Ten great places to camp in New England
The first stop for most visitors to these islands is Georges Island, after a 45-minute ferry ride from Long Wharf. Georges is the home of Fort Warren, built in 1833 and used during the Civil War as a training ground for Union troops and prison camp for more than 2,000 Confederate soldiers, including the vice president of the Confederacy, Alexander Stephens. From Georges, you can board a smaller ferry toward Grape Island. This is an ideal spot for walking on grassy paths past fields of wild roses, collecting blackberries and raspberries, and spending a night or two at the small campground. Overnight camping is also available on neighboring Lovell (popular for its outer beach) and Bumpkin islands.
Each island holds 10 to 12 sites (starting at $8 a night) and Lovell has supervised swimming; 877-422-6762