So far across our state, April’s weather has been all over the place in complete New York fashion. From sunny days worthy of flip flops to chilly days with snow showers, the one thing we can count on either way is that camping season is right around the corner! With most campgrounds opening next month, now is the perfect time to start mapping out which incredible sites you want to check out this year.
Time to leave your luxuries behind because these 10 amazing camping spots in New York are an absolute must see:
1. Kring Point State Park Campground, Redwood
One of our favorites, Kring Point's north shore faces the St. Lawrence River, while its south shore faces Goose Bay! With roughly half of the campsites being right on the waterfront, it doesn't get much better than this. With a beach on the St. Lawrence River and all sorts of water activities, this campground is a great way to enjoy the northern areas of our state.
2. Hither Hills State Park Campground, Montauk
Does it get any better than this? With more than 160 campsites and 2 miles of ocean beach right at your fingertips, it's hard to deny the appeal of this Long Island treasure!
3. Rollins Pond Campground, Saranac Lake
After the neighboring campground of Fish Creek Pond became widely popular, this campground was created in the 1950's to help alleviate some of the high demand! With 287 campsites along the eastern shore of Rollins Pond, you'll easily fall in love with this amazingly scenic area.
4. Glimmerglass State Park Campground, Cooperstown
Overlooking Otsego Lake under 10 miles away from the village of Cooperstown, you'll find this woodland getaway waiting for you. All sites are equipped with fire pits, grills, and picnic tables and there's a swimming area in the park with your name written all over it!
5. Watkins Glen State Park Campground, Watkins Glen
One of the most highly favored state parks in the Finger Lakes region, Watkins Glen State Park offers over 300 campsites! Located on the south end of Seneca Lake, this park will give you an unforgettable stay. With 19 waterfalls that you can experience over a 2-mile stretch of the park, amongst all your other expected camping amenities, you'll easily enjoy this place.
6. Moose River Plains, Inlet
Keep your pockets shut for this one, this camping experience is completely free! With roughly 140 campsites located off Route 28 along 6th and 7th Lakes, you'll really get to soak in this wonderful remote area of the Adirondacks. With no price to pay, campsites are all first come, first serve and almost all but a few of the older sites have their own picnic tables.
7. Cranberry Lake State Campground, Cranberry Lake
One of the Adirondack's largest remote lakes, here you'll find over 170 campsites that are surrounded by trees giving you tons of privacy! Plenty of marked trails to hike, gorgeous ponds to explore, and fishing to be done, will all keep you busy during your stay here.
8. North-South Lake Campground, Haines Falls
One of the Catskill's biggest campgrounds, here you'll find several lakes within the campground and plenty of nearby mountains to hike. With Kaaterskill Falls also closeby and over 200 tent and trailer sites, this place is the perfect area to visit if you're looking to explore the Catskill Mountains!
9. Wildwood State Park Campground, Wading River
Another one of our favorite places, Wildwood State Park is an absolute must see! With more than 600 acres of undeveloped forest overlooking the Long Island Sound, this campground will give you the vacation of a lifetime. Featuring over 10 miles of marked hiking trails, 2 miles of gorgeous beach and even weekly movie showings during July and August, you'll want to book your trip here ASAP!
10. Letchworth State Park Campground, Castile
Known by many as the
Grand Canyon of the East, visiting Letchworth State Park is like stepping into your favorite dream. Besides enjoying one of the cabins or campsites, you can also explore 66 miles of hiking trails, whitewater rafting, three major waterfalls, and thrilling hot air balloon rides!
Do you have a favorite campground getaway you love to escape to every year? Share with us where you find peace among nature in our state!