Is it Even Possible to Boondock in Connecticut?
OK recreational vehicle enthusiasts, I have a question for you: Where the hell do you boondock in Connecticut? Has every inch of public land been monetized? It seems to.
What is boondocking? The term is defined as 'Dispersed camping on public land without hookups for electricity, water, and sewage'. Basically, it's camping for free, you park your rig, pitch a tent, whatever, and there you go. In the 70's-90's, it was common to see tractor trailers and RVs parked overnight on the side of a quiet road, next to a pond or a pretty view, for days at a time. Now, in 2022? Nope. Most everywhere, enforcement will tell you to move on to someplace that makes you pay for conveniences.
River Road in Newtown / Southbury for example, you remember the little shoulder / parking area just past the Berkshire Road intersection? For years, that was a sweet spot for tired Tractor Trailer drivers to pull over and get a little sleep. Now? No commercial vehicle parking. If you have a vehicle over 35 feet long, there are very few places in Connecticut that will allow you to boondock.
Where can you boondock in Connecticut? Rest areas. On I-84 East at the Danbury and Southington rest areas and on I-91, the Southbound Wallingford and Northbound Meriden rest areas will accommodate you. If you want the proverbial red carpet rolled out for you, go to one of our massive casinos.
Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun both have designated parking lots for your RV. Mohegan Sun will let you crash in their Turtle parking lot (Photo above) for 7 continuous days, or longer, if you fill out their RV/Camper Parking Permit Application. Foxwoods has a special lot for RV parking too. It's the lot off of Trolley Lane Boulevard, near the Pequot Post Gas Station.
If you want to pay, there are over 1400 campsites throughout the state, according to the CT DEEP. The advantage of paying is obviously the conveniences, but also the length of stay. At inland state park campgrounds, you can stay up to 14 consecutive days. You could stay at Hammonasset and Rocky Neck for up to 21 consecutive days, but it ain't cheap.