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Cabins, Cottages and Yurts: State Parks has implemented an enhanced COVID-19 cleaning and sanitizing protocol at the conclusion of each reservation that may require a two-day reduction in weekly reservations to allow staff adequate time to perform these tasks for the health and safety of our visitors. Stays may also be subject to 5 PM check-in, 10 AM check-out times. We will continue to evaluate our protocols as the COVID-19 status evolves.
New York State Park Camping Guidelines

2021 Camping: New York State Park campsites, cabins, cottages, and yurts are currently opening as scheduled for the 2021 season. Effective May 15 - Columbus Day, same-day reservations will be allowed until 3pm on day of arrival; this applies to campsites only. Reservations can be made online or through the call center. Walk-ins will not be permitted.

2022 Camping: Advanced reservations: the nine-month booking window has been reinstated for the 2022 camping season and 2022 season dates are now reservable in accordance with the nine-month window. Camping reservations can be made online or by contacting the Reserve America Call Center at 1-800-456-CAMP.

Group campsites/cabins can provide a unique camping experience. Often set in a remote area within the park, group camping areas can be the perfect location for your family reunion or group outing. Sites are primitive but are usually discounted compared to the cost of a standard site.

Group camps range in accommodations from 20 to 100 people. In most cases, you will need to contact the park for reservations and information.

Deciding where to camp? Our parks offer a remarkable diversity of natural settings including 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.

View a list of state parks that offer group camping and contact that campground for reservations today!

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.


"The bike trail was so quiet and beautiful with the sun shining through the canopy of trees... we rode the trail every morning." - Steve K, Chenango Valley State Park

"We stayed at Taughannock Falls State Park and explored this beautiful area of the state with a day trip to Watkins Glen State Park; this was our first trip to these state parks but not our last—we love them!" - Wendy W., Taughannock Falls

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