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Camping in NY State Parks
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With over 8500 campsites, there's something for everyone in New York's state parks! Sites range from primitive to prime. Tents, trailers and motorhomes can easily be accommodated. Most sites have a picnic table, fire pit or ring and nearby restrooms and many include amenities such as electric, water and sewer hook-up, and platforms.

View a list of state parks with campgrounds or make your reservations today!

Deciding where to camp? Our parks offer a remarkable diversity of natural settings including ocean-front beach sites on Long Island, views of the mighty Hudson River in the Taconic and Palisades regions; cascading waterfalls, deep gorges and amazing canyons in the Finger Lakes, Genesee and Niagara regions; lake-side views in the Central, Saratoga and Thousand Island regions, and vast wilderness in Allegany.

Looking for something to do during your stay? In addition to countless recreational activities including hiking, fishing and boating, our parks offer a full slate of fun family-friendly events throughout the camping season. For more information, visit our calendar of events.

During peak season some campsites are rented on a weekly basis. All sites at Hither Hills State Park and the beachfront sites at Southwick Beach State Park are subject to peak season rules. In general, Peak season runs from the fourth Friday in June to the last Sunday before Labor Day weekend. Reservations during this time are subject to a 7-night minimum stay for campsites. All other times are considered non-peak season and may require a 2 or 3-night stay.

Seasonal Camping

Seasonal sites are offered at Max V. Shaul in the Saratoga-Capital Region. Seasonal campers will need to make just one reservation for several weeks of camping. Imagine the convenience of leaving your trailer or RV on one site for the entire summer! Sites are discounted compared to the cost of a standard site. Reservations must be made directly with the parks.

Want to see more?

Take a look at our photo gallery to view photos of campsites and cabins/cottages at parks around the state.

Visit Things to Know for detailed information on camping rules, reservation policies and fees


"This was my husband's and I first camping trip. We fell in love with this campground. We WILL be back!" - Ashley H., Taughannock State Park

"You guys rock!" - Vincent P., Beaver Pond (Harriman State Park)

"The campground is always great. Watching the big ships go up and down the seaway is amazing." - Anonymous., Kring Point State Park

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