Get out the tents and plan for a camping trip
The Twin Tiers have a unique and varied landscape, offering lakes, scenic glens, shady forests and much more. Don't just look at the beautiful area scenery -- get out there and enjoy it.
Find the perfect place to participate in your favorite outdoor activities on this listing of area parks and campgrounds:
NEW YORK STATE PARKS
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation has a master list of parks and further information available online at http://nysparks.state.ny.us/parks/.
Allan H. Treman Marine Park, Route 89N, Ithaca. The park has one of the largest inland marinas in New York, with 370 seasonal, 30 transient and 30 dry boat slips. Picnic areas, playing fields and access to the Barge Canal and Seneca Lake. Seasonal boat slips are available May through the third Monday in October. 607/272-1460. www .johnsonboatyard.com/parks/ahtreman.html.
Buttermilk Falls Park, Route 13, south of Ithaca. Cabins and tent sites; hiking, fishing, swimming, picnic area, playground, showers. Open all year. Camping season from mid-May to mid-October. All trails close Nov. 10. Deer hunting, bow only, permitted in season. 607/273-5761.
Canandaigua Lake State Marine Park, North end of Canandaigua Lake. Open May through mid-October. Boat launch, marina and picnic area. 315/789-2331.
Cayuga Lake, Route 89, three miles east of Seneca Falls. Camping season begins the last weekend in April and ends the last weekend in October. The park is open all winter. Cabins, tent and RV sites. Boat launch, swimming, fishing, playground, picnic area, rec programs, showers. 315/568-5163.
Fillmore Glen, Route 38, one mile south of Moravia. The campground is open mid-May to mid-October. The gorge trails are closed in winter. Deer hunting is permitted in season. Cabins, tent and RV sites. Swimming, hiking, picnic area, playground, rec program, showers. 315/497-0130.
Honeoye Lake Marine Park, four miles south of Honeoye. Open from May to November. Boat launch site, including power boats, and fishing access. Ice fishing in the winter. 716/335-8111.
Keuka Lake, Route 54A, six miles west of Penn Yan. The park is open year-round. Camping available early May though mid-October. RV and tent sites, 53 campsites with electric hookup. Hiking, boat launch, swimming, fishing, picnic area, showers. 315/536-3666.
Lodi Point Marine Park, two miles west of Lodi. Open year-round. Boat launch, swimming, fishing, picnic area. Modest accommodations for boaters, picnickers and anglers. 607/582-6392.
Long Point, off Route 90, four miles south of Aurora. Open year-round. Boat launch, fishing, picnic area, playground. Deer, small game and waterfowl hunting in season. 315/364-8884.
Robert H. Treman, Route 13, five miles south of Ithaca. Open year-round. Camping from mid-May through November. All gorge trails close Nov. 10. Bow hunting for deer permitted in season. Cabins, RV and tent sites. Hiking, fishing, swimming, picnic area, playground, showers. Special events. 607/273-3440.
Sampson, Route 96A, 11 miles southeast of Geneva. Open year-round. Campground open late-April through mid-November. Deer, waterfowl and small game hunting during season. Tent and RV sites. Hiking, fishing, boat launch, playground, picnic area, bike rentals, showers. 315/585-6392.
Seneca Lake, Routes 5 and 20, just east of Geneva. Open year-round. Season for boat slips, April 1 through Oct. 23. Boat launch, swimming, fishing, picnic area, playground, marina, showers. 315/789-2331.
Taughannock Falls, Route 89, eight miles north of Ithaca. Open year-round. Camping season, last weekend in March to mid-October. The rim trail closes in winter; the gorge trail remains open. Bow hunting for deer is permitted in season. Cabins, RV and tent sites. Hiking, swimming, boat launch (not suitable for sailing boats), fishing, picnic area, playground, showers. Special events. 607/387-6739.
Watkins Glen, Route 14, Franklin St., Watkins Glen. Open year-round. Depending on the weather, the gorge trail is closed from early November to mid-May. Bow hunting for deer is permitted in season. Tent and RV sites. Swimming, picnic area, playground, electric sites. 607/535-4511.
PENNSYLVANIA STATE PARKS
The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and National Resources hosts a site, www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/spintro.htm, with detailed information about all Pennsylvania state parks.
Cherry Springs State Park, Route 44, Potter County. Named for the large stands of black cherry trees in the park. Picnicking, 30 rustic camping sites open mid-April through mid-December. Great amateur stargazing; based on satellite images of Pennsylvania, the park offers the darkest skies in the state. 814/435-5010.
Colton Point, on the western rim of the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon, five miles south of Route 6 at Ansonia. Directly across the Pine Creek Gorge from Leonard Harrison State Park. Hiking, picnicking, fishing, scenic views. 570/724-3061.
The 19.2-mile Pine Creek Rail-Trail lies along the bottom of the scenic Pennsylvania Grand Canyon. Two state parks border the tree-lined canyon, Colton Point to the west and Leonard Harrison to the east.|
Denton Hill, Route 6, Potter County. Smack in the middle of Northern Pennsylvania's snow belt, the park is best known for its skiing, snowboarding, tubing and snowboarding facilities. 814/435-2115. www.skidenton.com.
Hills Creek, just north of Route 6, midway between Wellsboro and Mansfield. Camping area open the second Friday in April through the third weekend in October. Camping cottages, cabins and yurts (Mongolian-style tents); picnicking, hiking, winter ice-fishing, boating. 888/PA-PARKS.
Leonard Harrison, on the eastern rim of the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon. Take Route 660 west from Wellsboro for 10 miles. Camping, hiking, fishing. Views of the Pine Creek Gorge. Just across the gorge from Colton Point State Park. 570/724-3061.
Lyman Run, 15 miles east of Coudersport and seven miles west of Galeton. Boating, fishing, camping, swimming, hiking, picnicking. 814/435-5010.
Mount Pisgah, two miles north of Route 6, between Troy and Towanda. A scenic lake at the base of Mount Pisgah offers fishing, boating and skating. Hiking trails, a nature center, swimming pool, and park pavilions. Adjacent to the park are Mt. Pisgah County Park and State Game Land 289. 570/297-2734.
Steven Foster Lake, named for the composer of "Oh! Susanna" and "Camptown Races," is an inviting sight at Mount Pisgah State Park in Bradford County, Pa.|
Ole Bull, Route 144, 18 miles south of Galeton and 26 miles north of Renovo. Camping year-round. Swimming, fishing, hiking, special events. 814/435-5000.
Patterson State Park, 6.5 miles south of Sweden Valley on PA Route 44. Surrounded by the Susquehannock State Forest, the park provides access to cross-country ski and snowmobile trails. The Susquehannock Trail System, consisting of 85 miles of hiking trails, passes through the park. Primitive overnight camping facilities, picnic tables, pavilion, mountain bike trail. 814/435-5010.
Prouty Place, five miles southwest of PA Route 44 along Long Toe Road. Hunting, fishing and hiking within the surrounding Susquehannock State Forest. 814/435-5010.
The National Park Service Park Net has extensive information on sites across the country: www.nps.gov/. The Web site is searchable by state or region.
Women's Rights National Historic Park, 136 Fall St., Seneca Falls. Park visitor center open all year. Commemorates the First Women's Rights Convention and the early leaders of the women's rights movement. Historic sites include: home of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, organizer and leader of the women's rights movement, the Wesleyan Chapel, site of the First Women's Rights Convention, Declaration Park with a 100-foot long waterwall engraved with the Declaration of Sentiments and more. 315/568-2991. www.nps.gov/wori/index.htm.
Steamtown National Historic Site, Scranton, Pa. Open year-round. The only place in the National Park System where the story of steam railroading, and the people who made it possible, is told. Excursions (June-October), exhibits, special December Christmas-themed "Polar Express" event. 888/693-9391. www.nps.gov/stea.
Finger Lakes National Forest, the only national forest land in New York state, is located on 16,036 acres in northeast Schuyler and southern Seneca counties. Three developed campgrounds, user fees. Rest of forest area also open for camping; no permit/fee required for activities. More than 30 miles of trails, fishing ponds, fruit and berry picking, hunting, bird watching. 607/546-4470. www.fs.fed.us/r9/gmfl/recreation%20 management/nyrecreationindex.htm.
Bristol Woodlands Campground, South Hill Road, Bristol. Open May 1 to Oct. 30. Campsites, Fishing pond, hiking, playground, pool, Civil War program first week in August, seasonal sites available, pavilion, store, activities, showers. 716/229-2290, or 716/396-1417.
Camp Bell Campgrounds, Route 415, one mile from Route 17 Exit 41, Campbell. Cabin and tent sites, limited grocery store, playground, swimming, showers. Visa/Mastercard. 607/527-3301.
Canandaigua-Rochester KOA Kampground, Farmington Town Line Road, off Route 332, Canandaigua. Open April 1 to Nov. 1. Cabin, tent and RV sites. Restaurant, mini golf, arcade, paddle boats, swimming, fishing, playground, limited grocery store. 1,800-square-foot pavilion with live music on holidays. Kids activities. Visa/Mastercard. 800/KOA-0533, 716-398-3582.
Conesus Lake Campground, East Lake Road off Route 15, Conesus. Cabins, tent and RV sites. Fishing, boating, recreation program, indoor heated pool, playground, trailers, showers. Visa/Mastercard. 716/346-5472.
Ferenbaugh Campsites, Route 414, five miles north of Corning. Open April 15 to Oct. 15. Wooded tent and RV site. Two cabins, hiking trails, playground, showers, limited grocery store with camp supplies, game room. 607/962-6193.
Havana Glen Park, Route 14 South, Montour Falls. Open May 15 to Oct. 15. Tent and RV sites. Offers hiking trails ending at beautiful Eagle Cliff Falls with views of rare plant life along the way. Also a playground and picnic pavilion. 607/535-9476.
Hickory Hill Camping Resort, off Route 54N, Bath. Open May 1 to Oct. 28. Cabins, tent and RV sites. Swimming, pond fishing, playground, mini golf, pavilion, showers. Visa/Mastercard/Discover. 607/776-4345. www.hickoryhillcampresort.com.
Holiday Hill Campground, Walker Road off Route 15, Spring Water, follow the signs. Open May through October. Cabins and trailer rentals, tent and RV sites. Swimming pool, fishing ponds, big screen movies, hiking, mini golf, basketball, arcade, full convenience store with camp supplies and video rentals, recreation hall with special activities. Mastercard/Visa/Discover. 716/669-2600. http://holidayhillcampground.com.
Lake View Campsites, Route 54, 12 miles south of Penn Yan. Open May 15 to Oct. 1. Tent and RV sites. Rustic campground with a view overlooking Keuka Lake. Hiking trails and picnic area. Seasonal rates available. 607/292-6563.
Municipal Campground and Marina, Marina Drive off Route 14, Montour Falls. Open April 15 to Oct. 15. Campsites, boat launch on Old Barge Canal, picnic pavilions, baseball, playground, camp supply store, showers. 607/535-9397.
Oak Orchard Marina and Campground, Route 89N, Seneca Falls. Open May 1 to Oct. 1. Cabins, tent and RV sites. Adjacent to the Montezuma Wildlife Refuge. Fishing on a 3,000-foot riverfront, hiking, boat launch, boat rentals, recreation hall, playground, showers, laundry. Visa/Mastercard. 315/365-3000. http://oakorchard.com.
Paradise Park Campground, off Route 14A, five miles north of Watkins Glen in Reading Center. Open May 1 to Oct. 1. Cabins, tent and RV sites. Pond fishing, mini golf, playground, swimming, showers, store, laundry. Special activities each weekend. Visa/Mastercard/Discover. 607/535-6600.
Park Station Recreation Center, Laurel Hill Road, Erin. Open year-round for camping. Swimming available from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Hiking, fishing, boating, playground, baseball field, volleyball court, horseshoes, showers. 607/739-9164.
Ridgewood Campgrounds, Route 89, Ovid. Open May 1 to Oct. 15. Tent and RV sites overlooking Cayuga Lake. Rental trailers, boat launch nearby, fishing pond, mini golf, camp store, playground, recreation hall, arcade. 607/869-9787.
Smith Park & Campground on Seneca Lake, off Route 414, Hector. Open May 1 to Sept. 1. Campsites, 2,000-foot shoreline for boating, swimming and hiking. 607/546-9911.
Spruce Row Campsite and RV Resort, between Routes 89 and 96, seven miles north of Ithaca. Open May 1 to Oct. 8. Cabins, tent and RV sites and rentals, hiking, fishing, swimming pool, playground, mini golf, paddleboat rentals, hayrides, arcade, limited grocery and camp supply store, showers. Visa/Mastercard/Discover. 607/387-9225. www.sprucerow.com.
Wagon Wheel Campground, Presler Road, Prattsburgh. Open May 1 to Oct. 15. Tent and RV sites. Swimming pool, fishing pond, recreation hall, game room, hiking, playground, camp supply store, showers, laundry. Special activities. Camper sales. 607/522-3270. www.wagonwheelcamp.com.
Watkins Glen-Corning KOA, Route 414, 4.5 miles south of Watkins Glen, 14 miles north of Corning. Open April 20 to Nov. 1. Hiking trails, fishing, playground, pool, store, mini golf. Mastercard/Visa/Discover. 800/KOA-7430. www.watkinsglenkoa.com.
Wigwam Keuka Lake Campground, Esperanza Road, Bluff Point. Open May 16 to Oct. 15. Two cabins, campsites, seasonal sites, family campground with a view of Keuka Lake. Fishing pond, swimming pool, playground, hayrides on Saturday nights, limited grocery store. 315/536-6352. wigwamkeukalakecampground.com.
Yawger Brook Family Campsites, Benham Road, five miles west of Auburn. Open May 1 to Oct. 31. Tent and RV sites. Convenient access to Cayuga Lake, Montezuma Wildlife Refuge and fall hunting. Excellent fishing in trout stream and bass ponds. Swimming pool, hiking, baseball, horseshoes, showers. 315/252-8969.