Camping @ Steep Rock

Steep Rock Association is pleased to announce that our 2021 camping season will open June 1st. All campsites (SR1, SR2 and SR3) will be available.

Weekend camping at all sites is a 2-night minimum.

All campsites must be reserved. To reserve a site, please call 860-868-9131 between 8 am – 4 pm weekdays or email info@steeprockassoc.org. Camping reservations are first – come, first -serve basis.

SRA recognizes the potential impact and dangers of the Covid virus, and we reserve the right to close our camping season, if necessary. Please read our Covid guidelines below before reserving a campsite.

COVID-19 GUIDELINES:

  • If you are sick or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home.
  • Privies, grills, picnic tables, firewood racks and other amenities will be operational but not sanitized. Bring your own sanitizer and use at your own risk. Users should avoid or sanitize high-touch surfaces.
  • Privies are confined and enclosed spaces; allow for time to pass, if possible, between non-household members using the privies.
  • Masks/cloth facial coverings are recommended, especially while in enclosed space of the privy.

If you have any questions prior to your visit please call the office at 860-868-9131 or e-mail info@steeprockassoc.org. Our office hours are Monday – Friday, 8am- 4pm

While enjoying our trails, please be courteous and respectful of other visitors; wear a mask and follow social distancing requirements (6-ft). We have seen several bears and wildlife are actively nesting and raising young. Please leash your dogs and clean up after them for the safety of your dogs, our visitors, and the ecology of our preserves. We emphasize “Leave No Trace” practices to ensure quality experiences for everyone. Thank you for your support. All are welcome here. Enjoy your camping experience!

CAMPING FEE: $35 per night / per camping site. Fee includes firewood. 
To Reserve a Campsite: 
You must call the office at 860.868.9131 to confirm availability and reserve your campsite. Payment can be made by check or cash at the Steep Rock Association main office located at 2 Green Hill Road, Washington Depot, CT 06794, Monday – Friday between the hours of 8 am and 4 pm. You can also fill out the application and pay by credit card using the “Camping Payment” button below.

Just Imagine

Yourself sitting around a crackling fire under the brightly lit night sky listening to the Shepaug River meandering downstream. At Steep Rock, campers are surrounded by nature. Steep Rock offers tent camping at three different sites located right along the River. We invite you to come experience Steep Rock in a new way!

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SR 1

This site is suitable for group camping. Amenities include a grill, a campfire ring, two picnic tables, and a firewood rack. An outhouse is located on the woodland path between sites SR1 and SR2. No vehicle access; parking is in the main lot at the entrance to the Preserve.

Directions: Located on the west bank of the river, Site SR2 is approximately a 0.9 mile hike down the trail.

SR 2

This site is suitable for group camping. Amenities include a grill, a campfire ring, two picnic tables, and a firewood rack. An outhouse is located on the woodland path between sites SR1 and SR2. No vehicle access; parking is in the main lot at the entrance to the Preserve.

Directions: Located on the west bank of the river, Site SR2 is approximately a 0.7 mile hike down the trail.

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SR 3

Set in the pines a short distance above the river with a beautiful view north. Amenities include a campfire ring, picnic table, and firewood rack. There is now an outhouse at campsite SR3.

 

Directions: Vehicle access; This site is located on the east bank of the river near the end of Tunnel Road (just before the road climbs upward) and down a short path off the small parking area.

Information

PLEASE NOTE: Three business days are required prior to reserving a campsite so we have time to process your application and ensure the site is in good condition for your visit.

Steep Rock Association is not your traditional campground.  We offer three remote and rustic sites in our Steep Rock Preserve.  There is no potable water so you must bring your own.  There is an outhouse between campsites SR1 and SR2 and now one at SR3, campers must provide their own toilet paper.  It is important to be bear aware and you can follow this helpful guide from DEEP.

The Emerald Ash Borer has been discovered in Connecticut; therefore, we will provide firewood at each reserved camping site. Please Do not bring firewood into Steep Rock Preserve.

Please check availability by calling the office at (860) 868-9131 or email info@steeprockassoc.org. Once confirmed we will send you the camping application to be completed.

Please see our full list of camping rules below.

If you prefer to pay by check, please CLICK HERE to download the camping application. Once the camping application is completely filled out, print the document and send it to our office along with your camping fee.

FAQS & Rules

Please note: Three business days are required prior to reserving a campsite so we have time to process your application and ensure the site is in good condition for your visit.

  • Tent camping only. No Campers or Trailers.
  • Arrival time: 2:00 p.m.; Departure time: 11:00 a.m. Maximum 3 night stay.
  • Camping fees: $35.00 per night, per camping site.
  • Camping fees are non-refundable. Fees are paid when submitting this application.
  • Dogs are permitted but must be leashed at all times.
  • Maximum 20 campers per site at sites SR1 and SR2. Maximum 6 campers per site at site SR3.
  • No alcohol allowed.
  • Quiet Hours are from 10:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. daily
  • Remove all tent pegs. Fill and level all holes and ditches.
  • Pack in all equipment. No motorized vehicles allowed. Park cars in designated parking areas.
  • Please leave the site at least as neat and clean as you found it.
  • Campfires are permitted only in designated grills and/or fire rings. Do not leave fires unattended.
  • Steep Rock Association reserves the right to cancel a reservation at our discretion.
  • Do not cut standing timber. Use only firewood provided at site. Do not harm trees by chopping, carving, or driving nails.
  • Do not litter: please carry out what you carry in.
 

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