Call me Katydid and my daughter Tulip because we are just freshly back from Girl Scout Camp. I love to camp and Sandra (aka Tulip) had a great time too. The Finger Lakes Region offers tons of camping options- from RVing to tent camping to “glamping” – so one need not be a Scout to enjoy nature. And since it is only mid-summer, there is still plenty of time yet this season to try to get out there.
The parks system operated by NYS Parks offers over 8500 campsites across the state. Sites range from a flat spot for pitching a tent to hook-ups for an RV, and offer communal bathrooms, fire pits, and picnic tables at most spots. Many of our parks also offer either rustic cabins with no water or electricity, or basic cabins which do have those things. Check out the webpage for more information on staying at one of our great NYS parks: https://parks.ny.gov/.
Campgrounds and RV Parks
Dotted across the region are a series of campgrounds and RV parks, most privately owned, that offer many of the above camping options, but also have recreation halls, swimming pools, and playgrounds for children. Some offer themed weekends and organized activities or are situation near popular destinations or events. Cheerful Valley Campground in Phelps has free vintage fire truck rides for campers, while Bristol Woodlands Campground in Canandaigua is located near Bristol Mountain Aerial Adventures Park for easy day-time access. Swimmers and that those that like to fish will enjoy Clute Memorial Park and Campground which is located just across from Seneca Lake in Watkins Glen.
For more information about Cheerful Valley Campground, visit cheerfulvalleycampground.com. For more information regarding Bristol Woodlands Campground, visit bristolwoodlands.com. For more information on Clute Memorial Park and Campground, visit watkinsglen.us. For more information on Back-Achers Campsites, visit backacherscampsites.com