Visiting the outdoors during the COVID-19 outbreak
The Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (State Parks) and the State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) encourage New Yorkers to recreate locally, practice social distancing, and use common sense to protect themselves and others.
While indoor spaces and restrooms at State Parks and DEC's public facilities may be closed to prevent community spread of COVID-19, parks, grounds, forests, and trails are open during daylight hours, seven days a week. Getting outdoors to walk, jog, hike, ride a bicycle, or visit a park or state lands is a healthy way to stay active, spend time with your immediate household family members, and reduce stress and anxiety while practicing physical distancing.
While enjoying outdoor spaces, please continue to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)/State Department of Health (DOH) guidelines for preventing the spread of colds, flu, and COVID-19:
DEC and State Parks also encourage visitors to State Parks, State Lands, and other parks to:
If you are sick or have had contact with someone who is sick in the last 14 days:
If you are over 70 or have a compromised immune system:
Below are some specifics for State Park visitors:
Parking: To encourage physical social distancing at popular parks, trailheads, and scenic areas, State Parks will reduce the number of available parking spaces on high visitation days. Have a plan ready to visit a different park or another park area. Visit https://parks.ny.gov/parks/ for a list of parks. Park maps are available on each park page.
The following roads around Bear Mountain and Harriman State Park are closed until further notice:
Seven Lakes Drive remains open.
Face Coverings: For the safety of all visitors, please wear a face covering when you cannot maintain social distance.
Playgrounds, Athletic Courts and Sporting Fields: All State Park playgrounds, athletic courts, and sporting fields are CLOSED.
Restrooms: Most indoor spaces - visitor centers, nature centers, and historic houses are closed. Public restrooms are limited. Visitors should plan accordingly and call the park office for more information.
Golf: Golf courses operated by State Parks may be open. Operating schedules will differ across the state. Call the course directly for current information.
UPDATE ON CAMPING
2020 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.
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.
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 are open on their normal seasonal schedule, 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.
Events: All public programming and events have been canceled until further notice.
We appreciate your support and patience as we navigate this public health crisis together.
Resources: New York State Health Department COVID-19