THE BEST CAMPING IN
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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.

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Great site

What does blueberry patch campground offer? Large camp sites with a picnic table large enough for 6 adults (squeezed together), metal fire pit with grill, large tent footprint and space for 2-3 vehicles to park.

For you fellow hammock campers reading this don’t worry! Most of the sites are compatible for hammocks, some sites you may have to be more creative to make it work.

You can stay at this site for up to 14 days at $15pn (bring cash). There are two bathrooms on the site and bear proof dumpsters as well. There are many locals selling fire wood bundles for $5 each so no problems getting a fire going. Lastly for this part BRING WATER. There are no water sources near the site. There is a gas station about 15 minutes away on route 79 so make sure to fill up on water and snacks.

The site is great. Lots of amenities and individual sites. They aren’t too far away from each other so you don’t feel completely isolated but far enough away to allow some privacy. There are some trails nearby and are worth a hike.

Neil

Rustic camping in the foothills of the Adirondacks

Rustic camping with all the amenities awaits you at Devil Doc campsites. You will find three tent sites and a small cabin with loft on the property presently. There are plans to expand into another cabin for the bathhouse. A RV trailer is currently being used as the bathrooms as well as a common room for hanging out. Future expansion will see a group site near the upper pond get developed, and a leanto with a glass face. (!) firewood is also available on the premises.  Free to roam around the property, you will inevitably end up hanging around Rich up near his house. The patio is always alive with music, people, and chipmunks who horde peanuts. Basketball is always an option (Rich is a big fan), as well as chilling near the ponds and creeks. The local store is a short 3 mile ride away, if there is anything you forgot, or Rich doesn’t have. Rich could be the most hospitable host we’ve had so far. Music, libations, fire wood and coffee. All were offered and shared. We had a great time there, and will be back. 

The Devil Doc Campsite are just inside the Adirondack Park foothills. With close proximity to Northville and Gloversville, the world is never that far away. Or a good restaurant. The PeckHill state forest is close by for mountain biking. You can park at the trailhead on CR 101, or at Stump City brewing, to ride the trails. Lots of hiking and great fishing are found in the area, along with plenty of water sport opportunities.

My son and I had a great weekend there, and will surely be back. Soon!

Great views— hold onto your hat

My camping partner lost 3 hats here, the wild’ll blow ‘em right over the edge. Worth it. Went in mid-June and the weather was delightful. FRIENDLY and active wildlife near camp sites, store food properly. Went rafting, great scenery at lower part of canyon.

Great Campground

The sites are roomy. We had one that backed up to the creek, it was great to sit at the campfire and hear the water. So much to do, pool is awesome, the kids loved the playgrounds and mini golf and the hay ride. The owner and staff were super nice. We will definitely be going back at least once a year.

Decent weekend camping

Usually every site (I think $14 a night for green key members) has a decent fire pit / grill. Usually quiet, occasional deer. Be sure to lock food away as the raccoons are pretty invasive. The further camps are very far from facilities and the ones closer to the bathrooms are usually louder / taken up. Pretty cool little spot!

Spacious camp sites, clean facilities, unique hiking experience

Campground has spacious sites with alot of privacy.  The Gorge Trail is a must do, dont get discourage by the # of stairs, its not that bad.

Lot of geese poop

Good for the purpose it serves as the campground to an amisement park but not good as a stand alone campground.

Favorite campground in NY!!!

Me and my family go here at least twice a year. Its our favorite getaway spot. The campsites are nice and secluded but extremely spacious which is a very rare combination. The staff is extremely friendly and helpful. Great location within a short driving distance from Lake George.

Okay

The beach is the obvious appeal here, but not a whole lot of character overall. Basically a grass field with picnic tables and facilities. Facilities were clean and high quality.

Nice scenery

Great place to go for the day. enjoy a nature hike and have a relaxing day

Great place

Great place to camp or even go for the day. Beach is a nice place to go and relax. Also can walk the pier

One of my favorite NYS Parks

This park has three great hikes one along creek. Most people walk in creek some even swim but technically against the rules. Starting June 15th the park has a swimming area with life guards although the water is creek water and is normally cold. The campground is about a mile hike from the swimming area a a short drive. Typical state campsites some that can fit big rigs but no hook ups. During the week this campground is almost a ghost town and crazy busy during the weekends.

Great

One of my favorite places to camp. Very quiet. Owners are super nice. Everything is extremely clean. Cabins are amazing.

Love Cranberry lake

We love cranberry lake it’s so beautiful! camping right on the lake and listening to the waves as you fall asleep.

Shady and lots to do

So close to the swimming area and lots of hiking trails. Also within 10 minutes of the town. Beautiful area

Peaceful spacious campsites

You can hear the waterfall nearby from the campground. Beautiful area with a hiking trail to get to the lake or taughnock falls. One of my favorite areas

camp by the ocean, awesome

good management, common areas are very clean, nice showers cleaner than my gym in the city.

bring your own fire pit, there is no pit at the sites. very hard to find spot theu summer though mostly rv’s are occupying the whole campground for long term summer vacation.

lake kayak tent camping !

if you want a nice place you can combine all 4 items. Rollins pond is for you. some campgrounds are by the roadway but some are really just bu the water. i highly recommend number 201, ot is pretty much secluded from others and has areally nice natural docking spot to put your kayak or whatever easily next to your tent. this site is pretty large, i am sure you will like it. the restroom could be in better condition but all in all it is definitely a place i wouls go back again

Ranger Review: Van Rip Winkle Campground

Very easy to level and setup on #7. Full connections. Pay showers and laundry onsite. Loved having gated security. My husband went on a work trip (Albany airport isn’t too terribly far away) and left me alone for a few days and we left our rig to take the train (about 1 hr away in Poukeepsie) into the city for the weekend and we had no problems. Great launch pad to explore the area from. We don’t have kids, but they seemed to offer a lot of programming for them. We enjoyed taking long walks through the campground. Cell coverage was good for us to work (att & Verizon). Stayed 8 nights.

New owners

New owners- very strict. Horribly hospitality. Mainly seasonal and would need to be in the clique in order to feel comfortable.

Lovely campgrounds an hour north of NYC

Drive-in tent campgrounds. Adequate restroom facilities sprinkled amongst tent sites. Some campsites have raised platforms. All sites have picnic tables and fire ring with flip-top grill. If looking for privacy, back end of campgrounds (#’s 1, 13, 15, 21, 23, etc) provide adequate quietness, a bit hidden and tucked away from the rest. Very near many trailheads and the expansive Lake Welsh. Alcohol prohibited… Uploaded photo/vid from off-season 2019.

You get what you pay for!

This was absolutely a top notch park. Everything was pristine and we'll maintained. The campground was completely full and we had zero issues with amenities or unruly campers. Every facility was beautiful. We didn't even have to leave the park because there was always something to do. We rented a golf cart from an outside course which was SUPER expensive, so it would be nice if the campground offered their own rentals, but if that's our only complaint, we're happy campers. Our favorite part was the dog park. I've never seen anything like it and wish we had access to something like this everywhere. We we're on site 58 which backed up to the splash park. It was one of the largest sites we've ever stayed in. The sand/dirt was a bit of a nuisance but not a deal breaker. The water/electric was positioned perfectly that we could have gotten away with using 5 foot connections. The garbage cans on every site was a wonderful addition which they empty everyday for you. Love, love, loved it here. We will return!

Private and quit

A must do. Nice place to relax by the stream.

Excellent

Have been coming here for many years! It may not have changed much but still an awesome place to camp especially with kids! Bathrooms and showers are kept very clean in all circles and they have added a new up to date playground! Only draw back is all out of staters are charged $5 more each night to camp which I think is very unfair!

Good. Questionable clientele

Beautiful lake, good sized and well kept campgrounds. We went over memorial day, and the campers were extremely noisy until the early hours drinking. Not sure if representative of the experience, or just the weekend we were here, but would think twice.

Breath of Air

I have been visiting this NY State Park Campground since 2001 when I brought my then 4 year old son camping for the first time. I just love it there and feel quite safe throwing my tent up for the weekend by myself.  There's a different caliber of folks that come from all over Canada and the U.S. The Staff is incredible and always makes time and as for Fred the Manager, he's just wonderful and accommodating with family activities on Friday and Saturday nights (family friendly movies). Sometimes there would be special guests speakers to teach about the environmental concerns and animals. However, as of late, there has been issues with the Camp Store. The store is either not open, do not know when it's going to be open or have little to no supplies available (as of the end of camping season 2018). It is my understanding that a new company has taken over the store for the 2019 Season. I do hope so. My wish is that the store will be open regularly in early morning with more stock and activities for the families. The Park is family friendly with opportune area in which to visit classic attractions like Niagara Falls Gorge, Niagara Aquarium, Buffalo Zoo with it's many new exhibits, Fantasy Island and much more along the Niagara Scenic way. Give yourself a breath of fresh air and camp with the best that care!!

Hard to get

We ended up luckily getting a spot because a friend had cancelled the reservation. Must reserve early in the year for summer spots.

It gets very crowded and very little space between sites so be friendly a tour neighbors are 3-5 ft. Bathrooms are a bit outdated but have running hot water and are clean. No camp fires at site but your allowed to have a fire on the beach must follow guidelines. Beach is right over the dunes very clean beach.

There is also great restaurants in Montauk biking is nice to get around.

Overall good place if you have an RV as it’s really hot no tree coverage..

Great campground

I go here every year it's such a great campground

Good weekend

Pick this park has it was going to be my sons first trip camping. It’s a smaller park with a small hiking trail around the lake there is swimming at the lake with lifeguards, only down side was it had just one central bathroom for the whole campground having to wait for shower stalls was a little issue but very hot water even after waiting which was good and depending where your camp site is it’s a bit of a walk to it..

My favorite place in NY

Campground is big and staff are very friendly and helpful, I have stayed a various sites and they where all spacious slate floor so having something soft if sleep in a tent is recommended. The park offers plenty of hiking trails with great views, Overlook mountain hotel site, you can also hike to katterskills falls it’s a long hike but worth it when you get to the falls if not you can drive down and park at the trail head parking mid way down the road to get to the katterskill falls trail. Make sure to stop at the general store on the corner they have everything you need and souvenirs to bring home..