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10 Best Campgrounds in New York

by Anne-Marie BylJul 20, 2021

Head upstate and discover everything New York has to offer.

There’s something for everyone. While there are dozens of amazing campgrounds in the Empire State, we’ve narrowed it down to our top 10. New York is perfect for a quick getaway due to its exciting combination of bustling city life and stunning natural areas housing waterfalls, scenic vistas, and lakeshores.

1. Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park™ Lazy River in Gardiner, NY

Drone shot of Jellystone Park Lazy River

Overlooking the winding Wallkill River in New York’s Hudson Valley, this park is set on 100 rolling acres and boasts a majestic view of the Shawangunk Ridge. Enjoy tons of outdoor amenities like their Water Zone & Splash Pad, jumping pillow, or mini golf. All cabins and campsites allow for incredible views and lush scenery. Visit Minnewaska State Park for family-friendly hikes like Awosting Falls, or Gertrude’s Nose if you’re up for a bit of a challenge. This park has it all.

2. Swarty’s Mohawk Campground in Cherry Valley, NY

Drone shot of Swarty's Mohawk in Cherry Valley, New York

Explore this family campground that is centrally located just off State Route 20 in Cherry Valley, NY. Choose from 54 spacious campsites with water and electricity. No tent or camper? No problem! They have you covered with rustic cabin rentals. Enjoy the day fishing in a well-stocked pond or spend the day lounging by their pool. Their location provides access to all the best NY tourist destinations, including the Cooperstown Baseball Hall of Fame, Howe Caverns, Herkimer Diamond Mines, The Farmers Museum, and many more.

3. Adirondack Gateway RV Resort & Campground in Gansevoort, NY

RV next to water in Adirondack New York

Nestled in the heart of New York, Adirondack Gateway RV Resort and Campground combines great amenities with outdoor activities and the stunning natural beauty of the Empire State. Bring your RV or stay in one of the cozy cottages or cabin rentals. Onsite, you can take a dip in their sparkling swimming pool, or head to the fully-stocked catch-and-release fishing pond. Exploring has never been so fun.

4. Adirondack Safari in Warrensburg, NY

Glamping tent in Warrensburg, New York

Enjoy the unique and upscale glamping experience at Adirondack Safari. With fully furnished canvas tents, outdoor lounge areas, spacious campsites, live entertainment, Native American performances, kayaking & river tubing, outdoor movies, and much more, there’s something for everyone. It is the perfect venue for couples, families, and groups looking for a unique Adirondack luxury camping experience. Located in the Lake George, NY region of the Adirondack Mountains directly on the Schroon River.

5. Brookwood RV Resort in Ticonderoga, NY

RV at wooded site in Ticonderoga, New York

Brookwood RV Resort offers the best in Adirondack family camping with 85 scenic campsites. Parking and setting up your motorhome or fifth wheel can be done with ease thanks to their spacious sites. But that’s not all, even if you don’t have your own RV you can still enjoy the facilities of Brookwood RV Resort and the beauty of the Northern Lake George and Adirondack area with their camping cabin and cottage rentals.

6. Saratoga Escape Lodges & RV Resort in Greenfield Center, NY

RV next to water in Greenfield Center, New York

Plan your visit to this beautiful RV resort in the Adirondack Mountains. Their activities area boasts mini golf, a pool, an aqua playground, an ice cream parlor, and a campground store. They also have a beautiful private spring-fed lake with a beach area. This park is just minutes from the famous Saratoga Race Track, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, and downtown shopping. Beautiful Lake George, “Queen of the American Lakes,” is an easy 20-minute drive. This location is convenient for white water rafting, hiking in the beautiful Adirondack Mountains, and visiting numerous historical sites.

7. Skyway Camping Resort in Greenfield, NY

RV in wooded campground in New York

Just a couple of hours north of New York City and nestled in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains, Skyway Camping Resort transports you to the splendor of nature where cool mountain breezes and a scenic setting replace the complexities of city and suburban life. If you aren’t traveling with an RV, you can still experience Catskills camping in one of their great rental RVs. Also available are fully wooded tent sites, complete with water and electricity, internet access, a fire-pit, and picnic table. Enjoy immaculate cleanliness, groomed grounds, and of course great campsites along with beautiful top-rated facilities.

8. Finger Lakes Campground in Prattsburg, NY

Drone of RVs at Finger Lakes Campground

Finger Lakes Campground is located in the wine country of the Finger Lakes. This family-owned park focuses on maintaining a community spirit. Their amenities include a playground, pool, 5-acre fishing pond, miles of hiking trails, and more. Choose from RV sites and tent sites for your next getaway with their own picnic tables and fire rings. Enjoy over 7 miles of golf cart and hiking trails or nearby wineries, breweries, and distilleries. Find great friends, fishing, and great camping all in one!

9. Samsen at Sampson in Waterloo, NY

Waterloo glamping cabin campground

Located in Romulus, NY, SamSen at Sampson State Park is a unique lakeside tourist destination located just 15-minutes south of Geneva, NY on the eastern shore of Seneca Lake. Day trip throughout the Finger Lakes region on wine, cheese, and craft beverage trails, and dine at eclectic local restaurants from Geneva to Watkins Glen. Sampson State Park is home to just over 5.5 miles of Seneca Lake shoreline and 2,000 acres of New York State’s great outdoors. Enjoy on-site biking, fishing, playgrounds, playing fields, a beach, a visitor’s center, 10 miles of hiking trails, plus all that the Finger Lakes region has to offer.

10. Niagara Shores Campground in Appleton, NY

Sunset with RV at Niagara Shores Campground

A short drive from the majesty of Niagara Falls, Niagara Shores Campground specializes in overnight lodging for large groups, camping, and glamping. With plenty of space, a woodland chapel, 10,000 ft convention center for events, mini golf, swimming pool, snack bar, and much more, this is truly a unique must-stay in the Niagara region. With the ability to accommodate up to 250 guests, you’ll find a spot that’s perfect for you.

The Empire State has so much more to offer than just its namesake city. Explore upstate, near the lake, in the mountains, and everywhere in between when you stay at any of these incredible Campspot campgrounds. Book now!