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Best Tent Sites Near Watkins Glen, NY (14)

    Camper-submitted photo from Back-Achers Campsites
    Camper-submitted photo from Back-Achers Campsites
    Camper-submitted photo from Back-Achers Campsites

    1.

    Back-Achers Campsites

    4 Reviews
    3 Photos
    47 Saves
    Dresden, New York
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • Tents
    Camper-submitted photo from Gardner Hill Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Gardner Hill Campground

    2.

    Gardner Hill Campground

    1 Review
    2 Photos
    3 Saves
    Elmira, New York
    • Pets
    • Electric Hookups
    • Tents
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    • Market
    • Picnic Table
    Camper-submitted photo from Lawrence Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Lawrence Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Lawrence Recreation Area

    3.

    Lawrence Recreation Area

    2 Reviews
    3 Photos
    9 Saves
    Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania

    Overview

    Lawrence Recreation Area is a day-use facility on the south side of Cowanesque Lake. It is conveniently located on State Route 49 approximately 4 miles west of Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania. The area offers a great location for picnicking and shoreline fishing.

    Recreation

    Cowanesque Lake offers many outdoor activities including boating and fishing. A variety of native fish inhabits the area's streams and lakes. The North and South Tailrace areas provide access for fishing below the dam. The fields and forests around the lake are popular destinations for hunters looking for large and small game species that inhabit the eastern hardwood forests. Many miles of hiking trails surround the lake, including the Mid State Trail, which links the trails at Cowanesque and nearby Hammond Lake into a long path that extends all the way through Pennsylvania from Maryland to New York.

    Facilities

    The Cayuga Shelter is reservable for group picnicking. It is fully accessible and comfortably accommodates groups of up to 100 people in a lovely lakeside setting.

    Natural Features

    Cowanesque Lake is situated in the Endless Mountains region of Pennsylvania, along the Allegheny Plateau in the Appalachian Mountains. The surrounding land paints a scenic picture of rolling terrain and open fields.

    • Pets
    • Electric Hookups
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Picnic Table

    $40 - $100 / night

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      4.

      Empire Haven Nudist Park

      1 Review
      6 Saves
      Moravia, New York
      • Pets
      • Fires
      • Electric Hookups
      • Phone Service
      • Reservable
      • Tents
      Camper-submitted photo from Holiday Hill Campground
      Camper-submitted photo from Holiday Hill Campground
      Camper-submitted photo from Holiday Hill Campground
      Camper-submitted photo from Holiday Hill Campground
      Camper-submitted photo from Holiday Hill Campground
      Camper-submitted photo from Holiday Hill Campground

      5.

      Holiday Hill Campground

      2 Reviews
      7 Photos
      7 Saves
      Dansville, New York
      • Pets
      • Fires
      • Electric Hookups
      • Tents
      • Picnic Table
      • WiFi
    • 6.

      Catbird Hill - Gateway to FLX

      2 Reviews
      10 Photos
      4 Saves
      Bloomfield, New York

      Relax into the privacy, safety, quiet, and stunning views at Catbird Hollow, our 12-acre slice of heaven. We are poised on a hill overlooking almost nothing but fields and Bristol Mountain Resort in the distance. This is big sky country, where you can enjoy sublime sunrises, striking sunsets, and millions of blinking stars. If the weather is just right, you'll enjoy stunning views of morning fog rolling into the valley. You'll walk through flowering meadows, mature trees, and a short wooded trail.

      With few exceptions, you will enjoy supreme quiet all year long. If you like birds, you’ll find up to 122 species through the seasons (including a great selection of grassland birds). You may hear owls hooting at dusk, coyotes yapping at sundown, and the 'hmph' of a deer crossing the path. This place has healed us, and we hope it heals you, too.

      YOUR CAMPSITE:

      Upon arrival, you can choose your preferred campsite. You can pop a tent in the back meadow and enjoy quiet views of a distant horse farm, perch on the bluff and take in the nearby farm, or snuggle up next to the pond. A private seating area is available in the old barn foundation. You can grill on our small charcoal grill or build a toasty bonfire. Flat driveway for vehicles. Park in our driveway and walk a few hundred yards to campsite.

      THINGS TO DO

      FINGER LAKES: Just minutes from Canandaigua/Honeoye Lakes. Enjoy the regions finest breweries and wineries, skiing, hiking, parks, fishing, reserves, waterfalls, restaurants, antique shops, a track and casino, etc. https://www.fingerlakes.com/

      ROCHESTER has museums, theatre, music, and great parks. Feel free to ask us for ideas.

      RESTRICTIONS

      No Pets. Sorry, no facilities. We allow one campsite rental per night. Owner on site, mostly out of the way, especially on weekdays. We have two dogs who are friendly to humans (not other pets).

      ECLIPSE APRIL 8 2024

      Rochester is directly in the path of the eclipse! For the Eclipse, we will allow multiple (up to 6) tent sites because it's going to be one big party!

      • Fires
      • Phone Service
      • Reservable
      • Tents
      • Trash
      • Picnic Table

      $50 / night

    • 7.

      The PineApple Farm

      2 Reviews
      12 Photos
      Newark, New York

      Reconnect with nature at this unforgettable escape. Unwind on our woodland trails adjacent to the Erie Canal trail. Try Camping Off grid with solar power and a 55 gallon water supply! To make your stay even more memorable we have an outhouse and a COLD solar shower. There are USB ports inside for charging your phone. The bedroom is 10x10 and fully enclosed with a small solar fan, lights and a few good books. For cooking: there is a fire pit also used for sunsets & stargazing!

      This is CAMPING, completely “Off-grid” located in the woodland but close to the main house. It is cooled by the breezes and/or a small fan when needed on hot nights.

      The living area is on the outdoor deck. A long bench in the “living room” and a great table for dining. The bedroom is a 10x10 space that is fully enclosed with windows that open on 3 sides for fresh air. The outhouse (a modern one - hole). and shower are “out back)

      There is a smoking area in the field next to the fire pit. It is the ONLY place smoking is allowed.

      There are over 20 acres of woodland in a DEC crop tree management program, the property connects to the Erie Canal hiking/biking trail that runs between Buffalo and Albany or in a more local sense, between Palmyra and Newark, NY

      This is camping. You may see and hear deer, turkey, skunk, raccoons, birds, insects, reptiles and other “wild things” both day and night

      Solar fan, lights and USB port is available for charging

      There is a fire pit/grill and firewood is supplied, you can get eggs from our free range chickens and there is a campfire coffee pot if you are ready to cook over the campfire!

      There is a Coleman cooler available for your ice and cold foods.

      • Pets
      • Fires
      • Reservable
      • Tents
      • Glamping
      • Trash

      $109 - $150 / night

    • 8.

      Camp Earth Connection

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      2 Saves
      Harford, New York

      Camp Earth Connection (CEC), a small woodland campground, located on a beautiful parcel of land with 62 acres of forests and fields surrounded by the Hammond Hill State Forest. The camp is adjacent to the Hammond Hill State Forest, with 20 miles of trails for hiking, biking, and cross country skiing. CEC is so more than just a campground. CEC offer’s a place that people can experience real connections with nature and each other. Some find the that connection during walks in the woods, or sitting by our wildlife pond. While others find it with family, friends or new friends from the CEC community via campfire chats, trail walks, camp workshops or an outdoor ping pong game. CEC is also place where some find emotional and physical healing in this relaxing atmosphere.

      Camp Earth Connection includes 18 camp/cabin sites, plus adjacent to the camp, in Eshay's Forest, there are 3 additional cabins/cottages with full amenities. These include: The Tiny House Retreat Cabin, Forest Moon Cottage and the Mountain Queen Cabin. Each site is unique and offers different levels of privacy and solitude. Guests can choose to have some peaceful alone time or be more engaged in our small community during our community campfires, campfire pancake breakfasts or workshops. When you book a cabin or campsite at CEC, you have the opportunity to camp at your comfort level (or challenge yourself with less amenities) and experience nature in the raw.

      Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, Camp Earth Connection offers a variety of activities and workshops such as:

      • Saturday morning Campfire Pancake Breakfast.
      • Saturday evening Community Campfire.
      • Thursday evening, Earth Movie night, (movies about the Earth and Sustainable living) followed by a campfire discussion.
      • A variety of workshops are offered periodically led by Eshay and CEC staff and interns including: Making Fire in Nature; Eshay's Tree Walk (meet some of Eshay's favorite trees); Animal Tracks and Signs - trail walk, and more.
      • All workshops and activities are free but donations are welcomed.

      Camp Earth Connection offers individuals and families a chance to connect with each other and nature in a peaceful beautiful setting. Alcohol and drugs are prohibited to ensure this peaceful atmosphere and to allow folks to find serenity through our natural environment.

      At CEC we are environmentally conscientious and do our best to preserve the natural surroundings and natural resources. We incorporate composting and recycling into our daily routine. We understand the importance of reducing the amount of resources we use, and re-using and re-generating whenever possible.

      Camp Earth Connection values: Diversity, Acceptance and Community and welcomes diverse families and friends including the BIPOC and LGBTQ community. Camp Earth Connection welcomes and values people from diverse backgrounds and cultures. We do our best to make sure our guests feel safe, cared for and respected. We of course expect the same in return.

      I hope you check out Camp Earth Connection, I don't believe you will be disappointed!

      • Pets
      • Fires
      • Reservable
      • Tents
      • Group
      • Cabins

      $35 - $85 / night

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        9.

        Riverside Acres Campground

        2 Reviews
        18 Saves
        Towanda, Pennsylvania
        • Pets
        • Fires
        • Electric Hookups
        • Phone Service
        • Reservable
        • Tents

        $22 - $35 / night

        Camper-submitted photo from South Shore Recreation Area

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        South Shore Recreation Area

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        Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania

        Overview

        South Shore Recreation Area is located on the south side of the Cowanesque Lake along State Route 49, just five miles west of Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania. The area is easily accessible from Route 15 and offers a great location for boating, picnicking and fishing.

        Recreation

        Cowanesque Lake offers a variety of outdoor activities including boating and fishing. A variety of native fish inhabits the area's streams and lakes. The North and South Tailrace areas provide access for fishing below the dam. The fields and forests around the lake are popular destinations for hunters looking for large and small game species that inhabit the eastern hardwood forests. Many miles of hiking trails circle the lake, including the Mid State Trail, which travels through the recreation area. It links the trails at Cowanesque and nearby Hammond Lake into a long path that extends all the way through Pennsylvania from Maryland to New York.

        Facilities

        The recreation area offers three group shelters. The Iroquois and Oneida Shelters have electric and water hookups; the Mohawk Shelter has water hookups only. All three sites are fully accessible and comfortably accommodate groups of up to 100 people in a lovely lakeside setting.

        Natural Features

        Cowanesque Lake is situated in the Endless Mountains region of Pennsylvania, along the Allegheny Plateau in the Appalachian Mountains. The surrounding land paints a scenic picture of rolling terrain and open fields.

        • Pets
        • Electric Hookups
        • Tents
        • Group
        • Picnic Table

        $40 - $100 / night

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