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American Legion and Peoples state forests

It might not be glamping, but eight of Connecticut’s state parks and forests have rustic cabins for rent that will put you right in the middle of some of the state’s most beautiful natural settings. Choose a location in the woods or near the water, and you’ll have ready access to numerous outdoor activities.

With room for six people, each cabin has a covered porch and two rooms, one with a double bed and the other with two bunk beds. There are no bathrooms or kitchens, but shared restrooms with showers are nearby. If you must bring your devices, the cabins have electricity.

Most cabins cost $50 a night for Connecticut residents and $60 for non-residents, plus taxes and fees. The two shoreline parks — Hammonasset Beach and Rocky Neck — are $70 for residents and $80 for non-residents. For inland parks, you must book cabins for at least two nights, while shoreline cabins have a seven-night minimum stay.

Reserve a cabin by calling 877-668-2267 or going to reserveamerica.com. — Albie Yuravich

Housatonic Meadows State Park, Sharon

Camping season: May 24-Sept. 1

Cabins sit among the tall pines along the Housatonic River, part of the park’s 452 acres.

Activities: Hiking, boating and fly-fishing

Kettletown State Park, Southbury

Camping season: May 24-Sept. 1

Cabins are close to Lake Zoar, which is part of the Housatonic River, in this 605-acre park.

Activities: Biking, boating, hiking, swimming and fishing

Black Rock State Park, Watertown

Camping season: May 24-Sept. 2

This 439-acre park in the state’s Western Highlands has several cabins set amid a wooded backdrop.

Activities: Fishing, hiking and swimming

Lake Waramaug State Park, New Preston

Camping season: April 12-Sept. 1

Cabins are a short distance from this 95-acre park’s lovely Lake Waramaug.

Activities: Biking, boating, fishing and swimming

Hammonasset Beach State Park, Madison

Camping season: May 24-Oct. 14

With more than 2 miles of beach, this is the state’s largest shoreline park and features a large camping area with eight cabins.

Activities: Swimming, biking, boating, fishing, scuba diving, softball and volleyball

American Legion and Peoples state forests, Barkhamsted

Camping season: April 12-Oct. 14

The Austin F. Hawes Memorial Campground is nestled in pine woods with cabins not far from the west branch of the Farmington River.

Activities: Biking, boating, tubing, climbing, fishing, hiking, historic sites and hunting

Hopeville Pond State Park, Griswold

Camping season: May 24-Sept. 1

Part of the Pachaug River, Hopeville Pond is the central feature of this 554-acre park. The site’s single cabin must be rented for a minimum of three nights.

Activities: Biking, boating, swimming, fishing, hiking, historic sites, baseball and softball

Rocky Neck State Park, East Lyme

Camping season: May 24-Sept. 1

Cabins are set along a tidal river of this 700-acre park, whose main attraction is a half-mile, crescent-shaped beach.

Activities: Biking, fishing, scuba diving, swimming, hiking and historic sites

This article appeared in the May 2019 issue of Connecticut Magazine. You can subscribe here, or find the current issue on sale here. Got a question or comment? Email editor@connecticutmag.com, or contact us on Facebook @connecticutmagazine or Twitter @connecticutmag.

Albie Yuravich is the editor in chief of Connecticut Magazine. A product of the Naugatuck River Valley, he's also been a newspaper editor and writer at the New Haven Register, Greenwich Time, The Register Citizen and the Republican-American.