State Park campgrounds in New York.
High peak mountains, waterfalls, and lakeside beaches, all within day-trip distance of NYC.
Whether you prefer mountain hikes and backcountry camping in the Adirondacks, wine tasting and glamping in the Fingers Lakes, or lounging on a Long Island beach—New York’s 180 state park sites provide endless options for a weekend getaway or a cross-state road trip. Campers can take their pick of more than 8,500 campsites ranging from primitive tentRead more...
Whether you prefer mountain hikes and backcountry camping in the Adirondacks, wine tasting and glamping in the Fingers Lakes, or lounging on a Long Island beach—New York’s 180 state park sites provide endless options for a weekend getaway or a cross-state road trip. Campers can take their pick of more than 8,500 campsites ranging from primitive tent sites to fully-equipped RV sites, and although summer is peak season, many state campgrounds stay open year-round. Leaf-peepers will be enchanted by Upstate New York’s state parks through fall, while winter campers can rent a rustic cabin or a cozy cottage.
Where to Go
New York & Long Island
Many of NYC's state parks afford spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline, but if you're looking to camp, you'll need to head a little further out. Long Island's sandy shores are the place to be in the summer months—go camping near the beach at Wildwood State Park, rent a bayside cottage at Heckscher State Park, or check into the beachside campground at Hither Hills State Park.
Hudson Valley & the Catskills
North of NYC, the heritage towns and sloping vineyards of the Hudson River Valley give way to the wooded mountains of the Catskills, affording endless options for weekending New Yorkers. There's great hiking and camping in Bear Mountain State Park and Glimmerglass State Park, while Hudson River Islands State Park has kayak-in tent sites, and the huge Catskill State Park is a natural playground for hikers, leaf-peepers, and paddlers.
Central New York & the Finger Lakes
Lakeside hikes, dining, and wine tasting await in the idyllic Finger Lakes region, where you'll also find some of Upstate New York's most impressive natural landscapes. Soaring cliffs and waterfalls welcome hikers at Letchworth State Park, the "Grand Canyon of the East," after which you can explore Taughannock Falls State Park, relax on the beach at Buttermilk Falls State Park, and count the 19 waterfalls of Watkins Glen State Park.
Western New York
The headline act of western New York needs little introduction, and while there's no camping at Niagara Falls State Park, there are RV sites, tent sites, and yurts available at the Four Mile Creek State Park, within a 15-minute drive of the mighty falls. To the south, the vast landscapes of the Allegany State Park encompass more than 65,000 acres of mountains, forest, and lakes, with four campgrounds and more than 350 cabins.
Saratoga & the Adirondacks
The forests and mountains of the Adirondacks total more than 6 million acres, some 2.6 million acres of which are state park land. Exploring the Adirondacks is all about adventure, from epic fall foliage hikes to high peaks climbs, whitewater rafting to scenic canoe trips, remote log cabin rentals to true back-to-nature tent camping in the heart of the woods. To the south, summer campers make a beeline for Lake George and Saratoga Springs, and there are popular campgrounds at Moreau Lake State Park and Cherry Plain State Park.