No matter what kind of camping you’re into; seaside, mountainside, lakeside, even city side, New York has it all. There’s a countless number of places where you can pitch a tent, park a car, or rent a cabin. Camping in New York also means you’ve always got a ton of activities nearby, like swimming, hiking, fishing, canoeing, even mountain biking.
Some of the best camping in New York can be found in the Finger Lakes. Here you’ll find places like the Hickory Hill Family Camping Resort that offers themed weekends, as well as spa services, mini golf, wagon rides, and swimming pools. One of the more popular Finger Lakes destinations is Watkins Glen State Park, which has 19 waterfalls within a two mile walk. The park also has an Olympic sized pool, hot showers, and restrooms.
Dreaming of city life? The Hudson Valley region offers many wonderful places to pitch your tent. Located near the Hudson River, the towns of Kingston, Poughkeepsie, Peekskill, West Point, White Plains, and Suffern (to name a few) all have great areas for camping in New York. And, they’re all accessible by train to and from the city.
If you’re into small maritime villages on the other side of the Hudson River and the East River, Long Island boasts some of the best camping in New York. On the island, surf-casting, fresh seafood, and sandy beaches are plentiful. If you make it all the way out to the end of the island, a visit to the Montauk Lighthouse, which was commissioned by George Washington, is a must see.
And, if mountains are your thing, head to the Catskills, the Adirondacks, or even Bear Mountain State Park where you’ll find forests, hidden streams, hiking trails, and mountains galore. Whatever your style, you’ll find camping in New York to compliment it. With the Dyrt, you’ll be able to discover just the right place to lay your head for a night, a weekend, a week, or even a month.
Nicks Lake Campground has always been one of my favorites. It has a great little swimming area and close access to a lot of activities for the kids. Motorized boats are also not allowed on Nicks Lake so it is very peaceful.
Beautiful state campground in the heart of the Adirondacks. Well maintained, peaceful with wonderful fishing, swimming and water access. Lots of hiking right from the park and some of the best views within a short drive and climb.
This review is for the paddle-in sites at Long Island at Blue Mountain Lake, though there are a number of these remote sites located all around the lake. It is only a short few mile paddle to most of the sites, this one on Long Island is perfect to access with kayaks or canoes. The campsites have good tent sites, outdoor latrines, are spaced far apart from each other, and all sites are right on the lakeshore with pristine crystal clear water to swm in. There is no water provided here, so bring your own or plan to treat or filter your water. This is a great destination campsite for a relaxing few days of camping with paddling day trips in the area, or a good first night stop if entering into the Racquette Lake wilderness or water trail. Sites are free, but first come first served and you must notify the ranger of your plans. These campsites are official Adirondack Park primitive campsites but they seem to be a well kept secret as you wont find specific info guiding you to them on the Adironack websites, but general info about primitive camping in the Adirondacks and other DEC state lands can be found at this link: https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41282.html
Thus campground is on Lake Erie in Evans, NY. The tentsites offer access to the beach where there is plenty of drift wood for your campfire. There is a lodge with games, arts and craftes educational activities for all ages. Also there is a fishing pond.
Our site was semi-private with some shade next to the creek. It was perfect falling asleep listening to the sound of the stream. At check-in we did receive the bear talk so plan accordly. As a seasoned camper, this didn’t bother us -- just be prepared for proper food storage. The sites were flat and well laid out. Unfortunately, the women’s bathroom was broken during our stay…No cell service, and it's about a 30 minute drive to town.
Pro tip: Camp here for easy access to Slide Mountain and request a creek site.
Sites were a nice size. The hookups are staggered every other site, but the owners lent us a power cable extension for no-charge.
Nice level sites and plenty of room , good for rv or tents. Only issue is bathrooms and showers need up dating, while usable not in good shape, was told that they will to getting redone soon,when finished it will be a first class campground with hiking fishing and site seeing all around.
Range of camping available from non electric to sites with electric also cabins are available. 2 swimming, sand beachs on lake Ontario with diving area in the canal that leads to a pond that has excellant fishing. Canoes and paddle boats available. Many hiking trails are around the campground some that lead to secluded trails and secluded areas of other Lake Ontario beaches. Close to town of Fairhaven that has several dining options.
Bring your bikes, the swimming is great and the entire swimming/boating area just underwent a major renovation. You can rent kayaks and paddle boards and the park is well maintained and monitored by park police, very safe! Love, love, love it here!!
Stayed in May and August 2018. Absolutely beautiful and CLEAN campground. Shaded and full sun site options as well as rental units if you don't have an RV. Boating pond, fishing pond, playgrounds, cafe/ice cream store, nightly weekend entertainment at their playhouse, new waterpark and two pools, tennis courts, laundry facilities, huge store, firewood and a trolley in the park. There is also another trolly to the village of Lake George, Great Escape and the outlet center. Bike trails throughout with a connection to the local bike trails leading to Lake George and Glens Falls area. Best part- the 2 acre dog park with shaded seating for humans , bathrooms and a dog wash station.
Convenient to the highway with 24 hour shuttles to the casino 5 minutes away, yet quiet and beautifully maintained. Offers a pool, playground, hiking trail, fishing pond, paddleboat rentals, camp store, very clean bath houses throughout, maintained sites, fire rings at each site and organized in loops to offer wooded and full sun sites depending on what you are looking for. Visited at least once a year since 2016 with our most recent visit being June 2018. Hoping to visit again this season.
This park offers over 300 campsites with restrooms, hot showers, dumping stations and firewood for sale. The park is open all year round. Check for dates on openings for pool, campgrounds, and trails. Pets are allowed on the grounds but not on the trails
The trails follow a gorge with multiple waterfalls that weave in and out of small caves and falls. For all you wondering, swimming is not allowed in the gorge. Overall nice hiking. My only drawback is the dog rule and the campsites being so close to one another.
My family and I have stayed at Rollins Pond many times. As it isn't too far of a drive for us, it quickly became our go-to campgrounds for quite a while due to the mostly flat campground and who doesn't love hearing the slow trickle of water splashing close by? The site we have stayed at almost exclusively has amentities very close by which is always handy, but you do get quite a bit of traffic nearby as such. While I have really enjoyed Rollins Pond, I would caution going prior to June unless you are prepared for varying weather. I have been up there pitching the tent in a t-shirt one day only to need to throw on a jacket the next day due to rain and even snow. If you are prepared for that though, you'll have an amazing time.
Amazing place clean specious sites. Always something going on or you can sit back and relax. Staff helpful and always there if you need something. Grounds well kept. This is our go to!!
We booked a trip in January and made a $200 deposit for a trip in July 2019. We've been staying at many different campgrounds in their rental cabins or trailers for the past 20 years. This campground waited two months and then canceled our reservation stating that they decided to upgrade our cabin and will no longer be honoring the terms of our reservation. We have always taken our dog camping with us and even though this cabin was pet friendly when we booked, they decided to change it. They still allow dogs in some of their other cabins. I offered to give them phone numbers of 7 different campgrounds that we have taken our dog to their rentals. I practically begged them to allow us to keep our reservation as planned since I am short on cash due to the fact that I am undergoing treatment for colon cancer. They were very rude and simply responded by saying "sorry, no exceptions". It was very obvious that they wanted us out of that cabin so that they could re-book and hike the rate, which they did. This short 3-day weekend was the only vacation I was going to be able to give my family in 2019. Since they waited so long to cancel us, all the other places we've checked are full.
Best campground in the Finger Lakes area. Reserve early thru Reserve America! Lake access & beach area, playgrounds for kids, bicycling, close to area wineries, etc. Large sites, easy access. super clean bath houses, safe, no seasonals. This is a past military training base, large open spaces. Military museum on property. Cons: no water or sewer on sites; dump stations, water available at stations; bring your hoses & prepare to conserve.
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