan. The town has an urban park that is the site of a majestic waterfall; you can stroll through the area, enjoying the scenery, hike the rocks at the top of the waterfall, and take a dip in the basin at the waterfall's foot. If it's getting close to mealtime, the town has an impressive list of reasonably priced restaurants; most of them are diners or venues serving American style food, but a couple of establishments offer British, Mexican, Italian, and other cuisines if you'd like some variety.
Sharon is a small town with a long history, having existed here for more than 200 years. It has several landmark locations that are included in the National Register of Historic Places, such as Ebenezer Gay House, James Pardee House, and the Sharon Historic District. The town has an urban park and a commercial farm that welcomes visitors, a museum, a playhouse theater, and lots of opportunities for shopping.