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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  


PARK CAPACITY ALERT, SUNDAY, JUNE 7, 2020: 

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.

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.

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.

From the shores of Long Island to the mighty Niagara Falls, New York's 180 state parks offer countless opportunities to explore your natural environment, escape from the grind of the everyday and experience exciting new adventures. Beaches, boat launches, hiking trails, campsites, and golf courses all await you!

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The New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic site system is divided into eleven regions. State land in the Adirondacks (6a) and the Catskills (6b) is overseen by the Department of Environmental Conservation. For more information about those areas, please visit www.dec.ny.govLeaving New York State Parks or call 518-402-8000. Camping reservations for all New York State campgrounds can be made by visiting newyorkstateparks.reserveamerica.com Leaving New York State Parks or by calling 1-800-456-CAMP.

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