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.
Deep in the heart of the Adirondacks this campground is huge and great for families, couples and groups of friends alike. Every single campsite sits on the water so you don’t have to fight to get a water site. You can dock your boat right at your site and fish off the shore too. The yoo hoo calls at dusk are really fun and listening to the loons call is amazingly peaceful.
Camped here for years since I was a kid. It’s a beautiful area just down the road from a gorgeous mountain town. There tend to be a lot of bear sightings, so they make you keep your coolers and food inside your car/camper etc. just to be safe, but it’s also a solid party campground if your group likes to stay up a little later.
Full hookup camping loop is nice. Sites could be a little larger but it’s ok. Restrooms and showers could be cleaned a bit more. But I have a shower in my camper so it won’t hold me from camping there again. Lots of hiking and the beach is ok. Playgrounds are decent. Overall a nice place to camp and stores are 5-10 minutes away if you need anything.
BEST beach in CNY-sandbar goes on forever-campsites roomy and we’ll taken care of-bathrooms are meticulously cleaned-we always camp in the electric loop about 1/2 mile from the beach-sunsets are gorgeous from here as well-camp here 3-5 trips yearly
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
peaceful for such a largecampground. waterfront sites worth the dollars! bring your boats and SUP boards for lots of fun! staff is friendly and helpful. grounds are large and well maintained. hikers and water enthusiasts will live this place! lots to explore
We have made it an immediate family tradition to stay here for Thanksgiving.
This place is great for family camping. It has a nice variety of cabins along several loops.
Cabins range from rustic to downright homey.
The Red House Administration building is a great central location to meet up with other camping families.
Staff is super friendly & helpful.
These sites fill quickly and are often no vacancy so be sure to reserve ahead. Gorgeous sand beach, fishing, kayaking and everything you could need at the little store. Also a great place to use as a base camp for many of the Adirondack day hikes.
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!
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.
Unfortunately for me, Round Pond is camping reserved for active and retired military personnel only. We drove through and the whole space is rather large. There are several signs everywhere making it clear that it is only for military. The same is true for Lake Frederick another nearby campsite. Similar to Lake Frederick campsite, Round Pond had a beautiful lake that would be very ideal for a hot summer day. 2 Stars only because I was not able to camp here but the grounds looked nice!
Unfortunately for me, Lake Frederick is camping reserved for active and retired military personnel only. We drove through and the whole space is rather large. There are several signs everywhere making it clear that it is only for military. The same is true for Round Pond Recreation Area, another nearby campsite. The lake is quite beautiful and I wish I had the chance to camp here. 2 Stars only because I was not able to camp here but the grounds looked nice!
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/
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.
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.
If you prefer RV and cabin camping and don't mind being right next to your neighbor with no privacy, take a look at this campground. It's a great little family spot with a mini water park and activities. Visiting historic Saratoga? You're only about 30 minutes away. If you're skipping the race track, you can walk the strip which includes some high-end restaurants, a cigar shop, an upscale cinema, unique pubs and Starbucks (of course). Close to the town of Mechanicville, NY, you'll have easy access to a regular grocery store. If you're not from the capital region, do yourself a favor and visit Albany which is about 40 minutes away and eye candy for photographers. Speaking of photos, I'm looking for my files from this summer to provide photos from the campground. Before going to Albany, if this is not your home state, be sure of the directions beforehand. It can get a little tricky finding your way around. Again, this place is great if you don't care about lack of privacy. Contrary to the website, you really can't get much solitude here. Take advantage of Saratoga and Albany and retreat to the campground for a fairly nearby, safe place to stay.
This is a good stopping point, but there isn't much to do unless you bring a boat. Or you could use it as a base for exploring other areas in the Thousand Islands. It's only about 10 miles from Clayton.
We stayed here on a bicycle trip from Rochester to the Thousand Islands at the end of a 63 mile day. Don't let anyone tell you it's not a hilly trip coming up along Lake Ontario to the Thousand Islands! There will be hills! The good news is there are NY state parks along the way.
Burnham Point is a small (less than 50 sites) campground on the St. Lawrence River. It was a good stopping point after seeing the lighthouse in Cape Vincent on our way. There are sites by the river that are tent only but we pitched our tent up above. The tent sites were rather difficult to get to with our bikes. There wasn't much shade where we settled, but the sun was not intense as we arrived in the early evening and left the next morning. Unfortunately, I have no site photos and only have a photo of the sunset…but it's a beautiful view.
Restrooms/showers were clean, and there was electricity at the site. Unfortunately, the bugs were bad but that's just a summertime hazard in the Northeast.
Like all KOAs this one is very well manicured, there are a lot of activities for kids and a river runs through it so you can tube from one side of the campground to another. The campground is also right across the street from one of the Herkimer diamond mines, so it’s convenient if that is your intended purpose.
The campsite is a nice campground for easy access to the beach (Long Island sound) and if you want to go to the Long Island wineries. The proximity to those two things make it a popular destination for city folk who don’t understand the proper decorum for a campground. Music starts blasting early here.
This campground was extremely manicured. There is no eating at the campsite, they would prefer you cook and eat by the showers, the lights go off at a certain time. The road is asphalt and well maintained to to campsites. They place wood chips all around. The setting is beautiful, it just feels more like glamping.