The RV parks and campgrounds in New York begin in The City and extend all the way north to Cornwall and all the way west to Niagara Falls. The Upstate area of the Empire State is vast and ecologically diverse: there are mountains, forests, rivers and lakes almost everywhere, and there are numerous spots to make camp in every region. Even folks in New York City have RV parks nearby, and State Parks and protected lands to explore just outside the five boroughs. Whether you’re interested in hunting, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, hiking, biking, horseback riding, boating, or just generally camping somewhere, there’s a place for you to do all of that in New York. You just need to know where to look.
Southern New York’s RV parks are just north of New York City and tend to cluster around the Hudson River and around the many quaint small towns that dot the area. Goose Pond Mountain State Park, Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park, and Dater Mountain Natura Park and Harriman State Park welcome guests with waterfalls and wilderness only a short drive from the city. Nearby Bear Mountain State Park and Sterling Forest State Park round out the wilds south of Interstate 84.
As you motor north to the Poughkeepsie area you begin to encounter more remote and less-visited destinations that are still relatively close to NYC. Camping in Upstate New York is extremely popular at Minnewaska State Park, while folks interested in exploring the Hudson River Valley should be sure to check out Franny Reese State Park, Mills Norrie State Park, and Walkway Over the Hudson State Park. As you motor north into the highlands of Cherry Ridge Wild Forest, Willowemoc Wild Forest, and the Sundown area, you encounter a patchwork of quaint small towns and fantastic places to go camping. Further north and to the east a bit are the Phoenicia Wild Forest, Indian Head, Kaaterskill Wild Forest, and Catskill Park.
As you leave the Catskills for the Adirondacks you’ll encounter some of New York’s most photogenic RV parks and campgrounds. These northern reaches have hosted the Winter Olympics, and provide endless opportunities for wintertime activities. But most folks venture into these hills during the summer, when alpine lakes shrouded by trees provide cool and serene venues for folks to make camp and unwind away from the crowds. Check out Adirondack State Park, Moreau Lake State Park, Verona Beach State Park, or the High Peaks Wilderness just south of Lake Placid.
The western half of New York that’s sandwiched between Pennsylvania and Lake Ontario is by far the fastest growing area for camping, with thousands of folks from across the globe journeying here to see, among other things, the Finger Lakes, Niagara Falls, and cities like Rochester and Syracuse. Unlike many camping destinations where folks are crowded into an area to visit one specific attraction or venue, this part of upstate New York is spread out. The lakes region of the state is scattered with fantastic naturally designated and protected lands open to the public, as well as some fantastic RV resorts to choose from. Check out Chenango Valley State Park outside Binghamton, or Chittenango Falls State Park outside of Syracuse. Moving west, the wilds of New York’s Finger Lakes region are on display at venues like Watkins Glen State Park, Taughannock Falls State Park, and Sampson State Park.
Updated November 15, 2016.