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Camping in NY State Parks
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2020 Camping: New York State Park campsites, cabins and cottages are currently open. Reservations can be made in advance by calling toll free 1-800-456-CAMP or No walk-in stays will be accepted at this time.

Cabins, Cottages and Yurts: State Parks has implemented an enhanced COVID-19 cleaning protocol at its cabins, cottages and yurts at the conclusion of each reservation. Due to the large number of sites involved, this sanitizing protocol requires a two-day reduction in weekly reservations to allow staff adequate time to perform these tasks. This reduction in availability is necessary to fulfill our mission to provide safe and enjoyable recreational opportunities for our many visitors. We will continue to evaluate our protocols as the COVID-19 status evolves.
New York State Park Camping Guidelines

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.

With over 8500 campsites, there's something for everyone in New York's state parks! Sites range from primitive to prime. Tents, trailers and motorhomes can easily be accommodated. Most sites have a picnic table, fire pit or ring and nearby restrooms and many include amenities such as electric, water and sewer hook-up, and platforms.

View a list of state parks with campgrounds or make your reservations today!

Deciding where to camp? Our parks offer a remarkable diversity of natural settings including ocean-front beach sites on Long Island, views of the mighty Hudson River in the Taconic and Palisades regions; cascading waterfalls, deep gorges and amazing canyons in the Finger Lakes, Genesee and Niagara regions; lake-side views in the Central, Saratoga and Thousand Island regions, and vast wilderness in Allegany.

Looking for something to do during your stay? In addition to countless recreational activities including hiking, fishing and boating, our parks offer a full slate of fun family-friendly events throughout the camping season. For more information, visit our calendar of events.

Seasonal Camping

Seasonal sites now offered at Bowman Lake and Oquaga Creek in the Central Region and Max V. Shaul in the Saratoga-Capital Region. Seasonal campers will need to make just one reservation for several weeks of camping. Imagine the convenience of leaving your trailer or RV on one site for the entire summer! Sites are discounted compared to the cost of a standard site. Reservations must be made directly with the parks.

During peak season some campsites are rented on a weekly basis. All sites at Hither Hills State Park and the beachfront sites at Southwick Beach State Park are subject to peak season rules. In general, Peak season runs from the fourth Friday in June to the last Sunday before Labor Day weekend. Reservations during this time are subject to a 7-day minimum stay for campsites. All other times are considered non-peak season and may require a 2 or 3-night stay.

Want to see more?

Take a look at our photo gallery to view photos of campsites and cabins/cottages at parks around the state.

Visit Things to Know for detailed information on camping rules, reservation policies and fees


"This was my husband's and I first camping trip. We fell in love with this campground. We WILL be back!" - Ashley H., Taughannock State Park

"You guys rock!" - Vincent P., Beaver Pond (Harriman State Park)

"The campground is always great. Watching the big ships go up and down the seaway is amazing." - Anonymous., Kring Point State Park

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