Head north of all the hustle and bustle associated with New York City and, much to the surprise of many, you’ll find some of the best camping spots on the East Coast. It’s true! While you might think that skyscrapers and Broadway shows are the main attractions to New York State, the camping crowd will beg to differ. Whether you’re anxious to see waterfalls, want to hike down miles of nature trails, or fly fish on a sparkling river, “Upstate” is where you can experience it.
- Watkins Glen State Park. This state park is perhaps the most famous of the Finger Lakes State Parks. Deep clear lakes, expansive gorges, rushing waterfalls, and fishing and boating opportunities abound in this region. Watkins Glen State Park in particular is a favorite of fishing enthusiasts who enjoy taking advantage of the excellent angling opportunities in nearby Catherine Creek, which is renowned for its annual spring run of rainbow trout. Reservations for campsites at Watkins Glen State Park may be booked 9 months in advance for a 2-night minimum stay.
- Cherry Plain State Park. Spanning 175 acres, Cherry Plain State Park is one of the best camping spots for the hiking and equestrian crowd. There are bridle paths, along with hiking, biking and nature trails. Although the camping areas are closed during the winter months, the park is still worth a stop if you enjoy cross-country skiing since the nature trails remain open for those who like to swoosh across the powdery snow. The park has 10 trailer sites, 10 lakeside tent sites, and 10 more remote “hike-in” tent sites for overnight camping.
- Letchworth State Park. Winning the 2015 USA TODAY Readers’ Choice Award for Best State Park in the United States, Letchworth State Park has certainly earned a place in this list of best camping spots in Upstate New York. This stunning “Grand Canyon of the East,” is one of the most breathtaking areas in the eastern U.S. The Genesee River roars through a gorge over three major waterfalls and is surrounded by lush forests. Letchworth State Park is also a hikers paradise since there are 66 miles of hiking trails to choose from. There are tent and trailer campsites available at Letchworth State Park as well as winterized cabins. Group camping facilities are also offered.
- Glimmerglass State Park. Overlooking Otsego Lake and set apart by its scenic rolling hills, Glimmerglass State Park plays host to a variety of wildlife. Deer, several species of birds, and fish can all be spotted on a trip to this popular Upstate New York location. Hikers usually take interest in the Beaver Pond and Woodland nature trails since both feature a variety of wildflowers, shrubs, ferns and mosses. All campsites have a picnic table, grill, and fire ring.
- Lake Placid KOA. Set in the Olympic region of Upstate New York, the Lake Placid KOA is situated in the midst of tall pines and white birches on the border of the Ausable River. The Lake Placid KOA is one of the best camping spots year round since anglers, hikers, skiers and snowshoers can take advantage of the Adirondack Mountain recreational opportunities that are offered throughout the seasons. During the summer season, there are a number of organized activities to keep the kids entertained including mini golf, hayrides, and movie nights. Campers can choose from big-rig RV sites, wooded tent sites, and cabins.
- Lake George RV Park. One of the best camping spots for families is Lake George RV Park due to the number of amenities that are offered. Whether it’s taking a dip in one of five heated swimming pools or hitting a ball over the net at one of seven tennis courts, RV campers of all ages and interests will find a favorite activity. Lake George RV Park has received the highest rating from the campground inspectors at Good Sam Travel Guide, and it’s easy to understand why once you pay this park a visit.
Now that you have six great Upstate New York camping spots to choose from, start planning your next getaway. If you want to buy or consign an RV before you take your next trip, Easy Escapes RV is here to help. Contact us today by calling (863) 450-4915 or by filling out our online contact form.
Photo of Letchworth State Park — Photo Credit: AFBorchert