Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

COVID-19 UPDATE: While New York State Park grounds, forests and trails are currently open, New Yorkers are encouraged to stay home during this public health crisis. Many park facilities including playgrounds, athletic courts/fields, and visitor and nature centers are closed. If you do plan on visiting, visit parks close to home, avoid crowded areas, and wear face coverings where you cannot maintain safe social distance. Learn more about COVID-19 and its impact on NY State Park operations, visit: COVID-19 UPDATE  


Be Advised:

Minnewaska State Park and Sam's Point Area are experiencing extensive congestion on good-weather days and both sites are subject to intermittent closures as parking lots reach capacity. Please respect our neighbors and surrounding communities: DO NOT park on adjacent roadway shoulders. Alternative destinations can be searched at parks.ny.gov and at dec.ny.gov

The Stony Kill Area and Foordmore area at Minnewaska are closed until further notice. Access and parking are NOT permitted in these areas.

Anthony Wayne State Park
is currently closed to the public for hiking, recreational activity or other park related access. This site is host to a COVID-19 testing facility. More details are available on the park page.

2020 CAMPING: New York State Park campsites, cabins and cottages are currently open only to those with existing reservations. New reservations for all available sites – including tents, trailers, RVs, cabins, yurts and cottages -- will be accepted at 9 a.m. June 8, for camping stays beginning on June 22. Reservations are expected to fill quickly. Reservations can be made in advance by calling toll free 1-800-456-CAMP or http://newyorkstateparks.reserveamerica.com. Online reservations are encouraged. You must have a reservation to camp. No walk-up camping stays will be accepted. For more information, please see our press release.

UPDATE FOR 2021 CAMPING
: New York State Parks has temporarily lifted the 9-month reservation window restriction for camping and will allow for transfers of existing camping reservations into the 2021 season. If you choose to transfer, the change fee will be waived until June 11th for online transactions only. In addition, you may also make new reservations for the 2021 season at this time. Please note that there is no guarantee that you will get the same camping site or dates for 2021 whether you transfer or make a new reservation. We encourage online reservations as the Call Center is experiencing longer than average wait times.

Pavilion/Shelters: All pavilion/shelter reservations are canceled through June 14th. Visitors with reservations through June 14th will be issued a full refund. All new pavilion/shelter reservations for the 2020 season have been suspended until further notice.

Swimming: State Park beaches will begin to open to swimming Friday of Memorial Day Weekend, at 50% capacity or less and with heightened precautions. You must practice social distancing at a state beach. Pools will remain closed. More details are available through our press release

Entrance Fees: State Park beaches, day-use areas and historic sites may charge entrance fee of between $6-$10 beginning Saturday, June 6.

Virtual Tours

Virtual Tours

New York State Parks is proud to partner with the New York State Museum and the New York State Women's Suffrage Commission, to present a virtual tour of "Votes for Women", an exhibit presenting the history of women's voting rights as well as profiles of eight influential women suffragists from around New York state. Learn more.

Lifeguards

Lifeguards

Nature is all around us and our team of educators has compiled innovative ideas and creative activities to explore the outdoors near you. Learn more.

NY Blog

NY Blog

From snakes and Spotted Turtles to ice houses and pickles, enjoy a window into the world of New York State Parks. Learn More.

Digital Brochures

State park, historic site and camping information are available in digital format and may be downloaded.

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