The weather’s warming up and we’re making vacation plans and reserving our places before everything is booked out – including an annual boys’ trip! Why not celebrate Father’s Day this year by grabbing your camping gear and heading out on a father and son adventure in the stunning wilderness of New York State. We’ve narrowed down the best spots to set up camp and explore.
Cranberry Lake Campground in the Adirondacks
243 Lone Pine Road, Cranberry Lake, NY 12927
This campsite at Cranberry Lake sits is surrounded by loads of great walking trails such as the Bear Mountain Trail (approx. 2.4 miles) and The Cranberry Lake Wild Forest walk. It’s a truly peaceful and isolated spot for a good few days of hiking, trout fishing and lake swimming.
The camp opened on May 19 for the summer. https://newyorkstateparks.reserveamerica.com
1009 N Franklin St, Watkins Glen, NY 14891
The Watkins Glen campsite allows both tents and RVs (you can also rent a cabin) and it’s a great choice for dads with younger sons as there’s an Olympic-size swimming pool and a playground (for rest days from hiking and exploring the wilderness).
There’s plenty to do here, from fishing at Seneca Lake to taking shuttle bus to the top of waterfalls that flow down through the Gorge Trail.
Campsite opened on May 11 and you can book spots at: https://newyorkstateparks.reserveamerica.com
Letchworth State Park
Castile, NY 14427 (35 miles south of Rochester)
There are 339 bookable sites and cabins set amongst parklands – and there’s so much to see and do. For true adventurers, there’s white-water rafting along the cascading Genesee River, kayaking or hot-air ballooning. The facilities are great and include a swimming pool (open from late June), playgrounds and a museum and visitor center. Guided hikes and the bird conservation area are also popular.
Campsite is open all year round. Reserve a site at: https://newyorkstateparks.reserveamerica.com
North Pole Resort at Wilmington
5644 NYS Route 86, Wilmington, New York 12997
North Pole Resort is nestled on the banks of the Ausable River in the Adirondack Mountains, with Whiteface Mountain just 2 miles down the road.
It’s a great base for a few days of biking, hiking and boating plus on-site activities include mini golf, pedal carting, two outdoor pools and two playgrounds.
Glimmerglass State Park
1527 County Highway 31, Cooperstown, NY 13326
Right on the edge of Otsego Lake, Glimmerglass is another beautiful State park with fab camping facilities. There are plenty of short, well-marked hiking trails that are suitable for youngsters and lake swimming is essential (when it’s warm enough). There’s also a lovely beach area with picnic areas as well as a playground.
Campsite is open all year round
Book a site at: https://newyorkstateparks.reserveamerica.com