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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

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

2019 Geocache Challenge


Pet Policy: A maximum of two pets are allowed in campsites and day use areas unless prohibited by sign or directive. Pets are to be supervised at all times and either be crated or on a leash not more than 6-feet in length. Proof of rabies inoculation shall be produced if requested by staff. Pets are not permitted in playgrounds, buildings, golf courses, boardwalks, pools and spray-grounds or guarded beaches (this does not apply to service animals).

Hours of Operation

  • Park Office Contact Numbers -
    May-Labor Day: 518-733-5400
    September-April: 518-279-1155
  • 2019 Swimming Season
    5/25 - 9/2: weekends only, 10am-6pm

    *Row Boat and Kayak rentals are available on weekends from Memorial Day to the last weekend in June and daily afterwards until Labor Day 10am – 4pm.

  • 2019 Camping Season:
    5/24 - 6/27: Friday – Saturday Only (Sunday check-out)
    6/28 – 9/1: Open daily
  • 2019 Day Use and Picnicking:
    5/25-6/29, weekends only and 6/30-9/2 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 easy-to-use Empire Pass card is $80- and 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. Purchase online or contact your favorite park for more information. Learn more about our Admission Programs including the Empire Pass.

  • Vehicle Entrance Fee
  • $7 per passenger vehicle
    $35 per non-profit group bus
    $75 per commercial bus

    Collected: 5/25-6/29, weekends only; and 6/30-9/2 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 online and 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.

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Amenities, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • Boat Launches
  • Boat Rentals
  • Campsites
  • Food
  • 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