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.
2016 Swimming Season
5/23 - 6/28: weekends only, 10am-6pm
6/29 -7/18: open Friday – Sunday (including Monday July 4th), 10 am-6pm
7/19 – Labor Day: weekends only, 10am-6pm
*Row Boat and Kayak rentals are available on days when swimming is open from 10am – 4pm.
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.
Deposit of $20, plus a form of ID is required for each boat.
Rowboats - $5 per hour
Kayaks - $4 per half hour
Firewood source maps show a 50-mile radius from which untreated firewood may be moved to this campground. For more information see firewood restrictions.
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.
Project/Event Description: Trail and campsite cleanup and potentially replacing wood chips at playground.
Meeting Location: Park office. All ages welcome