5 Best Places To Camp In New York

There are many reasons to go camping in the great outdoors: it allows you to spend quality time with friends and family and unplug yourself from technology and escape the bustling noise of the city. If you’re from New York, you can easily do this by exploring your own backyard—

we’re talking about nothing else than the grand Central Park. And if you’re looking for other locations, there are certainly many other outdoor spots that you can visit.

Before reaching for your camera backpack, and other camping gear, check out these wonderful and massive camping sites just outside the city. From campgrounds to state parks, we’ve got you covered with this list.

Fort Wadsworth

Location: Staten Island

Accommodations: Seven campsites – each one has a fire ring, a grill, and a picnic table.

Amenities: On-site bathroom and shower facilities

Sights and activities: Since Fort Wadsworth is a former military base (and one of the oldest at that), you can walk through its underground tunnels and go up the tower for breathtaking, overlooking views. You can even visit the historical Mont Sec History House and its own visitor center to learn more about the base’s ecology and future. It also houses thousands of acres of wilderness and offers magnificent views of the New York Harbor.

Cranberry Lake Campground

Location: Northwest Adirondack Park

Accommodations: Over 170 campsites

Amenities: Hot showers; flush toilets; trailer dump station; recycling center; picnic area with fireplaces, tables, and grills; and a fishing pier, among others.

Sights and activities: Regarded as one of the best camping grounds in upstate New York, Cranberry Lake Campground offers visitors great hiking, rowing, and biking opportunities, as well as fishing in the pier and through marked trails and ponds. It’s also a secluded campground, which makes it perfect for when you want to get away from the hustle bustle of the city or if you want to avoid the usual tourist attractions.

Glimmerglass State Park

Location: County Highway 31, Cooperstown

Accommodations: 37 campsites with tent/trailer sites

Amenities: Dumping stations; nature trails; pavilions; accessible picnic tables; playgrounds; showers; accessible swimming beach

Sights and activities: Glimmerglass State Park is home to Otsego Lake, which is referred to as “Glimmerglass" in the Leatherstocking Tales series written by James Fenimore Cooper. You can even check it out from an uphill trail that goes through the forest. The park also has a rolling, partially-wooded terrain that teems with various wildlife, and the picturesque Beaver Pond and Woodland trails which is home to wildflowers, shrubs, ferns, and mosses.

Activities include biking, fishing, hiking, recreation programs, and even winter activities like tubing and cross-country skiing.

Watkins Glen State Park

Location: Finger Lakes

Accommodations: Over 300 campsites with tent/trailer sites

Amenities: Dumping stations; gift shop; accessible pavilions and picnic tables; playgrounds; playing fields; and accessible showers and swimming pools.

Sights and activities: This state park has 19 waterfalls over its 2-mile stretch, making it one of the most beautiful camping spots in the State of New York. Tons of activities await, as it boasts of having a world-famous car racing track and offers wine tasting, nearby boating, and the usual camping pastimes such as biking, fishing, and hunting.

Letchworth State Park

Location: Castile

Accommodations: Tent/trailer sites; group camping facilities; inns; conference centers (for professional and organizational retreats); winterized cabins

Amenities: Camper Assistance Program; dumping stations; gift shop; museum/visitors center; accessible pavilions and picnic areas; playgrounds; playing fields; and accessible showers and swimming pool, among others.

Sights and activities: The so-called “Grand Canyon of the East" offers you plenty of attractions, amenities, and activities for you to enjoy during your stay. For one, you can appreciate the beauty of the Genesee River, which runs through a 550-foot-tall gorge, and over three major waterfalls between cliffs, all while surrounded by lush forests. The park also has trails for hiking, horseback riding, biking, snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing. Enjoy Letchworth’s nature, history, performing arts and summer programs, guided walks, tours, watersports, hot air balloon rides, and seasonal winter activities.

Aside from getting away from the city, camping close to your home gives you a chance to learn more about where you live. So, why not try camping near New York? It’s not only a way to take a break from the concrete jungle, it also lets you appreciate the beauty of the great outdoors.

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