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Backbone Horse Campground

3 Reviews

About This Campground

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.

Site Types

  • Tent Sites
  • RV Sites
  • Equestrian


For Campers

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


  • Drive In
    Park next to your campsite
  • Walk In
    Park in a lot, walk to your campsite
  • Boat In
    Boat to your campsite


3 Reviews of Backbone Horse Campground

Ratings Breakdown

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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…

  • Site 10
  • Every site has a ring with grill
Month of VisitJune
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2017

All year Finger Lakes camping with your horses

Large camp sites have room for all your horses and horse paraphernalia. Call Finger Lakes National Forest to make sure trails aren’t closed due to weather, spring melt, etc. You need a permit to camp here but the permit and site are free. You can camp without having horses but get ready to smell…


Backbone Horse Campground is located in New York


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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