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Planning your next vacation?

Why not consider staying in one of New York's beautiful state parks? Imagine pitching a tent near the St. Lawrence River or one of the beautiful lakes or waking up in your recreational vehicle surrounded by the majesty of the woods or cooking breakfast in a cabin overlooking the "Grand Canyon of the East."

Did you know you save 15-20% by reserving a weeknight* campsite?
(*Sunday-Thursday, excluding holidays)

For information about camping in the Adirondack and Catskill Parks visit New York State Parks


Arranging a stay at a New York state park is easy! Reservations can be made from 1 day - 9 months in advance by calling toll free 1-800-456-CAMP or For spur of the moment trips, rentals are also available on a walk-up basis.

Reservations will be taken as follows:

  • From December 1 through mid-March:
  • Monday-Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • From mid-March through Labor Day:
  • Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • From the day after Labor Day through November 30:
  • Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Access Pass users please note: qualification changes are in effect as of May 19th, 2010. Before making your camping reservations, please learn whether your pass will be eligible.

New Pet Policy in affect as of August 2011. No more than 2 pets per site where pets are permitted.

Don't Move Firewood! Regulations in Effect

By transporting firewood, you could be spreading diseases and invasive insects that can quickly kill large numbers of trees. New York State has several counties with known forest pest infestations, and if firewood continues to be transported across the state, these infestations will rapidly spread.

Help slow the spread and obey the Firewood RegulationsLeaving New York State Parks:

  • Do not transport any untreated* firewood to state lands, campgrounds or parks -- only bring heat treated firewood or buy firewood at the campground.
  • It is illegal to bring untreated firewood into New York State.
  • It is illegal to transport untreated firewood more than 50 miles from its source.
  • When transporting untreated firewood within 50 miles of its source, you must carry proof of source (such as a receipt or self-issued certificate of source**) or you may be subject to a fine.
  • Please be aware that certain states and counties/areas within New York State have quarantines that further restrict the movement of firewood: Emerald ash borer quarantines, Asian longhorned beetle quarantinesLeaving New York State Parks.

For more information about firewood visit New York State Parks or call NYDEC firewood hotline toll free 1-866-640-0652.

Firewood Source Area Maps showing a 50 mile distance from DEC campgrounds are available. These maps can also be found at each DEC campground's information pageLeaving New York State Parks.

New York State Parks Firewood Source Area Maps showing a 50 mile distance from New York State Parks campgrounds are available. These maps can be found on each campground page under Maps.

* To be considered treated, firewood must be heat-treated (kiln-dried) to a minimum core temperature of 71 degrees Celsius (165 degrees F) for 75 minutes, and must be labeled as such. Firewood that meets these standards can be moved into the state and around the state without restriction.

** The self-issued certificateLeaving New York State Parks of source is required for those who are transporting firewood that they did not purchase, such as from their own property to a campground.