In the early 70's, Ed & Addie Specyalski enjoyed camping with their two children, Lee and Brian. While their experiences varied, there was one camping trip that changed their lives forever. They stayed at a campground that was supposed to be family-friendly, yet offered no activities for children - in fact had nothing at all for children to do. When Ed inquired with the owner about why there was nothing to do for the children, the owner's response to him was "If you don't like it - open your own campground!" And that is exactly what Ed decided to do. And in 1974, Brialee was established.
Ed continued to work at his full-time job while he, Addie, and the children worked tirelessly to make a campground out of the old farm they had purchased. Little by little, the campground began to come in to itself, welcoming guests from locations nearby, and as far away as Rhode Island and Massachusetts. They began with just a handful of sites, and were known as Brialee Acres, then Brialee Recreational Camping. As they continued to grow and bring in new families, their name changed with the growth and times - becoming Brialee RV & Tent Park, then Brialee Family Campground and Cabin Rentals, to a shortened version we use today of Brialee Family Camping. The operation was turned over to their son, Brian, about 20 years ago as Ed & Addie aged. Now, 45 + years and thousands of camping families later, the focus still remains - providing a great family camping experience filled with fun and activities for all ages. We are proud of maintaining a family-run business that has a strong focus and dedication to family camping and is built on referrals and positive feedback from camping families like you.
Brialee Family Campground is located in Ashford in the Northeast Corner of Connecticut, on 120 acres of beautiful grounds, surrounded by the Natchaug State Forest. A true country setting, with rolling hills, forest, and farms. Let us welcome you to our camping family!
Things to Do
Gem Mine ($)
Boating (no motors) (Pond)
Fishing (Stocked Pond)
Planned Sports Activities
Paint Nights ($)
Cards / Setback
Supervised Kids & Adult Activities
Mini Golf (New)
Shuffleboard / Bocce
Things to See
Snack Bar ($)
State Forest Trails
Wiffle Ball Stadium
Camp Store ($)
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An affordable way to take a seven month long vacation. The benefits are endless.
Themed weekends April through October, planned and supervised.
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