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Mainly seasonal

Majority of sites are season all campers with LOTS of cottages. Went early in the season so many had not been maintained in months. Only a handful of full hook up sites surrounded by seasonal cottages. Other area of the place had water and electric but it would be hard to get in/out of if it had rained a lot as it was all on soft grass. Lake was not easy to get to due to the messy walkways and mud. Overall was not impressed. Felt like a trailer park.

Day trip

Came here for a day trip. Very pretty and it was a gorgeous day. Was able to take some beautiful pictures.

Over night ok

Mostly transient workers there right next to busy highway, right next to chilis packing lot. Very tight spots.

A great little bit of camp in Brooklyn!

Gateway is perfect for camping when you don’t need a big adventure, just a well crafted little one. Located in Brooklyn, it was a natural choice when I took my group of scouts who were between the ages of 3-5, so in case of emergencies, or kids who freak out about tent sleeping, getting home or other resources is easy. Once in the sites, the foliage and layout perfectly cuts out the city, so it feels like real woods camping. And the beach nearby, visitor center, trails, and other amenities means you always hav something to do. Special highlight, the aviation museum!

I highly recommend it if you’re camping with little kids or if you just want an easy relaxing weekend when you can pop up a tent, hang a hammock, and not have to worry about packing for a big trip.

Fun Peaceful Retreated

It is awesome!! I am not a camper, not even glamper, but it was so beautiful clean and wonderful! Sheets towels Pendleton blankets, ocean breezes. Campfire evenings, and exploring days! Bathrooms were immaculate and private. Kent our host was terrific and so competent. Go go GO!!!!

Findly, Claudia A

Amazing

Who would guess in the middle of New York, you could walk the beach in solitude, ride a bike along the boardwalk for a lobster dinner or just relax in a comfy bed falling asleep to the sound of waves breaking on the shore? You can take a ferry ride past the Statue of Liberty and Coney Island over to the 911 Memorial or go shopping in downtown New York, then head back to a camp- fire with s’mores to watch the sunset over the ocean. And best of all, the sunny days; just hanging around on the warm sand or swinging in a hammock with a cool breeze. (Every Tent has a hammock too). Great fun for us oldsters as well as the youngsters!

The best thing about visiting NYC

Never have I slept so well while camping! Not only are the beds ridiculously comfortable but you fall asleep listening to the ocean. There is a camp fire every night where people gather around to share food, star gaze and make new friends. Staff is super friendly and helpful- they suggested tons of places to eat and local activities..like a lobster boil. I went for 3 nights but could have stayed for a week. I love it and can't wait to return this summer!

Beach cozy and so much to explore..👍🏼

When we arrived at Camp Rockaway last August for a 4 day stay, with a 9 yr old and a 12 yr old granddaughters we were so excited to be able to stay on the beach and not leave. Loving the ocean every day and exploring the beach early every morning was such a gift. We were having such great times that we even ventured into the city by ferry one day finishing off by delicious ice cream on the beach with s’mores at the campsite fire pit. What a perfect place to stay and enjoy the out doors with all the emenities of hot showers,comfy beds,and a wonderful staff to help with anything you need. We are so looking forward to another stay this August as well. Thank you Camp Rockaway for this fantastic concept you brought back from the early 1900’s. Bravo….👍🏼❤️😎

First stay August 2018 with 2 granddaughters

My wife and I brought 2 of our granddaughters to Camp Rockaway in August 2018. We came during the week, we had the beach to ourselves and we didn't have to go home at night - we stayed right there in very cool tents with Queen Beds. Our tent was back to back with the girls (ages 9 & 12), close enough but not too close for these "grown up" girls. There was anther family staying with 4 kids and we had a great time cooking out with them and playing board games at night under the common tent. Coffee in the morning was ready early and we walked to everything including restaurants. The water temp was great, especially compared to our New Hampshire beach temps, and the body surfing was awesome. We've already booked for the same week in August 2019; we and our granddaughters can't wait to come back - hard to believe you're in New York City!!!

First to Review
glamping heaven!

Camp Rockaway is absolute heaven for the urban/beach glamper!!!! Whether escaping the grind in Brooklyn with your "energetic" twins (as we were), returning to the City for a holiday weekend (as we do now!), or looking for a romantic getaway (one day we'll be those people again!) - everything is perfect!

Tents/beds are super comfortable and well appointed (you feel like you're in a photo shoot); bathrooms/showers are immaculate; the campfire is magical, with endless s'mores and the hush of waves; and you feel like the luckiest people alive with early-morning runs and bike rides before the rest of the "world's greatest city" has arrived to the beach. The hosts are super attentive and helpful - and, well, all around fantastic folks - the kind of people you want to camp with!

As you pack up to schlep the sandy mess home at the end of a perfect beach day, just imagine if you were heading a few steps away to a private shower, and then getting cozy to watch the stars appear next to a crackling fire. My kiddos said they had the "time of their lives" after our first stay. Camp Rockaway delivers.

Great place

Great place!! Friendly and helpful staff. Clean!! Lots of fun.

Relaxing get away to clear your mind or just enjoy the outdoors

Sebago cabins the way to get away and relax enjoy the lake 🎏 you can go hiking they also have movie nights they do big bon 🔥 on Saturday very kid friendly ranger Joe is 👌 with the kids and they have 🔥 wood for purchase on site most cabins have 2rooms with 4cots but some are larger inside has a full fridge and double hot plate outside a 🔥 pit and grill with table

Absolutely loved! Great lake and campsite

This was beautiful campground with an even nicer lake. You are able to do a hike around the lake. They have both cabins for rent and camping spots on platforms which are great, especially when it rains. You can also rent canoes and take them out on the lake for an afternoon activity. Highly recommend if you are in the area!

Amazing lake! But on the pricier side...

Sebago has a huge lake and great beach area. It was perfect for lounging and swimming in during a hot summer day. We were able to rent a cabin which was equipped with an outside grill and picnic area. It is great if you are going with a group/family and people want to sleep inside a cabin as oppose to a tent outside. It was definitely more on the pricier end for just a weekend camping getaway, however, because of the cabins and nicer amenities.

Large Group Reservations Only

We were NOT able to camp at Henry Kauffman. While this is listed as a campsite on the Dyrt map, it is important to note that this site is only for large group reservations though organizations such as YMCA and JCC. While it seems like a great place to send kids in the summer, do not expect to set up a tent. I showed up and the gate was closed. Definitely recommend checking out the website first… https://www.camphkc.org/

Primitive, hike in only

Harriman State Park offers primitive camping only. You biggest downside is that you have to hike in about a mile or two to get to the various sites. The advantage of this is that you are already on the trail and you will be far enough from car/street noises. There are several camping options once you begin hiking in. Make sure to bring enough supplies to last for your trip as it is a bit of a hassle to have to hike back out to your car.

Spread out. Raised platforms a big plus

The biggest positive about Beaver Pond is how spread out it was. You definitely feel like you have your own space and are not camping on top of your neighbor. Many of the camping options were on platforms which is especially nice if it recently rained or if you are expecting rain during your stay. I also particularly enjoyed the communal sink which made it very convenient and easy to wash dishes and fill up water.

Quiet County Park with Large Sites

Located in the Skylands of New Jersey, Mahlon Dickerson Campgound is a perfect place to spend a few nights or a couple of weeks. The campsites are paved and mostly level. They are wooded and large. Water and electric hookups and a dump station. Convenient for hiking and exploring, it's also only a 20 minute drive to a large mall in Rockaway.

Large wooded campsites in the NJ Skylands

This county park has large, wooded campsites with electric and water. It's beautiful and quiet, and close to beautiful hiking trails, lakes, and other outdoor recreation opportunities. And yet it's only about a 15 minute drive to a large mall with movies, shopping, and restaurants.

Great for kids and families

Panther lake was a pretty good campground with lots of spots to camp at. Our campsite had a picnic bench and a fire ring. They offer both RV and primitive camping. The grounds were fairly large and each campsite gets their own space with decent privacy. The lake and pool were a big plus, especially for hot days. While I did not take advantage, you are allowed to rent boats and take them out on the lake. The welcome center has a store where you can buy essentials you may have forgotten and then some (cold drinks, milk, cups, pans, condiments, ice cream, etc.). There is an arcade room (fun for kids but kind of an odd thing to have at a campsite in my opinion) and a covered sitting area also next to the welcome center.

Mostly for RVs

I did not love Fla-Net as a place to go tent camping. The section for tents is rather small and kind of off to the side. Most of the campground was taken up by RV which were all parked really close to one another. It seemed like a decent place to go RV camping, but still not great. The campsite did not have the feel like it was in the woods. When you walk to the top of the hill, you realize the grounds are backed up to a store’s parking lot which had an odd feel to me. They did have a pool and playground which would be nice for kids and the bathroom had a shower in it which is always a plus.

Wilderness camping at its finest

Hike in or boat across the reservoir, thats the only way to access these primitive sites. Beautiful sites right on the lake, or up higher if wanted. If possible I suggest scouting out the perfect site prior to booking because some are gems while others are difficult to get into. We boated/canoed kayaked in for a huge group one year and single sites every other year. Earlier in the year is better to prevent lots and lots of bugs, August is hot and buggy!! Rangers always come by sites to check on campers and are nice.

Great for families

Great atmosphere for families. Liitte crowded for couples who want peace and quiet the staff was great to deal wwith

OK

We camped here once because it was easy for part of our family to get to from NYC. Sites were a little too close together and one of the sites we reserved was filled with broken glass, we did call the park office and they promptly sent someone out to clean it up. Bathrooms were clean but there wasn't soap in any of the dispensers. If you're truly looking to get away from it all I would go elsewhere since the parkway runs through/over the park, you will be able to hear traffic noises. That said, this is probably a great place for those who have not camped before, it's easy to get to and close to civilization.

Lovely

Took the dogs here had a wonderful time went hikingand found a little pond for the boys to cool off in.

Love

Played nan hunt as a child here for years great gor family vacation

😀

Went on a overniggt hike with some friends it was amazing lost a buddy of mine for a while but enjoyed the scenery.

Fun

Had a blast hiked all day and enjoyed some fishing and moonlight kyaking place was a blast

Ghosttown all of fall

This may be my favorite spot. I habe stayed in all the spots they offer, yurt, cabin and the pull up sites. It is well maintained with numerous trails to hike. Getting a cabin in the winter and going for a snowy hike is wondrful there

Great place!

We go every year l. It has everything the outdoorsman could ask for. Bring your bow and shoot at the hay barrels. Ice skate on the lake in the winter or just enjoy a gorgeous walk in the woods.