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Backbone Horse Campground

4 Reviews


National Forest

Green Mountain & Finger Lakes National Forests

Backbone Horse Campground is a small, semi-primitive campground designed for campers or picnickers with horses. Horse users only are allowed from Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day weekend. There is a pond available for watering livestock.

Fee Info

There is no fee for camping but a free use permit must be completed upon entering the campground.

Reservation Info

The campground is open year round and sites are available on a first come first serve basis.

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  • Drive-In
    Park next to your site
  • Walk-In
    Park in a lot, walk to your site.
  • Boat-In
    Sites accessible by watercraft.

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Site Types

  • Tent Sites
  • RV Sites
  • Equestrian


For Campers

  • ADA Access
  • Trash
  • Picnic Table
  • Phone Service
  • Toilets
  • Alcohol
  • Pets
  • Fires

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4 Reviews

Ian A.
Reviewed Aug. 29, 2021

Quiet and peaceful

Perfect quiet spot to star gaze and listen to the wildlife. We had perfect weather and it was a spectacular night!

Sitesite #1
Month of VisitSeptember
Heather D.
Reviewed Aug. 5, 2019

We had the whole place to ourselves

This is a great little campground with fairly large sites. We were initially going to stay at Blueberry Patch however our tent was too large for the sites available. We see a posting that there were sites at Backbone that were for people with or without horses. More than half of the camp is…

Brenley R.
Reviewed May. 29, 2018

Central Primitive Spot

We originally came down to the National Forest to stay at the Blueberry Patch Campground but it was full by noon on the Friday before Memorial Day. This was also the first day it was open. We ended up having to come to this location. It was actually perfect for our small popup, but the horse riders…

Month of VisitJune
  • Site 10
  • Every site has a ring with grill


Backbone Horse Campground is located in New York

Detail location of campground


From the South: Take State Route 14 North (Exit 52 off State Route 17) to Watkins Glen, NY. In Watkins Glen, turn right at the Fourth St intersec-tion onto State Route 414 North. Go approxi-mately 9 miles north, past the Hector Ranger Sta-tion of the Finger Lakes National Forest. 0.5 miles past the Ranger Station, turn right on Schuyler County Route 2. Travel for 3.5 miles east. Back-bone Campground is on the left, opposite the in-tersection with Burnt Hill Road. From the North:  Take State Route 414 South to Hector, NY (Exit 41 off I-90). In Hector, 1 mile past the Dandy Mini Mart, turn left onto County Route 2, the second asphalt road on the left. Travel for 3.5 miles east. Backbone Campground is on the left, opposite the intersection with Burnt Hill Road.


42.51472209 N
76.78981127 W

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