by Cathy P. Ross
May 22, 2013
09:35 AM
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Rough it easy at Connecticut's state parks.

Rough it easy at Connecticut's state parks.

Courtesy of New Opportunities Inc.

Camping under the stars isn't for everyone, and for those folks roughing it just got easier in Connecticut. A number of state parks  have attractive new options for lodging ready for campers this month when the season opens on May 24 (camping season begins the weekend before Memorial Day weekend and ends Sept. 30). Black Rock State Park in Watertown, Kettletown State Park in Southbury, Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison, Lake Waramaug State Park in Kent, and Housatonic Meadows State Park in Sharon  have newly constructed cabins for those who don’t really like to rough it. Over the next couple of years, the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection plans to build as many as 100 cabins spread throughout Connecticut’s state parks; as of now, 22 have been completed.

Besides that “new cabin smell”, the cabins have electricity and are outfitted with bunk beds, as opposed to the standard tent-and-sleeping bag combo. Other creature comforts to ensure a great time include a front porch, double driveway, a barbeque, fire pit and a picnic table, of course. Additional park facilities include restrooms, showers, drinking water, a dumping station, picnic shelters, a concession, and gravel/grass parking. Each cabin accommodates a maximum of six people and costs $50 per night.  You should make reservations now (these "dream homes" are going to fill up fast). 

             For more information about camping at Connecticut state parks or to make a reservation, visit For further information, call the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection at 1-866-287-2757 or 1-866-CTPARKS or visit

Rough it easy at Connecticut's state parks.

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