With its uncommonly large amount of conservation and recreation land, Charlestown is a remarkable collection of pristine natural resources. Burlingame State Park, Ninigret Wildlife Refuge, Ninigret Park and East Beach comprise approximately 20 percent of the total land area of the town and its protected wetlands, fresh and salt water ponds, and a barrier beach system.
A popular place for a summer cottage or condominium, Charlestown boasts miles of unspoiled beaches as well as activities suited for all lifestyles. Coastal ponds, fronted by barrier beaches, provide a recreational resource for the state as well as the town, attracting visitors and serving as a focal point for development. Ninigret Park is a great area for recreation and weekend festivities.
Charlestown is made up of the villages of: Burdickville, Carolina, Cross Mill, Kenyon, Quonochontaug, Shannock, Watchaug and Wood River Junction.