Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

COVID-10 UPDATE: New York State Parks are currently open. If you plan on visiting,  please wear a face covering and maintain social distance. Park density limits are in effect, so have an alternate plan ready in case the park you are visiting reaches capacity. For additional information about camping, swimming, and other activities, visit COVID-19 UPDATE.


Several Long Island State Parks and Historic Sites are closed today due to weather damage: Cold Spring Harbor, Trailview, Caleb Smith, Valley Stream, Walt Whitman Historic Site, and Wildwood.

Palisades Region Parks: The following state parks are CLOSED until further notice: Bear Mountain, Fort Montgomery Historic Site, High Tor, and Lake Tiorati.

Taconic Region Parks: Taconic - Rudd Pond Campground is closed until further notice due to recent storm damage.

PARK CAPACITY ALERT: The following parks have filled to capacity and are CLOSED to incoming visitors and traffic. Please seek alternatives:

As of 7:45 AM - Field 6 of Jones Beach State Park

As of 8:00 AM - Field 3 of Robert Moses State Park (LI)

As of 9:15 AM - Robert Moses State Park (LI)

As of 9:45 AM -  Orient Beach State Park

As of 10:00 AM - Field 2 of Jones Beach State Park

As of 10:15 AM - Taconic State Park - Copake Falls/Bash Bish

Chimney Bluffs State Park has reached capacity as of 10:45.  Please make alternate plans.

As of 10:45 AM - Fahnestock State Park - Canopus Beach Area

As of 10:45 AM - Sam's Point Area of Minnewaska

As of 11:15 AM - Southwick Beach State Park and Lake Welch Beach State Park 

As of 11:30 AM Thompson's Lake Campground

As of 12:00 PM - Lake Taghkanic State Park

As of 12:00pm- Moreau Lake State Park, Hither Hills State Park

As of 12:15Pm - Cherry Plain State Park

Taughannock Falls has reached capacity as of 12:15.  Please make alternate plans.

Stony Brook has reached capacity as of 12:15.  Please make alternate plans.

As of 12:45pm Grafton Lakes State Park

As of 1:00pm - Sandy Island Beach State Park, Field 4 of Jones Beach State Park

Canandaigua Boat Launch has reached capacity as of 1:30 p.m.  Please make alternate plans.

As of 1:00 PM - Franklin D Roosevelt Pool Area

As of 1:15 PM - Sunken Meadow State Park

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.



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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