8 Best RV Campgrounds In New York State That You Will Love

Tom and Buddy our Golden Retriever camping in the Catskills

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Last Updated on August 10, 2021 by Lori

Camping in New York has to be one of our favorite places to camp! Whether you are looking for campgrounds with beautiful views of the mountains, alongside rivers, lakes, in the woods, or you want to camp in open fields looking up at the stars, New York State campgrounds have it all!

Fall camping at Sleepy Hollow Campgrounds
Fall Camping in the Catskill Mountains on New York. Photo by L. Andrews

We have camped in many upstate New York campgrounds in the Adirondack Mountains, the Catskill Mountain area, and western New York. Each has something different to offer, and we loved camping at them all!

If you have always wanted to plan a camping trip to New York State, here are our top picks for the Best RV Campgrounds in New York!

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RV campsite at Sleepy Hollow Campgrounds New York
RV camping by the river at Sleepy Hollow Campground, Phoenicia, NY – Photo by L. Andrews

Best Camping In New York

Where are the Best RV Campgrounds in New York? They are all over New York State! There are many beautiful state parks and private campgrounds to choose from!

It’s all in what you are looking for in a campground.

Here are our top picks of some of our favorite New York campgrounds that I know you will love too!

  1. Old Forge Camping Resort, Old Forge, NY
  2. North Pole Resorts, Wilmington, NY
  3. Houghton-Letchworth KOA, Houghton, NY
  4. Sleepy Hollow Campground, Phoenicia, NY
  5. Rip Van Winkle Campground, Saugerties, NY
  6. Skyway Camping Resort, Greenfield Park, NY
  7. Nickerson Park Campground, Gilboa, NY
  8. Adirondack Camping Village, Lake George, NY

RV Camping In New York

Camping in New York State is beautiful any time of year, but you should be aware that most campgrounds are closed between October – May

There are some year-round campgrounds, however, that cater to winter sports lovers!

One of our favorites is Old Forge Camping Resort in the Adirondack Region of New York.

1. Old Forge Camping Resort – Old Forge, NY

Old Forge Camping Resort
Old Forge Camping Resort – Site #721 Photo by L. Andrews

Old Forge Camping Resort has over 400 sites set on 130 acres with a private lake.

Lake Serene is perfect for swimming, paddle boats, and canoes. You can even take your pet for a walk around the lake on the nature trail! 

Lake Serene Old Forge Camping Resort
Lake Serene onsite at Old Forge Camping Resort – Photo by L. Andrews

We found our RV site – #721 – to be large and spacious. As you can see in the photo above, the site was mostly dirt so we were happy that we had our RV mat! But – that was about the only thing we wished was a little different about our site!

This large campground has many planned activities for kids plus there is a convenient path from the campground to the nearby waterpark!

Cute camping cabins offered another way to camp at Old Forge.

camping cabins at Old Forge New York
Old Forge Resort Camping Cabins – Photo by L. Andrews

We liked the location of the campground because it was near downtown Old Forge and close to hiking and kayaking.

Kayaking near Old Forge, NY
Kayaking near Old Forge, NY. Photo by T. Andrews

Old Forge Camping Resort – Old Forge, NY

Location: Adirondack Region – New York

  • Year-Round Camping
  • Dogs welcome
  • Kids activities
  • Swimming pond
  • Paddle boats
  • Canoes
  • Nature trail around Lake Serene private lake
  • Full Hook-up; /W/E only; lakefront full hookup
  • RV sites, tent sites, cabin camping

Read our Full Review of Old Forge Camping Resort!

Camping In Upstate New York

If you love the mountains and are looking for camping in upstate New York, you will LOVE the High Peaks Region of the Adirondacks!

There are so many things to do in this area of the Adirondacks that we recommend at least 3-4 days to experience everything.

Pro-Tip – Here’s a 4-Day itinerary of the Best Things To See In The Adirondacks

2. North Pole Resorts – Wilmington, NY

Ausable River at North Pole Resorts
View of the Ausable River at North Pole Resorts, Wilmington, NY – Photo by L. Andrews

North Pole Resorts not only has two campgrounds to choose from, but there are camping cabins, cottages, a motel and it is in the perfect location for many popular activities!

We camped in the 100-Acre campground section for four days which was just the right amount of time to experience everything there was to see in the area.

100 Acre Woods Entrance North Pole Resorts

Places you don’t want to miss are Santa’s Workshop, hiking up Whiteface Mountain, High Falls Gorge, Lake Placid, and Ausable Chasm.

The 100-Acre Woods Section of the campground is across the street from the resort and is known as “Big Rig Friendly” because of its large sites.

Wooded sites at North Pole Resorts
Big Rig Friendly sites at North Pole Resorts, Wilmington, NY – Photo by L. Andrews

We enjoyed our private wooded full hook-up RV site and taking our golden retriever for walks throughout the campground.

travel trailer camping site North Pole Resorts
North Pole Resorts, Wilmington, NY – Photo by L. Andrews

North Pole Resorts – Wilmington, NY

Location: High Peaks Region Adirondacks

  • Big Rig Friendly
  • Full Hook-up sites, w/e sites, some lakefront sites
  • Dogs Welcome (small fee)
  • Kids activities
  • Two swimming pools
  • Mini-golf
  • RV sites, tent sites, cabin camping, lodge, log home

Read our Full Review of Why We Loved Camping At North Pole Resorts

RV Camping In Western New York State

One of our favorite New York camping trips was to the western region of New York State and Letchworth State Park.

Known as the “Grand Canyon of the East”, Letchworth State Park has three amazing waterfalls you need to see to believe!

Lower Falls area Letchworth State Park
Lower Falls At Letchworth State Park, NY. Photo by L. Andrews

Read more about our trip to Letchworth State Park!

The park also has RV sites and camping cabins to camp inside the park; however, the summer we visited, all camping facilities were closed.

That’s when we found a great campground just a few minutes down the road – Houghton Letchworth KOA.

3. Houghton/Letchworth KOA, Houghton, NY

Houghton Letchworth KOA
Letchworth/Houghton KOA, Houghton, NY – Photo by L. Andrews

We loved the large, full hook-up RV sites and the privacy each site had.

There is an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, several playgrounds for the kids, and a catch and release pond.

Playground at Houghton Letchworth KOA
Houghton/Letchworth KOA playground – Photo by L. Andrews

The campground is the perfect location for visiting Letchworth State Park.

It’s just a few miles down the road, so you can spend the day at the park, go back to the campground for dinner and drive back to see the fireworks at the park!

Looking for cabin camping? Houghton/Letchworth KOA has several types of cabins perfect for families!

camping cabins at houghton letchworth koa
Camping Cabins at Houghton/Letchworth KOA – Photo by L. Andrews

Houghton-Letchworth KOA, Houghton, NY

Location: Western New York Region

  • Full Hook-ups
  • RV Camping, Cabin Camping
  • Dogs Welcome – Dog Agility Park
  • Kids activities
  • Indoor/outdoor pool
  • Game Room/Arcade
  • Catch & release pond
  • WiFi
  • Cable

Read our Full Review of Houghton/Letchworth KOA

Camping in the Catskill Region of New York

The very first campground we experienced in New York was Sleepy Hollow Campgrounds in Phoenicia.

We were in awe of this beautiful campground surrounded by views of the Catskill Mountains.

4. Sleepy Hollow Campground, Phoenicia, NY

Sleepy Hollow Campgrounds
Sleepy Hollow Campground, Phoenicia, NY – Photo by L. Andrews

Most of the RV sites are parallel to the Esopus River where you can fish, tube or just sit by the campfire listening to the rushing sounds of the river – all night long!

RV Campsite along the river
RV campsites along the Esopus River at Sleepy Hollow Campground – Photo by L. Andrews

Sites are W/E only – no full hook-up. There are a few RV sites throughout the campground that have greywater.

Sleepy Hollow Campground remains one of our very favorite campgrounds in New York.

Family camping at Sleepy Hollow Campgrounds
Andrews Family camping at Sleepy Hollow Campground, Phoenicia, NY Photo by L. Andrews

If you’re looking for a nice quiet campground in the heart of the Catskills, then Sleepy Hollow Campground should be on your list!

Sleepy Hollow Campground, Phoenicia, NY

Location: Catskills Region, NY

  • RV sites, Tent Sites
  • 20/30/50 amp
  • W/E only (no full hookup)
  • Some grey water sites available
  • Fishing
  • Tubing
  • Swimming
  • Horseshoes
  • Hiking nearby

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5. Rip Van Winkle Campgrounds, Saugerties, NY

Rip Van Winkle Campgrounds Site 26
Rip Van Winkle RV Campsite, Saugerties, NY – Photo by L. Andrews

If you love camping in the woods, Rip Van Winkle Campgrounds is the perfect RV campground.

The campground has lots of family activities that will keep the kids occupied all day long!

We found the large wooded RV sites at Rip Van Winkle Campgrounds to be private and peaceful.

Kids love swimming in the old fashion swimming hole, watching movies in the evening on the large outdoor movie screen, large swimming pool and the soft served ice cream!

We loved biking through the trails of the campground and taking our golden retriever for nature walks.

Trails at Rip Van Winkle
Hiking and Biking Trails at Rip Van Winkle Campgrounds, Catskills, NY Photo by L. Andrews

Rip Van Winkle Campgrounds, Saugerties, NY

Location: Catskills Region, NY

  • RV Sites, Tent Sites, Camping Cabins
  • Private Wooded RV Sites
  • 30/50 amp sites
  • Full Hookup
  • Dogs Welcome
  • Free WiFi
  • Cable TV
  • Game Room/Arcade
  • Swimming Pool
  • Old Fashioned
  • Swimming Hole
  • R/C Tracks
  • Playgrounds
  • Pedal Boats

Read our Full Review of Rip Van Winkle Campgrounds

6. Skyway Camping Resort, Greenfield Park, NY

travel trailer in RV site at Skyway Camping Resort
RV Site W-1 at Skyway Camping Resort, NY. Photo by L. Andrews

Skyway Camping Resort has to be one of the cleanest campgrounds we have ever camped in! 

The campground has received a 10/10 Rating from Good Sam for quite a few years now, and the honor is well-deserved!

There are tons of activities for both kids and adults with a swimming pool, hot tub, and a lake for paddle boats.

pond at Skyway Camping Resort
Pond at Skyway Camping Resort. Photo by L. Andrews

We found the RV sites to be spacious, level, and mostly gravel.

We also enjoyed the placement of the fire rings so that you aren’t staring at your camping neighbor all night long!

Driving through Skyway Camping Resort
RV sites at Skyway Camping Resort, Greenfield Park, NY. Photo by L. Andrews

The campground is close to many popular hiking areas, so you will want to book early!

Skyway Camping Resort, Greenfield Park, NY

Location: Catskill Mountain Region, NY

  • RV sites, tent sites
  • 30/50 amp
  • Dogs Welcome (Dog run)
  • Toddler Romper Room
  • Fitness Workout Room
  • Giant Sun Deck
  • Scenic Pond
  • Cable TV
  • FREE Wi-Fi
  • Solar Heated Olympic Swimming Pool
  • Hot Tub / Spa
  • Game Room / Video Arcade
  • Fishing
  • Paddle Boats, Kayaks & Rowboats
  • Handball
  • Planned Activities

Read our Full Review of Skyway Camping Resort

7. Nickerson Park Campground, Gilboa, NY

A little further north and west in the Catskills, in Gilboa, NY, you will find a fun campground for the entire family – Nickerson Park Campground.

morning view at Nickerson Park Campground

This campground is over 100 acres with large, spacious RV sites.

There are tons of hiking trails in this area – with one leading from the campground to Minekill State Park.

Falls at Mine Kill State Park

If you love caves and caverns, Howe Caverns has been a family favorite for years and is not far from the campground.

It makes the perfect day trip for the entire family.

We loved the large RV sites and full hookup. We camped in the open field and had amazing views of the stars.

Campsite at Nickerson Park Campground
RV site at Nickerson Park Campground, Gilboa, NY. Photo by L. Andrews

We also enjoyed the live music playing at the pavilion while sitting at our campsite.

Kids loved the inground pool, the huge waterslide, and playing in the Schoharie River.

campground amenities at Nickerson Park Campground
Waterslide at Nickerson Park Campground, Gilboa, NY. Photo by L. Andrews

Whether you love camping in a field or in the woods, Nickerson Park Campground is a great campground to consider!

wooded RV Sites at Nickerson Park Campground
Wooded RV Sites at Nickerson Park Campground, Gilboa, NY Photo by L. Andrews

Nickerson Park Campground, Gilboa, NY

Location: Catskill Mountains, NY

  • RV Sites, tent sites
  • Rustic (no hookups), W/E sites, Full Hookup
  • Cable
  • Dogs Welcome
  • Hiking Trails
  • Fishing
  • Swimming Pool
  • Water slide
  • Wagon Rides
  • Campground Activities
  • Huge Playgrounds

Read our Full Review of Nickerson Park Campground.

Camping Near Lake George, NY

One of the top vacation spots in New York is the Lake George region. The area is also known as one of the best places to camp in New York!

If you’re looking for a large campground with many planned kid’s activities, some of the popular campgrounds you might consider are Lake George Escape or Moose Hillock Camping Resorts.

However, I want to tell you about one of the Best Kept Secrets of another top-rated campground –

Adirondack Camping Village.

Adirondack Camping Village, Lake George, NY

Adirondack Camping Village Resort Campground
Entrance To Adirondack Camping Village, Lake George, NY. Photo by L. Andrews

Adirondack Camping Village is only two (2) miles from downtown Lake George!

The campground has wooded sites with some larger than others so be sure to ask when making your reservation. 

Lake George Camping
Wooded Back-in RV site at Adirondack Camping Village Lake George, NY. Photo by L. Andrews

Many of the RV Sites are located “up the hill” from the campground office so be prepared to drive your RV or travel trailer up a hill.

Our back-in RV site was located on the side of the hill and we found to be a little tricky to maneuver when backing in.

travel trailer set up at Adirondack Camping Village Lake George
RV camping site at Adirondack Camping Village. Photo by L. Andrews

Another thing to note is that the sites are mostly sand.

I happened to read a review prior to our arrival so we were prepared. Other than the sand we would definitely camp here again if in the area.

Adirondack Camping Village has RV sites, tent sites, and camping cabins.

There are two pools, a game room, and a playground.

heated swimming pools at Lake George campground
Two swimming pools at Adirondack Camping Village, Lake George, NY. Photo by L. Andrews

Natural Stone Bridge & Caves is a must-see in the area and not a far drive from the campground!

Since Adirondack Camping Village is only two miles from downtown Lake George it’s just a quick trip into Lake George! 

Camping Cabins Adirondack Camping Village
Camping Cabins at Adirondack Camping Village, Lake George, NY. Photo by L. Andrews

Adirondack Camping Village, Lake George, NY

Location: Lake George Region

  • RV sites, tent sites, camping cabins
  • Full Hookup
  • Dogs Welcome
  • Two Heated swimming pools
  • Playground
  • Outdoor movies
  • Hayrides
  • Nature Trails
  • Game Room

Read our Full Review of Adirondack Camping Village

If you love camping but have never camped in New York, you will LOVE this list of the Best RV Campgrounds In New York State.

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2 comments

  1. NY also has some beautiful State Parks as well, we tend to prefer them and we do not usually want or need all the hookups. Dry camping is our favorite since that is usually where the most relaxed and serene parks are.

    1. Hi Carol! Yes, NY State Park campgrounds are beautiful and very popular! If you love to dry camp you will definitely find NY state parks some of the most beautiful camping you can find. Thanks for writing in!

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