Best Campgrounds in New York

This list represents the most popular campgrounds in New York. Use this list to plan your next New York campgrounds trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Allegany State Park: Cain Hollow (Quaker Area)


At 65,000 acres, Allegany State Park is the largest state park in New York. Considering that the park borders Pennsylvania’s Alle gheny National Forest, which covers more than 500,000 acres, this area…
From the guidebook "Best Tent Camping: New York State"
Salamanca, NY - Campgrounds
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#2. Taconic State Park: Copake Falls Area.


On the eastern edge of the Hudson Valley, hugging the borders of Massachusetts and Connecticut, Taconic State Park stretches for nearly 15 miles along a thin stretch of land in the Taconic Mountains,…
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Copake Falls, NY - Campgrounds
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#3. Mills-Norrie State Park


Ogden Mills and Ruth Livingston Mills Memorial State Park borders and shares a campground with Margaret Lewis Norrie State Park. The campground is technically located in Margaret Lewis Norrie, but und…
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Staatsburg, NY - Campgrounds
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#4. Sears Bellows County Park


When we told our friends that we would be spending some time camping on Long Island, we were met with blank stares. “Who on Long Island ever goes camping?” was a common question. Evidently, a lot of p…
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Hampton Bays, NY - Campgrounds
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#5. North–South Lake


The largest and most popular campground in the Catskills, North–South Lake hardly qualifies as an undiscovered gem. Its popularity, however, is well deserved and should not discourage the camper looki…
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Haines Falls, NY - Campgrounds
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#6. Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park


For the 88 miles it passes through New York State, the Appalachian Trail meanders over relatively flat, wooded terrain, never rising past 1,500 feet. For some, it is one of the least memorable section…
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Carmel, NY - Campgrounds
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#7. Green Lakes State Park


The first thing that surprises first-time visitors to Green Lakes State Park is the fact that its name is neither an exaggeration nor a quaint evocation of the surrounding wilderness, but an accurate…
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Fayetteville, NY - Campgrounds
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#8. Peekamoose


At the southern end of the Catskills, in the Sundown Wild Forest, lies the Peekamoose Valley, where three 2,000-foot peaks— Samson, Van Wyck, and Peekamoose Mountains— funnel water into Rondout Creek…
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Denning, NY - Campgrounds
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#9. Whetstone Gulf State Park


Whetstone Gulf is located between two of New York’s greatest natural resources, the Tug Hill plateau and the Adirondacks. Whereas the Iroquois referred to the Adirondack region as the “Greater Wildern…
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Lowville, NY - Campgrounds
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#10. Watch Hill


New York State has no national parks. However, just off the coast of Long Island is Fire Island National Seashore (operated by the National Park Service), a string of small communities connected by mi…
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Patchogue, NY - Campgrounds
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#11. Wildwood State Park


When the sun comes out and tourists are heading to the Hamptons or Fire Island, it is easy to forget the North Fork of Long Island and its distinctive charms. At the western edge of the North Fork, ne…
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Wading River, NY - Campgrounds
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#12. Watkins Glen State Park


On the southern shores of Seneca Lake lies one of the most spectacular gorges in the Finger Lakes region. With its handcut tunnels, arched bridges, winding stone staircases, water-drilled pools, 19 pl…
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Watkins Glen, NY - Campgrounds
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#13. Fair Haven Beach State Park


As the most-recent glacier receded from New York about 10,000 years ago, it carved out the 7,340-square-mile basin that is now Lake Ontario. Another product of the receding glacier was drumlins—long,…
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Fair Haven, NY - Campgrounds
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#14. Stony Brook State Park


The Finger Lakes region was shaped by multiple periods of glaciation during the Ice Age. Indeed, the entire state of New York, except in the region of Allegany State Park, bears the scars and deposits…
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Dansville, NY - Campgrounds
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#15. Letchworth State Park


The majestic canyon here has been cut by the Genesee River over millennia as it runs north from Pennsylvania to Lake Ontario. Throughout the park, dramatic views of the sheer sandstone and shale walls…
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Castile, NY - Campgrounds
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#16. Eighth Lake


When visitors come to the Adirondacks, they are usually impressed with the sheer number of rugged hiking trails that crisscross the wilderness. One of the other ways to explore this vast wilderness—wh…
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Inlet, NY - Campgrounds
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#17. Cranberry Lake


The Adirondacks’ rugged terrain and dense woodlands made most of the area inhospitable for American Indians as well as for early settlers. The region served mostly as a battleground during colonizatio…
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Cranberry Lake, NY - Campgrounds
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#18. Little Pond


Traditional Dutch ghost stories often tell of the Devil’s presence in Stony Clove, a pass through the Devil’s Path Range. Today, Stony Clove is better known as New York State Route 214, connecting the…
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Andes, NY - Campgrounds
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#19. Wellesley Island State Park


The Thousand Islands region is a boater’s haven where you can find excellent fishing and unlimited cruising opportunities. Numerous parks and public launches in the region give access to beautiful wat…
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Fineview, NY - Campgrounds
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#20. Buck Pond


More than 20 miles north of Lake Placid and less than 50 miles south of Quebec, Buck Pond is a truly remote campground and one of our favorites in the Adirondacks. Visitors to the region, including ma…
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Onchiota, NY - Campgrounds
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