Camping in New York

Whether you prefer a beach, forest, or mountain getaway—NY state has it all.

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The Mountain Top @Wright's Farm

5 sites · RVs, Tents450 acres · Gardiner , Ulster
It all started when grandfather Charles B Wright first establish this farm in 1904. He purchased it for its natural springs. In our barn (now home to Gardiner Brewing Company) he had gravity fed water troughs for his cattle. Since then we have slowly switched from animals to tree fruit. You will enjoy rolling hills of fruit trees and fruit gardens along with beautiful views of the Shawangunk Mountain Ridge. We have 450+ acres so it in very private. As we are a working farm, you can see us driving pass with our tractors or maintaining the orchard around your campsite on occasion. You are welcome to ride your bikes, hike or jog where you will pass ponds and a working farm landscape. Please don’t pick our fruit. If you would like to enjoy the fruits of our labor please visit our farm store open year round on the premises where we sell cheeses, our fresh picked fruit and veggies, local meats, and our famous cider donuts along with other farm products. We also have a farm brewery open 3-7 in our old dairy barn for you to enjoy. Live music Saturdays and Sundays. Minnewaska State Park and Mohonk Reserve are only 10 minutes away. The rail trail is three minutes away. This trail gives you walking and biking access into New Paltz, where there is tons of restaurants and lots of shopping. Please be aware that during the months of September and October there may be a Pick-Your-Own customer or two walking around picking apples around the campsite area between the hours of 10:00-6:00. You are also welcome to come down to the farm market and purchase bags to pick your own apples in season.
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Bare Camping

3 sites · Tents1 acre · Stony Point, Rockland
Property was bought just as another project. However, after realizing the beautiful surroundings it only made sense to share it with others.
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Glamping Tent Overlooking Waterfall

3 sites · Lodging12 acres · Downsville, Delaware
Learn more about this land: Stay in our cozy 8’x10 ‘ wall tent on a 14’x16’ deck built next to a waterfall. The site includes include a private outdoor shower and a well serviced outhouse per site. Relax in front of the fire pit and grill that overlooks the falls. You will have plenty of privacy, surrounded by woods, access to lush forest, and modern amenities such as: WiFiprovided by Starlink, queen bed, propane tent heater to keep you warm in the cooler months, Brooklinen sheets. The property allows lots of beauty, peace, and serenity. Feel free to roam the 12 acres of woods, fields, waterfalls, and brooks. There are 3 historic waterfalls on the property. Within our small town, you can find all your essential needs met at the stores close by, as well as some great restaurants. Area surrounding the site as well as the areas not surrounding the main house, are accessible with caution. Access to the brook is at your own risk. Brook subject to flooding. Please note location of water rescue equipment at the site. Don’t forget the ice for the Yeti cooler!
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Skyline RV Camp

30 sites · RVs, Tents4 acres · New York, Kings
WE ARE OPEN Stellar Views and Fresh Waters - New York City has never looked better! The campground is located at (around) Skyline Drive In Movie theater, a unique drive-in cinema experience, at 1 Oak Street in trendy yet relaxed Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Our location is situated on the East River and boasts killer views of the Manhattan Skyline any time of day! The space is a massive open concrete surface lot on the East River. The lot is a private property and is monitored by the 24/7 security in the adjacent building. The subway is 4 blocks away (G Train, Greenpoint Ave stop) which will take you to the city in under 30 minutes. Greenpoint Ferry stop is a few blocks away which will take you to midtown Manhattan in no time! Please note, that you might benefit from using a trucker app called "Trucker Path" while getting here since in some areas of Brooklyn you can't drive an RV. ** Site #'s are not official, you are paying for the accommodation of a hookup or non hookup space, the on-site manager will give you an official site when you arrive**
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Nature's Nook

5 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents5 acres · Waterford, Rensselaer
Learn more about this land: Nature's Nook is located at the very end of a mile long dirt road that winds along the river, perfect for nature walks. Come enjoy the beauty and privacy of Nature's Nook. We are centrally located just south of the Adirondacks and north of the Catskills, about a 45 minute drive will get you to either mountain range. The campsites are backed by woods, and there are 5 islands directly in front of the property with wildflowers galore, Bald Eagles nests, beaver huts, and more making it a kayaker's dream. We have 4 different sites to choose from. 1 Tent site, 2 tent/RV sites, and 1 glamping stay. Please scroll down to see all of our offerings. Each site offers a firepit and picnic table. Relax on the dock and enjoy some of the best sunsets the river has to offer. There are two bikes and two kayaks available to use for free. They are shared between the campsites or bring your own.  Please follow or share your photos from the campsite on Hipcamp or Instagram now! @Naturesnookcamp Campfires are permitted. Portable toilet available for campers to use. Pets welcome!
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Upper Shire Campsites at RJ Ranch

5 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents22 acres · Hillsdale, Columbia
The Upper Shire at Roe Jan Ranch is a gorgeous hill with a small pond on 22 acres in Columbia County near the border of Massachusetts and New York. There are currently 5 unique camping areas located here. Each one is special due to its location on the hill. Check out our map and enjoy our spacious campsites.
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Tilden Hill Farm

14 sites · RVs, Tents155 acres · Vernon, Oneida
Relax at Tilden Hill Farm its a 155 acre farm raising Black Angus Cattle it has been in the Brewer family for seven generations. Founded in 1798 by Josiah Brewer, the farm has served as a grist mill, chicken farm, cheese factory. We offer several types of site selection for your comfort. Choose from our private tent camping to relaxing RV sites. Our tent sites are quiet and scenic, just a quick walk down to the pond. Some of our sites you can park next to, but a few you will have to walk ~100 yards with your belongings. Tent sites have a porta-john and homemade outdoor shower for your enjoyment! Our RV sites have full hookups: water, electric and also a dump station.Once settled in, take a meandering walk through our 4 miles of walking trails or find your way down to our pond. Water activities are plentiful: fishing for bass, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, we accommodate it all!We look forward to seeing you at Tilden Hill Farm where you can "Experience a Family Tradition"
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Hudson Valley River Camp

8 sites · RVs, Tents80 acres · Watchtower, Ulster
You've discovered secluded riverfront camping that feels like the middle of nowhere without actually being in the middle of nowhere. Our property offers minimal impact campsites on a bird sanctuary in southeastern Catskills/northwestern Hudson Valley that's less than two hours from New York City. Your camping fee helps protect this beautiful property from development. We're 15 minutes to Minnewaska State Park and Mohonk Preserve, 20 minutes to Sam's Point and New Paltz and 12 minutes to Angry Orchard. There's no wi-fi but we have great cell service. The most unique aspect of this property is that it offers easy access to seclusion and privacy. Enjoy the healing effect of quiet in nature without crowds of fellow campers. Hudson Valley River Camp is located on the unique 80-acre Boria Sax Bird Sanctuary just outside of Pine Bush, New York. With only four minimal-impact campsites along the Shawangunk Kill and Dwaar Kill, our goal is for you to escape civilization and pause to enjoy the song of birds, gurgling creeks and wind in the trees. We also offer one wooded car camping/RV style site. Each campsite (except the RV site) is within view of the water and includes a stone fire ring. Along with local firewood from downed trees, split firewood bundles are available at minimal cost. The Wooded RV site has access to water and all hiking trails. The hike to all of the other campsite from the parking area varies depending on which site you choose. We highly recommend simple backpacking. This makes the hike in much more enjoyable and you'll find you need less than you think. A shared trail crosses the smaller Dwaar Kill via a basic bridge or by wading the shallow water. From there you will access your campsite via a private trail. The Shawangunk Kill, a protected tributary of the Wallkill River, is unusually clean and supports a variety of wildlife The entire property is ideal for naturalists or bird watchers who appreciate the earth and share the goal of keeping it pristine for future generations to enjoy. Wildlife found on the property includes white-tailed deer, red foxes, muskrats and mink. Bald eagles nest within view of the property and use the river as a thoroughfare. Depending on the time of year, you could also see bluebirds, downy woodpeckers, cardinals, chickadees, wrens, nuthatches, red-tailed hawks, and merganser ducks. Wood ducks and pileated woodpeckers compete for nesting holes in the American Sycamore trees near the confluence of the two rivers. You're likely not going to run into other people except for a few fellow campers and birdwatchers on the shared trail. You will feel like it is just you and the trees. No motorized vehicles or bicycles are allowed. To keep this land pristine, we strictly abide by the "carry in, carry out" rule. We provide a portable toilet at each campsite with a new biodegradable bag that you take with you when you leave. We also ask that no ax, hatchet, or saw of any kind be used to chop or damage trees. However, small dry sticks can be used to start a fire.
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The Outlier Inn

13 sites · Lodging12 acres · Woodridge, Sullivan
The Outlier Inn is a bucolic 12-acre farm in New York state’s southern Catskill mountains, 90 miles from NYC. The Inn offers a peaceful and inspiring respite from life in the Big City. We have sheep, goats, alpacas, and chickens which are accessible to guests!Come stay in our unique accommodations ranging from Domes to Tiny Houses and cottages, we have it all! On site bathrooms available to guests including bathrooms and showers. Bring your pets and your firewood for this fun camping experience. 
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Off-Grid Catskills

4 sites · Lodging7 acres · Rockland, Sullivan
a largely off-the-grid, truly unique, 420-friendly cabin and YURT in beautiful Livingston Manor. A ‘tiny house’ with every conceivable amenity—full kitchen, hot shower, indoor toilet, woodstove, spacious living room, enormous sleeping loft, speakers for your music, excellent wi-fi—thoughtfully arranged to maximize space and ease of use. The house is at the end of a shale road on a blueberry orchard. Guests are invited to pick all the fruit they like. The hillside’s high elevation provides an oasis of cooler temperatures during every summer heat wave. The panoramic view of the Catskills from the front porch has to be seen to be appreciated. across the property, smack in the middle of the blueberry bushes, is the latest addition to our eco-getaway: a YURT. It’s a slightly larger tiny house, albeit a round one with walls of cloth instead of wood. Like the cabin, the YURT has a full kitchen, hot shower, indoor toilet, woodstove, etc. If glamping is your thing, come and spend a night or two under the stars while sleeping indoors. while the setting is delightfully off the beaten path, it’s also a short drive to the cafés, breweries, and eateries in the charming hamlet of Livingston Manor. World class hiking, swimming, camping, and fishing is even closer. (Camping and hiking gear provided.) perhaps most importantly, our place offers more than a getaway. Guests learn how hygienic a composting toilet is, how easily a spring provides water for one’s home, the joys of heating with wood, etc. A few days on the blueberry patch is both a rewarding glimpse of the sustainable life and an invaluable education in how comfortable a small house can be. If you’re considering procuring your own, spending time in one of ours will help you decide if such a home is right for you.
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Gunx Camping On A Horse Farm!

10 sites · RVs, Tents150 acres · Kerhonkson, Ulster
We love having chill rock climbers, hikers and families on our farm/wedding venue.  It's not a campground!  It's just a super cool place to have some privacy and a camp fire and be really close to the best hiking and climbing, and swimming holes and farmers markets and road biking around.Horse farm / Wedding venue super close to Gunx, Minnewaska State Park, Mohonk Preserve, Lipman Park (Mt biking) Great for rock climbers, families, hikers, horse folks.Sites are private with fire pits. It is $25/ person per night!Strict cancellation policy so if not sure, just book for 1 person to guaranty a space and settle up upon arrival when you know your actual plans and numbers ?So, we do weddings on some summer /fall weekends.   You camp in a totally different part of the property and are no where near the wedding activity at all.  Occasionally, the music is audible.  We do our best to let the wedding folks have their fun without irritating neighbors and campers, but feel free to check in with us before booking.
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The Dominion House B&B, Farm

4 sites · RVs, Tents40 acres · Washingtonville, Orange
This Bed and Breakfast farm offers two sites convenient from Interstate 84, the NYS Thruway Interstate 87, and Route 17/Interstate 86. Site 1 is a leveled stone pad easily accessible off the paved driveway, in front of two rustic barns where campers enjoy 30 amp electric service and a picnic table. Sites 2, 3 and 4 are in a private field (w/o service) each including a picnic table and fire ring. There are 40 acres of walking trails, and miles of adjacent rail trails for hiking/mountain biking from your site. Visit Brotherhood winery, breweries, Storm King Art Center, Lego Land, Woodbury Commons Premium Outlets, Resorts World Casino, and more.
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Camping in New York guide

New York state is made for outdoor adventures, whether you're hiking in the Finger Lakes, glamping amid Hudson Valley vineyards, or backcountry camping in the Adirondacks. Campers can take their pick of 180 New York state parks, 22 national park sites, and a national forest, almost all of which provide RV sites and tent camping—some also have cabin rentals and glamping options. June through August is peak camping season in Upstate New York, and camping reservations are essential through fall, too. November through March is ski season, and many RV parks and cabins stay open year-round.

Where to Go

New York City & Long Island

When the temperatures rise in summer, New York campers make a beeline for the sandy shores of Long Island. Beach camping experiences abound on the island, both along the Atlantic Coast and the North Shore. Check into one of the coastal RV parks, camp at one of the many country parks, or head to the beachside campgrounds at Hither Hills State Park or Wildwood State Park.

Hudson Valley & the Catskills

Vineyards and heritage towns dot the banks of the Hudson River, north of NYC, stretching all the way up to the Catskills Mountains. There’s lakeside camping within an hour’s drive of the city at Harriman State Park, kayak-in tent sites at Hudson River Islands State Park, and a popular campground at Bear Mountain State Park. For keen hikers, some of the best camping and glamping is found in the vast Catskill Forest Preserve.

Saratoga & Adirondacks

To escape the crowds and explore the wilderness, continue north into the Adirondacks, where the soaring mountains and wild woodlands stretch across more than 6 million acres. Epic hikes, fall foliage views, and idyllic lakes await campers, whether you prefer a hike-in tent site or a cozy log cabin in the woods. Don’t fancy hiking? Try whitewater rafting along the Ausable River, go canoeing between the three Saranac Lakes, or enjoy boating on Lake George.

Central New York & the Finger Lakes

For tranquil lakeside camping, the Finger Lakes get our vote. Regional highlights include the Gorge Trail at Watkins Glen State Park, the beaches and waterfalls of Buttermilk Falls State Park, and the "Grand Canyon of the East" at Letchworth State Park, but you can also fill your camping trip with wine tasting, farm-to-table restaurants, and lake activities.

Western New York

More than 65,000 acres of mountains, forest, and lakes make up the vast Allegany State Park, where you can choose from four state campgrounds or book one of the many cabins. Further north, there’s beachside camping along the shores of Lake Ontario, while Four Mile Creek State Park is one of three western New York state parks to offer yurt rentals. An added bonus? It’s within a 15-minute drive of Niagara Falls.

Frequently Asked Questions

In New York, you can find free camping opportunities in various state forests and wilderness areas. Some popular locations include the Adirondack Forest Preserve and the Catskill Forest Preserve. These areas offer primitive, dispersed camping with no facilities, so you'll need to come prepared and follow Leave No Trace principles. Please note that some locations may require a permit for camping, so be sure to check the regulations before heading out.

Boondocking, or dispersed camping, is legal in some areas of New York, particularly on public lands managed by the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the U.S. Forest Service. The Adirondack and Catskill Forest Preserves are popular destinations for boondocking, where you can camp for free at designated sites or at least 150 feet away from water, roads, and trails. Additionally, the Finger Lakes National Forest allows dispersed camping in specific areas. When boondocking, it's essential to follow the Leave No Trace principles and respect the environment.

For more options and information on boondocking in New York, consider visiting Hipcamp.

To go camping in New York, follow these steps:

  1. Choose your camping location: New York offers a wide variety of camping options, including state parks, national forests, and private campgrounds. Browse through the available options on Hipcamp or other camping websites to find the perfect spot for your trip.
  2. Make a reservation (if required): Some campgrounds require reservations, while others are first-come, first-served. Get in touch for specific reservation information. For state parks, you can make reservations through Reserve America.
  3. Prepare your camping gear: Gather all necessary camping equipment, such as a tent, sleeping bags, cooking gear, food, water, and appropriate clothing for the weather.
  4. Check the rules and regulations: Familiarize yourself with the specific campground's rules and regulations, including quiet hours, pet policies, and fire restrictions.
  5. Arrive at your campsite: Once you reach your camping destination, set up your tent and campsite according to the campground's guidelines.
  6. Practice Leave No Trace principles: Be respectful of the environment and other campers by following Leave No Trace principles, such as packing out all trash, minimizing campfire impact, and respecting wildlife.
  7. Enjoy your camping experience: Explore the surrounding area, participate in outdoor activities, and make lasting memories with friends and family.

Remember to always follow safety guidelines and be prepared for changing weather conditions. Happy camping!

Camping costs in New York vary depending on the type of campsite, amenities, and location. Prices can range from $15 per night for a basic tent site in a state park to over $200 per night for a glamping experience or cabin rental. For a variety of options, you can explore Hipcamp's New York camping listings. Keep in mind that public parks and campgrounds may have additional reservation fees or require permits. Always check with the specific campground for the most accurate pricing information.

Yes, camping is legal in New York. The state offers a variety of camping options, including state parks, state forests, national forests, and private campgrounds. You can find tent camping, RV camping, and cabin rentals in various locations across the state. Some popular areas for camping in New York include the Catskill Mountains, the Adirondack Mountains, and the Finger Lakes region. You can explore and book various camping options through Hipcamp.

Yes, you can camp in a New York State Park. New York offers a variety of camping opportunities in its state parks, including tent camping, RV camping, and cabin rentals. Some popular state parks for camping in New York include Letchworth State Park, Adirondack Park, Catskill Park, Allegany State Park, and Taughannock Falls State Park. Campsites and facilities vary by park, so it's essential to check specific park information and availability before planning your trip.

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