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  • George Washington State Park, RI

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     George Washington State Park is located on Bowdish Reservoir in the far northwest corner of Little Rhody, just a few miles from CT and MA. It is a very typical New England state park - in the woods, beside a lake and without hookups. Facilities have been improved immensely with the recent completion of a new bathhouse with flush toilets and hot showers. Scattered through the campground are a number of porta-potties.

    Date of visit: Aug 2017

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    It was a beautiful New England summer day when we arrived. We enjoyed a leisurely stroll through the park to check out the various campsites. Here are sites 8 and 7.

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    Most sites are quite private, separated from the neighbors by trees and brush. This is site 11.

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    Site 19 is located on a short spur loop.

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    Sites 23-21 are a little more open to each other than most sites, making them a good choice for a large family or group of friends.

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    Sites along the main camp road, such as 25, are fairly level and suitable for RV's.

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    Site 26 is located not too far from the beach and boat ramp. It's also sunnier than most sites and yet is quite private.

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    Typical of most sites is 33.

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    Site 38 is in the foreground with site 19 in the distance beyond it.

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    Site 40 on the left is a nice grassy site with some sun, site 39 is beyond it in the shade.

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    There is a separate loop up on a hill where most sites are more suitable for tents and perhaps popup trailers, although there are a few spots where an RV might be comfortable. This is site 46.

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    Site 47 is definitely not a good choice for an RV, being quite hilly.

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    On the other hand, site 62 is a pull-through suitable for small to medium RV's.

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    The upper camp loop has 5 sites designed solely for tents. One parks near the road and will find a raised tent platform (beyond the table) beside the table and fire-ring. This is site T3.

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    This is the brand-new bathhouse with hot showers and flush toilets.

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    There is a very nice beach for sunning and swimming.

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    A boat ramp allows campers to get their boats in the water for a little fishing.

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    There is a set of horseshoe pits near the bathhouse. I don't think I would leave my car parked where this one is, especially with no backstop behind the post.


    74 sites (17 tent-only) - no hookups: $20 ($14 for RI residents)

    7 sites are remote hike-to sites

    Open: Apr - Oct

    Tel: 401-568-6700


    Flush toilets, hot showers, RV dump station


     Boating, hiking, fishing, swimming, horseshoes

    Entrance gate coordinates: 41.919851, -71.754953

    Elevation: 636ft ~ 194m

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