Sampson State Park

Seneca County, New York

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Situated between the Seneca Army Depot and Seneca Lake, Sampson State Park has a sprawling tent and trailer area and a large marina that don’t stay quiet for long once the camping season begins. And Seneca Lake’s role as host of the National Lake Trout Derby means that many people come here with the intention of fishing for days on end. Inside the entrance, six loops of partially shaded campsites are spread out from north to south, each with a central comfort station. Loop Six borders the busy day-use area. Sites 59–61 as well as cabins C3 and C4 are handicapped accessible. At the southern end of the park, the 1.7-mile Lakeshore Trail runs along the waterfront, offering views. A drive north from Sampson toward Geneva will pass three members of the Seneca Lake Wine Trail: Zugibe Vineyards, Three Brothers Wineries and Estates, and Ventosa Vineyards. But if fermented grapes don’t appeal, there is a also a Finger Lakes Beer Trail and a Finger Lakes Cheese Trail that lead to numerous farms, creameries, brewpubs, and breweries across the region. A small military museum within the park contains exhibits on World War II and the Korean War and is open Wednesday through Sunday from late May until early October.

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"Situated between the Seneca Army Depot and Seneca Lake, Sampson State Park has a sprawling tent and trailer area and a large marina that don’t stay quiet for long once the camping season begins. And Seneca Lake’s role as host of the National Lake Trout Derby means that many people come here with the intention of fishing for days on end. Inside the entrance, six loops of partially shaded campsites are spread out from north to south, each with a central comfort station. Loop Six borders the busy day-use area. Sites 59–61 as well as cabins C3 and C4 are handicapped accessible. At the southern end of the park, the 1.7-mile Lakeshore Trail runs along the waterfront, offering views. A drive north from Sampson toward Geneva will pass three members of the Seneca Lake Wine Trail: Zugibe Vineyards, Three Brothers Wineries and Estates, and Ventosa Vineyards. But if fermented grapes don’t appeal, there is a also a Finger Lakes Beer Trail and a Finger Lakes Cheese Trail that lead to numerous farms, creameries, brewpubs, and breweries across the region. A small military museum within the park contains exhibits on World War II and the Korean War and is open Wednesday through Sunday from late May until early October."

Activity Type: Campgrounds
Nearby City: Seneca County
Season: April-October
Local Contacts: Sampson State Park

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Jun 2018