Camping in Upstate New York

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Tilden Hill Farm

16 sites · RVs, Tents155 acres · Vernon, NY
Relax at Tilden Hill Farm its a 155 acre farm raising Black Angus Cattle it has been in the Brewer family for seven generations. Founded in 1798 by Josiah Brewer, the farm has served as a grist mill, chicken farm, cheese factory. We offer several types of site selection for your comfort. Choose from our private tent camping to relaxing RV sites. Our tent sites are quiet and scenic, just a quick walk down to the pond. Some of our sites you can park next to, but a few you will have to walk ~100 yards with your belongings. Tent sites have a porta-john and homemade outdoor shower for your enjoyment! Our RV sites have full hookups: water, electric and also a dump station.Once settled in, take a meandering walk through our 4 miles of walking trails or find your way down to our pond. Water activities are plentiful: fishing for bass, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, we accommodate it all!We look forward to seeing you at Tilden Hill Farm where you can "Experience a Family Tradition"
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Moomin Valley

10 sites · RVs, Tents5 acres · Cazenovia, NY
Nestled in the heart of Nelson, NY, this camping location offers a charming retreat surrounded by the picturesque beauty of the region. Located near Cazenovia Lake, the campsite provides easy access to water activities such as kayaking and fishing. The lush forest that envelopes the area is home to a diverse array of flora and fauna, creating an immersive natural experience. Hiking trails wind through the woods, leading to stunning viewpoints that showcase the rolling hills and tranquil landscapes that define the area. As day turns to night, the serene atmosphere makes for optimal stargazing, with minimal light pollution allowing the constellations to shine brilliantly. This camping spot in Nelson, NY, offers a harmonious blend of outdoor adventure and peaceful relaxation. Complimentary firewood included with each reservation.
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Wonderland Forest

99 sites · Tents300 acres · La Fayette, NY
Wonderland Forest is located on 500 beautiful acres that overlook New York's Apple Valley. Camp Wonderland offers primitive camping sites. Home to the historic Rattlesnake Gulf and The Blue Hole, along with other waterfalls and watering holes. Spend your days exploring! In 2023 Wonderland Forest will host its 1st music events!
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West Canada Creek Farm

3 sites · Tents115 acres · Barneveld, NY
115 acres along the West Canada Creek. Great spots for fishing, swimming and or tubing down the river. Fishing just down the creek from the trophy waters of the West Canada Creek. Fields and woods for hiking. Also great for bird watching, have a grassy pond that is popular with various species of birds. Three islands in the West Canada Creek to explore. Stay in a lean-to overlooking the West Canada Creek or pitch a tent.
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Thorndon Meadows

6 sites · RVs, Tents12 acres · Sterling, NY
Looking for some peace and quiet? Up for an adventure with rustic camping? Our property was once part of a much larger business farm. It has not been under a tractor since 2010, except for mowing. We have been hosting for HipCamp since 2019 and we are eager to meet you and hear what you think of our acres.  The gorgeous sunsets over Lake Ontario are world renowned, and our primitive camp sites are just one half mile from the lake.  The terrain is hilly, elevation ranges from 320' - 380'.  Due to the location on the hill, great views of the spectacular sunrise can also be seen (from the ground) and pretty much most of the sunsets. Excellent opportunities for bird watching, we have seen everything from goldfinches to bald eagles, with sightings of indigo buntings, sparrowhawks, snow and Canada geese, according to season. Wildflowers, berries and herbs are in abundance, when in season. Being right near the fourth largest Great Lake the campgrounds is a great spot for cloud watching, kite sailing and star viewing - there is no light pollution.  Fresh water divers?  There are dozens of sunken shipwrecks in Lake Ontario and in April 2019, NOAA proposed the designation of a national marine sanctuary in eastern Lake Ontario to protect historically significant shipwrecks and maritime heritage resources. Oh, and did I mention the world class fishing? Co-owner, Valerie, is a permaculturist and welcomes conversation about anything environmental.  The flattest part of the hill was once under cultivation but since 2010 has been allowed to revert to woodlands.  Fruit and nut trees have been planted, as well as some berries.  My trees are very important. Please take care not to injure them. Seasoned firewood is plentiful from the prunings as well as from deadfall and extra can be purchased at the farm - $5. per bundle.  (Per New York State DEC regulation, untreated firewood may not be moved over 50 miles.)  There is a working rocket mass heater in the barn and it will be fired up and roaring between October and April.  Knitting and crocheting lessons are yours for the asking.  Co-owner, William, may also be persuaded to show you some guitar licks.  Children 12 and under are discounted 50% off. Children under 2 are free. At the edges of the property you can see neighbors' houses but campsites are secluded from the neighbors as well as from each other. All campsites are drive in but you may be driving across a mown field. Sterling Nature Center (Great Blue Heron rookery!) and Sterling Renaissance Festival are each 4 miles away.  Gas station and farm store (Ontario Orchards -- great home-baked pies there!) are each 3 miles away. Sterling Creek Canoe- Kayak Launch - 3.5 miles.  Fair Haven Beach State Park and Little Sodus Bay - 7.5 miles.  City of Oswego and NY State University - 6 miles. And, if you are of that persuasion, the nearest McDonald's and Subway are 7 miles and Walmart is 10 miles away. Because I could be anywhere on the property and I would like to be available when you arrive, please advise me if you know you will be arriving after 5 PM.  All revenue from camping goes back into the property to continue to improve your experience. While we are open to winter camping, the farm road is on a hill that must be navigated to reach the campsites. In snowy or icy (or extremely muddy) conditions this may prove impossible for a typical vehicle and even give some 4-wheel or all-wheel drive vehicles some trouble. There is room at the bottom of the hill for off road parking for one vehicle. It would then require hiking up about 500 feet to reach campsites. Also, when the weather is dropping below freezing (which could be between late October -- early May), you are advised to bring your own water as water left overnight will freeze. Please take responsibility for the energy you bring to this space. Campfires are encouraged but bonfires are not allowed. If you are unsure, just ask. This is also a 'leave nothing but footprints' campsite. We do not have trash removal. Thorndon Meadows acknowledges we are on native land originally inhabited by the Cayuga (Guyohkohnyoh – The People of the Great Swamp) of the Haudenosaunee  Confederacy who were scattered by European settlers in the early 1800’s.  We honor their stewardship and those who care for the land generations after.  This land is not ours, it is our turn, and we are grateful to share it with our guests.  We are committed to learning and protecting the land as its temporary caretakers.  We invite you to appreciate the land with us, all are welcome.
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Kasoag Lake

72 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents23 acres · Williamstown, NY
Located on 25 acres in Northern New York. Kasoag lake is a spring fed lake and feels like the Adirondacks. Minutes away from Salmon River Falls and connected to the local Oswego Countu ATV and Kasoag Trailblazerz trails. Come relax with us and make some memories here at beautiful Kasoag Lake……..
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Black Creek RV Site

2 sites · RVs8 acres · Chittenango, NY
Camper pad on private rural eight acre property with 30amp electric hookup. Enjoy peace and quiet with no neighbors other than the one home closer to the road. Plenty of room for larger campers and a vehicle if needed. Circle driveway joins camper pad for easy backing. Only 10 minutes from Green Lakes State Park with beautiful trails and swimming.
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Camp Benjamin

4 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents12 acres · Boonville, NY
This 9-Acre Permaculture farm project, which includes fruit & nut trees, annual and perennial gardens, chickens, vermiculture, rainwater catchment systems. Property offers walking trails, camping areas with fire pits. Seasonal Concerts & Events... Property is a Certified Wildlife Habitat.
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Herkimer Diamond Mines KOA Resort

8 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents250 acres · Middleville, NY
Welcome to the Herkimer Diamond Mines Resort, Where you can prospect for one of the oldest, clearest, double-terminated quartz crystals in the World... Herkimer Diamonds! Located in New York's Mohawk Valley Region, right between the Adirondack and Catskill Mountains. Just miles away from the Historic Mohawk River and Erie Canal. Surrounded by stunning mountains, miles of hiking trails, cascading waterfalls, and glistening lakes as far as the eye can see. The Herkimer Diamond Mines Resort can be found nestled along the West Canada Creek, offering you an experience unlike any other! The Herkimer Diamond Home to one of the oldest, clearest Quartz Crystals in the world - The Herkimer Diamond! These gemstones were faceted naturally over 500 million years ago! These magnificent crystals are found in the rock, having a diamond-like geometrical shape. Thus, the name recognition of “Herkimer Diamond”. Miners' Village is located right next to the campground, offering a variety of shops and activities for everyone! The first stop will be “Village Hall” where you will register your family for mining and receive your equipment. Then you can stop by “Rockhound Academy”, our Education Center and Museum, where you will learn how to mine for your own Herkimer Diamonds! Next door is the “Trading Post” Gift Shop, Sluice, Florescent Room, Artisan Center, and Canteen Cafe! One you are outside you will be directed to our open rock quarry, where you will be able to mine for your very own Herkimer Diamonds. Sift through the dirt, search on the ground, or use your hammer to break open rocks! Everything you find is yours to keep. Camping or "Glamping" Our campground offers many ways to stay, take in the beautiful views, mine for Herkimer Diamonds, and celebrate the area's rich history. We offer Tent Sites for those looking to spend the night cozied up beneath the stars. Choose between our Creekside and Field Tent Sites, as well as optional electric hookups. For the “Glampers”, our Lodging options offer an assortment of perks to give you the comfort you want. From our Camping Cabins that provide just a bed, roof and refrigerator to our Deluxe Lodging that come with patios, bathrooms and partial kitchens, you will learn what camping in style really means. Are you a star-gazing enthusiast? Check out one of our Astronomy themed lodges, each equipped with a high-powered telescope! Spend the night in a Treehouse, or learn about sustainable energy while you reduce your carbon footprint by camping in one of our Solar Powered Lodges. At The Herkimer Diamond Mines Resort, we also provide a variety of RV Sites. Full- Hookup or Water/ Electric Pull Thru, Back In, and Pull In sites offer you the ability to camp however you'd like! Grab a spot along the creek and bring a friend, buddy sites are available! We have a variety of KOA Patios for that elevated camping experience! No matter how you choose to stay, High Speed Wi-Fi and Laundry Facilities are available 24/7 to all guests and Golf Cart rentals are available at the main office to make your trip even more comfortable. Coming soon… Camping on a whole new level! Right across the street from the Campground, above the Diamond Mines, we are hard at work on our new development. This new area of the park will offer a whole new camping experience! Whether you would be looking for a spacious site with a spectacular view of the Valley, or if you prefer to be nestled among the trees for a more private camping experience. Spacious RV Sites, Wooded Tent Sites, and New Lodging Options are soon to come. This new adventure is one you won't want to miss!
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Rashid Fields Farm

4 sites · Tents48 acres · Lafayette, NY
This is a family farm on 48 acres, with access to hiking the snow mobile trails that run over a couple of hundred miles. We have horses and alpacas to pet and visit, a few sheep and chickens, and a couple of Scottish Highland Cows. Close drive to swimming, hiking, shopping and museums. Away from the city, cozy and country. Come out and visit! Learn more about this land:This is a family farm on 48 acres, with access to hiking the snow mobile trails that run over a couple of hundred miles. We have horses, sheep and cows to pet and visit, a few ducks and chickens, and a rabbits. Parking is at the house, walk in to campsite. If you need help, we will gladly load up the tractor and escort you to the sites.Swimming at a state park/lake is a 5 mile drive, and there are other hiking trails within about a 20 minute drive. You can pitch a tent of your own, or borrow one of ours here by the house, or further out by the creek. Each campsite has a fire pit for your use.Restroom is available just inside the house if needed, and potable water is available via pump or hose outside the house or at the barn. We have a couple of dogs on sight, and we like to visit with folks - let us know if you want to socialize or not and we'll respect that. Your dogs are welcome, but please keep them leashed. Chickens like to run away, and dogs like to chase them. If you are traveling with horses, please contact us! We can provide turn out or possible stalls for you, if your shots are current (proof required). *fees apply depending on requirements.
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Fiddlehead Grove

4 sites · Lodging, Tents80 acres · West Monroe, NY
Nestled at the foothills of the Adirondack mountains, you can enjoy nature’s bounty by hiking, birdwatching, tenting, hanging out campfire side, or walking our meditation labyrinth. Three rustic campsites and a lean to shelter to choose from, as well as 80 acres of unfettered wilderness to explore. We’ll see you soon!
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Williams Corners

2 sites · RVs10 acres · Morrisville, NY
We are a family that travels in our RV fulltime and have created this private oasis for travelers to unwind. This location is in a quiet area in the rolling hills of Morrisville. Our property is a rolling hill with views from the top and a pond and flat area at the bottom to play. We are 5-10 minutes from a couple of small lakes for boating and fishing and 15 minutes from larger Cazenovia lake. We are also close to Delphi falls that has hiking and a really nice waterfall to visit and walk in. There are other local parks and hiking in the area for things to do. We are only 5 minutes out of Morrisville and 15 minutes to the town of Cazenovia and Hamilton (weekend farmers markets). There are plenty of places to visit that are close including local wineries and 3 casinos within 30 minutes. Some day trip attractions: Eaton Reservoir- paddling less that 10 min Cazenovia Lake - swimming, paddling 15 min Chittenango Falls - hiking 20 min Green Lakes State park - swimming, paddling, hiking 30 min Rexford Falls - hiking 30 min The Wild Animal Park - Zoo with safari 30 min Jamesville Beach Park - swimming, paddling 35 min Tinker Falls - hiking 35 min Pixley Falls - hiking 1 hr Carpenter Falls - hiking 1hr Fillmore Glen State Park - waterfall, hiking approx 1 hr Ithaca gorges and waterfalls 1 hr 30-1 hr 45 minutes away Corning Glass and Watkins Glen 2 hrs Howe Caverns 1 hr 30 minutes Old Forge and Enchanted Water Safari 1 hr 30 NY City 4 hr 30 minutes
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Camping in Upstate New York guide

Overview

The rural playground of New Yorkers, Upstate New York packs in four seasons of postcard-ready  backdrops. Summer vacay? Drive your RV up to the Finger Lakes to lounge by sandy lakeside beaches. Fall camping trip? Hit the hiking trails of the Catskills or enjoy leaf-peeping to your heart's content at more than 150 state and national park sites. Winter getaway? Grab your skis and snowshoes and escape to the Adirondacks. Campers have just as many options, whether you prefer backcountry camping in the wilderness, a cozy log cabin, or an Insta-worthy glampsite. Just make sure to book ahead, especially from June through August.

Where to go

Hudson Valley & the Catskills

Close enough to NYC for a weekend break, head to the Hudson Valley to hop between Hudson River towns, picturesque vineyards, and farm-to-table restaurants. There’s great camping and hiking at Harriman State Park and Bear Mountain State Park, while Hudson River Islands State Park has kayak-in tent sites reachable only by water. Or head to the hills to explore the forest trails and wilderness areas of the Catskills Mountains. 

The Adirondacks

With more than 6 million acres of rugged mountains, untamed forests, and glittering lakes, the Adirondacks is New York state’s largest park and home to its highest peaks. There are miles of hiking trails, canoe trails, and scenic byways to explore, plus dozens of campgrounds to choose from. Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, seek out a secluded spot in the backcountry to pitch your tent—dispersed camping is permitted on state land in the area.

Central New York & Thousand Islands

Woodlands, lakes, and more than a few waterfalls dot the landscapes of central New York. In summer, head to the lakeside beaches at Green Lakes State Park, Gilbert Lake State Park, or Bowman Lake State Park, all of which have popular family campgrounds. To the north, the Thousand Islands region is a favorite for coastal campers with its fairy-tale castles, island campsites, and Great Lakes Seaway Trail.

Finger Lakes

With 11 lakes, a dozen state parks, and three renowned wine trails, you won’t get bored in the Finger Lakes. Check out waterfalls at Watkins Glen State Park and Buttermilk Falls State Park, fish for trout and salmon at Keuka Lake State Park, or lounge along white-sand beaches at Fair Haven Beach State Park.

Western New York

Nicknamed the “Grand Canyon of the East,” Letchworth State Park is a must for hikers and leaf-peepers visiting western New York, along with nearby Allegany State Park. If you prefer coastal camping, you’ll find RV parks and campgrounds dotted along the shores of both Lake Erie to the west and Lake Ontario to the north. Or perhaps you’re heading to Niagara Falls, in which case you should book a campsite, cabin, or yurt at Four Mile Creek State Park, a short drive from the iconic falls. 

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