Where to Go Camping in New York

July 29, 2015

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Many expats may find themselves in New York City, but who would think to go camping in the Big Apple? While typical tourists are walking around Times Square and checking out the Statue of Liberty, there’s a lot more to see than cityscapes and monuments. In one of the greatest cities that never sleeps, there are plenty of places to pitch a tent and sleep outdoors. Here are just a few of the many great choices available.

Guy hiking on a mountain

Allegany State Park – Red House Area

Located in western New York, this State park is well-known for its Tudor-style Administration Building and hosts year-round activities from snow sports in the winter to hiking and biking around Red House Lake in the summertime. Here you’ll find 130 campsites, three group sites, and for those who are less fond of “roughing it,” there’s also 128 cabins and the Pitt’s Cottage vacation rental.

Fire Island National Seashore Campgrounds

Only accessible by boat or ferry, the Watch Hill Campgrounds is about a ¼ mile walk from the dock and has 26 individual tent sites and one group campsite. Get reservations early at their website to enjoy the beautiful back country, nature trails and beaches. There is also a general onsite and a lifeguard on duty during summer months.

lighthouse at fire island

Letchworth State Park

Voted “Best State Park In The Nation” by USA Today readers and called the Grand Canyon of the East, Letchworth’s waterfalls could rival the mighty Niagara. Another resort area to be enjoyed year-round, with cross-country skiing and snowmobiling during the colder months, campers can choose from tent and trailer sites along with winterized cabins. There are 66 miles of hiking trails and others available for horseback riding and biking. Take a virtual tour and make your reservations today.

Lake George Camping

These last locations are primarily privately-owned and come to us from mostly the southern shores of this beautiful upstate lake. Choose from over a dozen campgrounds and RV parks including some sites that are a combination of both camping and resorts. If you’re bringing the kids or are simply young-at-heart, there are plenty of nearby amusement parks, including Six Flags Great Escape and Water Slide World in Lake George.

Man ziplining

For thrill-seekers, stop by the Adirondack Extreme Adventure Course and prepare for hours of excitement, including zip lines, suspended rope bridges and swings. Visit their website to see if their motto of “Outplay, Outshine and Outlast” is right up your alley.

Whether you’re camping out in your own backyard or travelling halfway around the world, there are many affordable alternatives to staying in a hotel. See how much better sitting around a campfire is compared to sitting in front of the television.

This is a guest post by Hilary Loren Smith. Hilary is a motivated entrepreneur, writer and mother from Chicago who writes about a variety of topics.  Follow her on Twitter at @HilaryS33.

All images are from the author’s paid Shutterstock account.

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