Good Sam RV Travel Guide & Campground Directory

Camping with Your Dog Westport CT

Travelling with dogs is entirely possible, but does take a little coordination and planning. The first thing to consider is where you’re headed. It’s important to check on your destination’s policy on pets. For more information on campground pet policies, check out Woodall’s campgrounds before planning your next trip.

Hither Hills State Park
(631) 668-2554
Montauk, NY
Campground Availability
16-Jun thru 9-Sep
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Ice, Laundry, Limited Grocery
Recreation
Salt Water Swimming, Saltwater Fishing, Playground, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Sports Field, Hiking Trails

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West Thompson Lake (COE-West Thompson Lake)
(860) 923-3121
Thompson, CT
Campground Availability
Mid May thru Mid Sep
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Control Access Gate, Partial Handicap Access, Clubs Welcome
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Wood
Recreation
Pavilion, Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, Lake Fishing, River Fishing, Playground, Horseshoes, Basketball, Hiking Trails, Local Tours, REC Open to Public

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Nickerson Park Family Campground
(860) 455-0007
Chaplin, CT
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Limited Grocery, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Hall, River Swimming, Float Trips, Canoeing, Kayaking, River Fishing, Playground, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Sports Field

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Salem Farms Campground*
(800) 479-9238
39 Alexander Rd
Salem, CT
Campground Availability
May 01-Columbus Day
Services
Control Access Gate, Escort to Site, Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Portable Dump
Policies
Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Groceries, LP Gas by Weight
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Pavilion, Equipped Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, Pond Fishing, Playground, Mini Golf, Shuffle Board Court, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Tennis, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby,

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White Memorial Family Campground (Point Folly)
(860) 567-0089
Litchfield, CT
Campground Availability
Early May thru Columbus Day
Services
Non Flush, Dump Station
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Limited Grocery
Recreation
Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Lake Fishing, Hiking Trails

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Hopeville Pond State Park
(860) 376-2920
Jewett City, CT
Campground Availability
Mid Apr thru 30-Sep
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Wood, Limited Grocery
Recreation
River Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, River Fishing, Pond Fishing, Horseshoes, Volleyball, Sports Field, Hiking Trails

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Seaport Campground (Morgan RV Resorts)*
(860) 536-4044
45 Campground Rd
Old Mystic, CT
Campground Availability
Apr 15-Oct 31
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Portable Dump, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Groceries, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Room, Coin Games, Pool, Pond Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Mini Golf, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field

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Brialee RV & Tent Park
(800) 303-CAMP
Ashford, CT
Campground Availability
1-Apr thru 1-Dec
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Portable Dump, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Grocery, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, Boating, Canoeing, Pond Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Shuffle Board Court, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field, Hiking Trails

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Stateline Camp Resort & Cabins*
(860) 774-3016
1639 Hartford Pike
East Killingly, CT
Campground Availability
Apr 15-Oct 31
Services
Control Access Gate, Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Portable Dump
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Groceries, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Room, Equipped Pavilion, Pool, Boating, Lake Fishing, Pond Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field

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Sterling Park Campground
(860) 564-8777
Sterling, CT
Campground Availability
Mid Apr thru Columbus Day
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Portable Dump, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Grocery, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Hall, Coin Games, Pool, Wading Pool, Playground, Mini Golf, Shuffle Board Court, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field

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Camping with Your Dog

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February 7, 2010 by Jeanine Kennedy · 3 Comments  

We’re a family of animal lovers. With two dogs, one cat, a guinea pig and a salamander, we’ve got our own mini zoo around here.

So how do we balance our many pets with our love of camping? It’s not always easy, but here’s what we do.

The smaller animals most definitely stay at home. We usually hire a neighborhood kid to come in and take care of them while we’re gone. As for the dogs? That’s a different story, as they usually come along for the ride.

Travelling with dogs is entirely possible, but does take a little coordination and planning. The first thing to consider is where you’re headed. It’s important to check on your destination’s policy on pets. For more information on campground pet policies, check out Woodall’s campgrounds before planning your next trip.

We’ve found that some national parks don’t allow dogs on their trails or at their attractions. So if you decide to bring your dog, you need to make sure you can safely keep them in your car or at your site.

Our boys after a fun day camping

Luckily, destinations that allow pets are far more common than the ones that don’t. So if you want to bring your furry friend on your next camping trip, just follow some simple steps. By doing so, you’ll find camping can be a pleasurable experience for humans and canines alike.

Things like size, age and personality are all factors to consider. You may want to ask yourself some other questions too. How do they react to change? Are they nervous or relaxed? Can they stay by themselves without endless barking or howling? If your dog is a homebody or does not do well in strange situations, you may want to consider hiring dog sitter to keep him or her company at home.

Our dogs happen to be pretty easy going. But they’re big. Sometimes it’s a balancing act to make sure there is enough room in the car to accommodate two Labs as well as all of our stuff.

When packing, make sure to include some portable bowls and plenty of water. A few plastic bags are also helpful in case your dog needs to take a potty break along the way.

And since most campgrounds have leash laws, it’s important to include a long lead. Even if your dog is usually well behaved, remember that campsites have many temptations not seen at home. Open food sources, wildlife and other dogs are just a few of the things you can come across.

We’ve also found that, when camping, a well-exercised pooch is a happy pooch. This will thwart boredom and promotes relaxation when they need to stay behind. Taking them running, hiking or playing in the water are all great ways to keep them happy.

Last but not least, dogs are creatures of habit. The more familiar the surrounds, the happier they will be. By bringing some familiar toys, a favorite dog bed and some treats from home will all help them feel more comfortable and safe.

In the end, remember that with a little planning, traveling with your dog can be a great...

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