Check out the best of New York camping and get ready to unroll that sleeping bag! New York has lots to offer for you to explore the natural surroundings. Below is the best place as campgrounds to camp this summer in New York State.
1. Watkins Glen State Park
Watkins Glen State Park is the most famous of the Finger Lakes State Parks, with a reputation for leaving visitors spellbound. It is located in the village of Watkins Glen, at the south end of Seneca Lake, in Schuyler County. You can enjoy fishing, picnicking, modern playground, hiking, camping, hunting, and swimming in our Olympic sized & kiddie pool. There are 19 waterfalls on the Gorge Trail.
2. Cranberry Lake Campground
This is nice to visit with, but due to fiscal issues, this year’s camping season at Cranberry Lake will be shortened. The campground will still open on May 16th. However, it will now close on October 13th with the last night to camp being October 12th. This is one of the largest remote areas in the state. Cranberry Lake State Park is located in the Adirondack Mountains, within Adirondack State Park. It is the best place to relax out and get a use of your trekking poles. You can do fishing, hiking, swimming and also camping.
3. Cherry Plain State Park
Cherry Plain State Park is nestled in the woods of the Taconic Valley. The park’s 175 acres are a quiet alternative to other parks in the region. It is opened to the public in 1962 and is located 19 miles southeast of Grafton and seven miles north of Stephentown, off NYS Route 22. The most popular summer activity here is biking, hiking, fishing, hunting and picnicking. When winter, visitors can cross-country ski.
4. Saranac Lake Island
The Lower Saranac Lake Islands provide miles and miles of boater recreation and direct access to four other lakes through a set of locks which allow your vessel to be raised or lowered to the right water level. The Village of Saranac Lake is split between three towns (Harrietstown, St. Armand, and North Elba) and two counties, Franklin, and Essex. The village lies within the boundaries of the Adirondack Park, about seven miles from Lake Placid. The park has excellent boating, hiking, fishing and picnicking.
5. Glimmerglass State Park
Glimmerglass State Park overlooks Otsego Lake, the “Glimmerglass” of James Fenimore Cooper’s Leatherstocking Tales. It is located eight miles outside the village of Cooperstown, on Otsego Lake. The rolling, partially-wooded terrain is host to a wide variety of wildlife. An uphill trail through the forest affords a view of Otsego Lake; the Beaver Pond and Woodland trails are picturesque and of interest for their variety of wildflowers, shrubs, ferns, and mosses. There are lots of park activities here like biking, hiking, fishing, and camping.
6. Letchworth State Park
Letchworth State Park, renowned as the “Grand Canyon of the East,” is one of the most scenically magnificent areas in the eastern U.S. It is located in the Genesee River gorge 35 miles south of Rochester, celebrated its centennial in 2006. Letchworth offers nature, history and performing arts programs, guided walks and tours, whitewater rafting, kayaking, hot air ballooning, and two pools for swimming. Winter exercises incorporate snow tubing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and horse-drawn sleigh rides.
7. North Pole Resorts
North Pole Resorts is a family-run camping resort in the Adirondack Mountains, located on the banks of the Ausable River and at the base of Whiteface Mountain. They offer a wide variety of accommodations from tent and RV sites to motel rooms and cottages. \
8. Willowemec Wild Forest Yurt
This beautiful yurt is located in the Catskill Forest Preserve of New York State, in a section of the preserve named the Willowemoc Wild Forest. Yurt guests have access to approximately 11,000 acres of the forest as well as the 50 private acres of the Willowemoc Wild Forest which adjoin the parkland. It is very private and accessible only on foot from the parking area. It is about a 5-minute walk to the yurt from the parking area. Food is not provided, and guests must bring what they need.
9. Alger Island
Island is camping at its finest! Alger Island Campground is located on Fourth Lake, part of the Fulton Chain of Lakes. The campground combines proximity to local activities with island remoteness for a truly unique camping experience. Rowing boats and motor boats are allowed here. A hiking trail winds around the island, and miles of state-maintained trails are nearby.
10. Woodland Valley
Woodland Valley is nestled in at the end of a valley. Nestled at the foot of Slide Mountain, the tallest peak in the Catskills, and surrounded by Panther, Cornell, and Wittenberg Mountains is Woodland Valley Campground. This is so unforgettable. The park offers tent and trailer sites. It has a picnic area with tables and grills. It has a hot shower, too.