Camping Destinations

I gathered up camping recommendations from friends and readers at some point, and then I did it again. So I’m putting them all together on a single page:


  • Cherry Plain State Park (close)
  • Thompson’s Lake (close–near Thacher)
  • Moreau Lake (less than 1 hour) – It’s ok, but crowded
  • Hearthstone Point near Lake George (1 hour)
  • Moose Hillock camping resort near Lake George (1 hour) Do the Shelving Rock Falls hike that is 12 miles from the campground.
  • Herkimer Diamond Mines and KOA Kampground (1 hour)
  • Northampton Beach on Lake Sacandaga (1 hour)
  • North-South Lake in the Catskills (little over an hour) – Great and not far and Swimming on North Lake (where the water is freakin’ COLD!!!!), camping nearby, lots of hiking, and a big waterfall (Kaaterskill Falls). You can take a 5-mile hike to the top of the falls or take the ridiculously short path there. You can also drive around to the bottom of the falls and hike about a mile.
  • Gilbert Lake State Park (1 hour, 15 minutes)-Baseball Hall of Fame isn’t too far away. Their beach is great too.
  • Eagle Point on Schroon Lake (1 1/2 hours) – It was great. Awesome sites right on the lake, can rent canoes / kayaks from $20/ day
  • Little Sand Point in the Adirondack State Park (1 1/2 hours)
  • Woodford State Park in Vermont (1 1/2 hours)
  • Halfmoon State Park in Vermont (1 hour, 50 minutes)-We camped at Halfmoon State Park in VT and it was great, even in the rain.
  • Moffitt Beach on Lake Pleasant (1 hour, 40 minutes)-We loved Moffitt Beach and Fabulous, Nice hike to Augur falls nearby
  • Halfmoon Pond State Park in Vermont (2 hours) – Will definitely be going back. It was fantastic – and ALL the sites we walked by were good. Not too over crowded, despite being full (we camped over a long weekend).
  • Indian Lake (2 hours)-Most campsites are boat access only and A great place! We have stayed there and do not have a boat. There are many hikes close by including a fire tower hike. The close by town is quaint.
  • Fair Haven Beach State Park near Lake Ontario (2 1/2 hours)
  • Forked Lake (2 1/2 hours)-campsites are only accessible via hiking or boat, really quite, every site is waterfront.
  • Fish Creek (2 hours, 45 minutes) very nice, wonderful area; beautiful with lake views on every site, we loved sites 153, 154 and 155.  They have a store there as well!
  • Watkins Glen State Park and Taughannock Falls State Park in the Fingerlakes (bit over 3 hours) – A little further but worth the drive
  • Letchworth State Park (3 hours, 40 minutes)
  • Stony Brook (4 hours)-Kids had loads of fun in waterfalls.

I’ve done blog posts on several destinations, too.