The Best Camping in New York

Looking for the best camping in New York? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around New York. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top camping spots in and near New York

  • Hunt, New York

    Hike the Gorge Trail in Letchworth State Park

    5.0
    7 mi
    There are over 66 miles of trails to explore at Letchworth State Park; however, the most popular and the one I chose is the Gorge Trail. This trail runs 7 miles from point-to-point passing by three lovely waterfalls. It travels parallel to the main road for the majority of the hike. You can star...
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  • Tuxedo Park, New York

    Backpack Harriman State Park

    4.7
    18 mi / 1200 ft gain
    While the first day is a bit longer and less exciting in terms of frequent landmarks, its a relaxing hike through rocky, wooded, forest among bountiful blueberry bushes and the occasional raspberry bush. Enjoy the isolation on this leg. The second day is packed with frequent and beautiful landmar...
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  • Trumansburg, New York

    Hike the Gorge Trail to the Base of Taughannock Falls

    4.8
    1.5 mi / 0 ft gain
    The trailhead is located right off NY Route 89 with plenty of parking just across the street from it. Be sure to take your camera and tripod because these 215 ft tall falls are a sight to see! The hike to the base of the falls is a very easy 1.5 miles out and back. In the summer months the trail ...
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  • Stony Point, New York

    Camp in Harriman-Bear Mountain State Parks

    Between them, neighboring Harriman and Bear Mountain State Parks have everything that's needed for an outdoor adventure – the modestly sized Bear Mountain State Park has all the amenities, tucked beneath a looming granite mountain, while the massive Harriman State Park offers inexhaustible trails...
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  • Patchogue, New York

    Camp at Fire Island's Watch Hill

    4.0
    2 mi
    If departing from NYC, catch the early LIRR train from Penn Station (or Atlantic Terminal) towards Patchogue. You may have to transfer at both Jamaica & Babylon, but it's an easy hop across the platform. Trip will take approximately an hour and a half and cost around $15, Off Peak, each way. ...
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  • Lake Placid, New York

    Hike Wright, Algonquin, and Iroquois Mountains

    5.0
    Although a bit strenuous this loop climb up the MacIntyre Range is one of the most beautiful climbs in all the High Peaks. I suggest that you travel past Marcy Dam to Avalanche Lake and ascend the range in that direction as the trail from Lake Colden up to the ridge is very steep and best climbed...
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  • Elka Park, New York

    Backpack the Eastern Half of Devil's Path in the Catskill Mountains

    5.0
    14 mi / 3900 ft gain
    The Eastern half of Devil's Path has four major summits: Indian Head, Twin, Sugarloaf and Plateau. Each summit is a straight climb up and down, then back up to as much as 3,900 ft. There are some sparse sections of level ground, but most is a steep descent uphill or steep slide downhill. Your ...
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  • Phoenicia, New York

    Hike Mt. Wittenberg

    4.3
    Looking for a great day hike in the Catskill region of NY? Then you should definitely look into and consider tackling Mt. Wittenberg then. A challenging climb up but a very rewarding summit view.Starting at Woodland Valley Campgrounds visitor registration house (where you can pay for parking for ...
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  • Newfield, New York

    Hike Treman State Park

    5.0
    3 mi / -400 ft gain
    Starting in the parking area, choose which direction of the loop to take (all of which will take you to Lucifer Falls). You can choose to do a shorter, 1 - mile loop around the falls, or go further to the lower section of the park (approximately 3 miles).There is also a campground conveniently l...
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  • Lake Placid, New York

    Hike Phelps and Tabletop Peaks

    12.6 mi / 3300 ft gain
    The Adirondack Loj is a BEAUTIFUL place to go to, even if you do not plan on hiking. Located just ten minutes outside of the famous Lake Placid, you do not want to miss visiting this alluring Loj in the woods.Starting from Lot number 1 from the Adk Loj, begin hiking the 2.1 miles to Marcy Dam. Th...
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  • Elka Park, New York

    Backpack Devil's Path in the Catskills

    24.2 mi / 9000 ft gain
    Devil's Path is roughly more than 24 miles long, althought it feels like an eternity of milage. Going thru the summits of Indian head, Twin, Sugarloaf, Plateau, Hunter, and Westkill Mountains.Its brutal. Its painful, Its unique. Be prepared for anything and everything. You will encounter wild lif...
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  • Wells, New York

    Hike to Auger Falls

    4.0
    Augers Falls is a not so well kept secret in the Wells/Speculator area of the Adirondacks. It's usually not very crowded but the people that go to take it in come from far and wide. It's an easy family friendly hike (and that includes furry family, just keep them on leash) that offers some fantas...
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  • Indian Lake, New York

    Hike Snowy Mountain Fire Tower

    4.7
    7.5 mi / 2142 ft gain
    Snowy Mountain is the largest mountain in this region of the Adirondacks, and with a 2100'+ elevation gain over the 3.5 mile ascent is actually more work than some of the famed High Peaks. Going north on Rt 30, the parking lot is marked as Snowy Mountain on the right hand side. If you make it to ...
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  • Lake Placid, New York

    Hike Mount Jo

    4.7
    This short hike offers exceptional views, perfect for late night sunsets and early morning sunrises. Take a lunch date to the summit and enjoy overlooking Heart Lake and New York's highest peak, Mt. Marcy. The trail to Mt. Jo trailhead is located at the enterance station near the parking lot at t...
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  • Calverton, New York

    Camp at Wildwood State Park

    5.0
    With a beach on Long Island Sound, forested hikes, and reliable amenities, Wildwood State Park is a great spot for a weekend of outdoor activities, easily accessible by public transportation. The Yellow Trail, a 3.8 mile loop, is a great way to tour the park, with many rest stops along the way. S...
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  • Brooktondale, New York

    Camp at the Shindagin Hollow Lean-To

    4.5
    1 mi / 150 ft gain
    From the parking spot on Prospect Valley Rd., cross the footbridge as part of the Finger Lakes Trail due East. The trail will be marked with white blazes. As you follow the blazes you will hike up for about 0.5 miles, increasing elevation by about 150ft, and then down 30-50 ft for 0.2 miles befo...
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