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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 22 Jul
Waterfalls Hike
Saturday, July 22, 2017 03:00 PM
Cherry Plain State Park
(518) 733-5400

Beautiful waterfalls are just a short hike away! All ages are encouraged to take in the beauty surrounding the campground as we hit the trail to see the falls. Meets at park office.

Sat 29 Jul
Watchable Wildlife: Sssssnakes
Saturday, July 29, 2017 03:00 PM
Cherry Plain State Park
(518) 733-5400

Learn what makes these limbless creatures cool. We will also try to find them in the park! Meets at the beach.

Sat 05 Aug
Watchable Wildlife: American Beaver
Saturday, August 5, 2017 03:00 PM
Cherry Plain State Park
(518) 733-5400

Come to the park to learn about the amazing adaptations of beavers and how they can create a healthy ecosystem for local wildlife. We'll take a walk to search for signs of beaver and the wildlife that benefits from their ecosystem engineering. Meets at the park office.

Fri 11 Aug
Star Watch
Friday, August 11, 2017 08:30 PM
Cherry Plain State Park
(518) 733-5400

Telescopes provided by Albany Area Amateur Astronomers. Cloudy skies may cancel so check with park office to confirm. Meets at Main Lot.

Sat 19 Aug
Watchable Wildlife: Who’s in the Pond?
Saturday, August 19, 2017 03:00 PM
Cherry Plain State Park
(518) 733-5400

Using a seine net and more, we will see what fish and other critters are along the shores of the pond! Meets at Park office.

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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