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Cherry Plain State Park

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10 State Park Road
Petersburg, NY 12138
Latitude 42.622093
Longitude -73.409424

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Cherry Plain State Park has 175 acres and features a sandy beach on Black River Pond, with bathhouse and comfort station nearby. Picnic grounds and a boat launch are adjacent to the beach. The park also has bridle paths and hiking, biking and nature trails that serve for cross-country skiing in winter. Anglers fish for bass, bullheads and pickerel and may also ice fish in winter.

The park has 10 trailer sites, 10 lakeside tent sites as well as 10 "hike-in" tent sites available for overnight camping.


Current Water Quality - Beach Results


Household pets only; caged or on a leash not more than 6 feet, rabies vaccination and proof of same required. Not permitted in buildings or bathing areas. For campers, if your site allows pets, there is a two-pet maximum.

Hours of Operation

  • Park Office Contact Numbers -
    May-Labor Day: 518-733-5400
    September-April: 518-279-1155
  • 2017 Swimming Season
    5/27 - 6/27: weekends only, 10am-6pm
    6/28 - 9/4: daily, 10am-6pm

    *Row Boat and Kayak rentals are available on days when swimming is open from 10am – 4pm.

  • 2017 Camping Season:
    5/27 - 6/27: Friday – Sunday night (Monday check-out)
    6/28 – 9/4: Open daily

Fees & Rates

Most New York State Parks charge a vehicle use fee to enter the facility. Fees vary by location and season. A list of entry fees and other park use fees is available below. For fees not listed or to verify information, please contact the park directly.

The Empire Pass -- whether a card for $80 or a vehicle-affixed decal for $65 -- is your key to all-season enjoyment with unlimited day-use entry at most facilities operated by State Parks and the State Dept. of Environmental Conservation including forests, beaches, trails and more. Apply online or contact your favorite park for more information. Learn more about our Admission Programs including the Empire Pass.

  • Vehicle Entrance Fee
  • $7

    5/27-6/27, weekends only;
    and 6/28-9/4 daily
  • Boat Rental
  • Deposit of $20, plus a form of ID is required for each boat.
    Rowboats - $5 per hour
    Kayaks - $4 per half hour

  • Camping
  • $12-$19/night

    *Additional $5/night for non-NYS residents

    Camping fees are listed on
  • Shelter & Tent
  • For rates and options, please see this document.

Additional Documents


Firewood source maps show a 50-mile radius from which untreated firewood may be moved to this campground. For more information see firewood restrictions.

Hunting permit dates coincide with the NYS DEC hunting permit dates. A valid hunting license is required to obtain a hunting permit.

Maps of the hunting area at Cherry Plain State Park are available at Grafton Lakes State Park's park office.

Hunters must sign in and out of the park at the office daily when hunting within the boundaries of the park.

Hunting is not permitted within 500 feet of any building, road, playground, or parking lot and all trails are considered safety zones where hunting is not allowed.

Sat 28 Oct
Introduction To Exploring Off Trail
Saturday, October 28, 2017 10:00 AM
Cherry Plain State Park
(518) 674-2747

Learn how to explore and enjoy the Capital District Wildlife Management Area by hiking off trail on Saturday, October 28th at 10am. Dress for the day's weather and wear shoes/boots suitable for hiking in rough terrain. Bring a compass if you have one, along with a snack and water bottle. Families with children are encouraged to participate in this free outing.

Hike will be led by Cherry Plain's own naturalist & storyteller, Lloyd Barnhart, a member of Friends Of Cherry Plain State Park. Participation limited to 15 participants, so pre-register by calling Lloyd at 518-674-2747. Meet at Cherry Plain State Park entrance. Rain date: October 29th.

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Amenities, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • Boat Launches
  • Boat Rentals
  • Campsites
  • Food
  • Group Camping
  • Nature Trails
  • Pavilions
  • Picnic Tables (Accessible)
  • Playgrounds
  • Showers
  • Swimming Beach
  • Tent/Trailer Sites
  • Activities
  • Biking
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Ice Fishing
  • Recreation Programs
  • Snowmobiling
  • X-Country Skiing