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RV Camping and Campgrounds In New York

When it comes to RV camping, New York offers the RVer just about every type of camping opportunity imaginable. US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has several water containment projects great for RV camping, National Forest campgrounds feature rustic RV campsites, and both state and county parks offer both rustic and hookup RV camping sites. There are private RV parks located throughtout New York, and even New York City parks offer completely free camping by reservation on summer weekends.

New York Private RV Parks and Campgrounds

Private RV Parks - Research tool for finding the best private RV parks and campgrounds in New York.

Federal RV Camping Information

  • US Forest Service - USFS information about the Finger Lakes National Forest in New York. Dispersed camping is encouraged, and developed campgrounds offer rustic RV camping.
  • US Army Corps of Engineers - USACE/COE information about Corps lakes and campgrounds in New York.
  • National Park Service - There are no NPS camping facilities in New York. This link is provided for RV camping trip planning as many RVers will want to visit these locations.

State RV Camping Information

  • New York State Parks - RV campng is available throughout New York's state park system.
  • New York DEC - The NY Department of Environmental Conservation operates 51 campgrounds in the Adirondack and Catskill state parks. Primitive camping is permitted on most other DEC managed lands in New York. Check regulations carefully.
  • New York State Tourism Website - Where to go, and what to do in New York. Includes RV camping suggestions.

Campground Reservations

Camping Reservations - Make your campground reservation in advance and your campsite will be waiting for you when you arrive.

New York RV Dump Stations

New York City Free Camping

One unique opportunity we are aware of is the free camping program in New York City. This reservation only summer camping program is completely free. Tents, food, everything is included. Sleep under the stars without packing your equipment for a long trip. More Information.

County Park RV Camping and Campgrounds

Often overlooked, New York county parks offer some great RV camping destinations. To find New York county campgrounds on the Internet, we suggest you search for... ny county park campground. The following are only a few examples of New York county park RV camping locations.

BREWERTON Brewerton RV Camping Location Map
RV camping is available at Oneida Shores Park. The family friendly campground, the closest to I81 in the Northeast, is ideally suited to late spring, summer and early fall RV camping. Water and 30 amp electric RV campsites available.

LISLE Lisle RV Camping Location Map
RV camping with water and electric hookups is available at Broome counties Greenwood Park. The lake is stocked with trout for the fisherman, and there are activities for the whole family. A great RV camping destination.

NASSAU COUNTY Nassau County RV Camping Location 

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RV camping is available at two Nassau County Parks.

SUFFOLK COUNTY Suffolk County RV Camping Location 

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RV camping is available at several Suffolk County Parks. Located on the east end of Long Island, these family campgrounds offer a wide range of activities including hiking, fishing, biking, playgrounds and more. Some campgrounds are limited to county residents only.

WEBSTER Webster RV Camping Location Map
Located along Lake Ontario, Monroe County offers the Webster Park Campground. This 550 acre park offers water and electric RV hookup campsites. 50 amp electric and dump station available.

Public Campground Locations

New York public campgrounds make great RV camping destinations. The following are just an example of the many RV camping locations available in New York.

BARKER Barker RV Camping Location Map
Golden Hill State Park is available for RV camping. 59 campsites to choose from with some electric sites available.

CATSKILL & ADIRONDACK Adirondack State Park RV 

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  • Adirondack State Park is unique and encompasses 1/3 of New York. DEC (Dept of Environmental Conservation) operates dozens of campgrounds that make great RV camping destinations.
  • The Catskill Region offers forested mountains; narrow, winding valleys; rushing streams and rivers. The 600,000 acres of the Catskill Park has several campgrounds ideal for RV camping.
DEC camgrounds and RV camping in Adirondock and Catskill Parks... More Information.

HECTOR Hector RV Camping Location Map
The US Forest Service Blueberry Patch Campground is available for RV camping. Nine first come first serve campsites with fire pits and picnic tables. Suitable for small RVs only.

RIVERHEAD Riverhead RV Camping Location Map
Suffolk County offers the Indian Island Campground. Activities include hiking, picnicking, camping, fishing, an activity field, and a playground. A great RV camping destination.

SIDNEY Sidney RV Camping Location Map
RV camping is available at the USACE (US Army Corps of Engineers) East Sidney Lake. The town of Sidney maintains and operates the East Sidney Recreation Area. Beach, picnic area, playground, campground, and boat launch.

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Federal Public Land
RV Camping Information

USFS (US Forest Service) - Describes USFS policies and rules about RV camping. Information about dispersed camping, and tips on how to find great free RV camping sites.

NPS (National Park Service) - General information about RV camping and campgrounds in US National Parks. With campgrounds in the most historic and scenic places in the country, the NPS offers some of the best places for RV camping.

USACE/COE (US Army Corp of Engineers) - USACE (perhaps better know as COE) manages water recreation areas throughout the USA. Information about finding USACE lakes, RV camping possibilities, and rules and policies for use of these water based recreation areas is included.

BLM (Bureau of Land Management) - Located throughout the western USA, BLM managed lands offer great camping locations. Developed campgrounds, and almost unlimited dispersed camping opportunites await you.

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Free RV Parking Ideas

Here's a list of places to consider when looking for a free overnight RV camping or parking location in New York. We always recommend asking for overnight RV parking permission when looking for a free spot to spend the night. The smaller your RV, the better chances you will have finding places to stay if you choose not to ask permission. If you don't ask permission, you end up "sneaking" into places and hoping nobody bothers you or issues you a trespassing ticket before you move on.

Be smart and Be Safe...Ask Permission.

  • Truck Stops - Asking permission is usually not a requirement Be considerate of the big rigs!
  • Walmart - Not all stores allow overnight RV parking in New York due to city ordinances. Check store for policy.
  • Nightclubs - Had one too many or just pretending?
  • Grain Elevators - Ask where you can park your RV out of the way for the night.
  • Fraternal Organizations - VFW, Elks etc. may allow members free overnight RV camping.
  • Cemetery - Sounds creepy to us, but we've also heard they may have water available.
  • Fairgrounds - State and County facilities may allow RV camping when not otherwise in use.
  • Parks - City, County, State, and Community parks often have free RV camping.
  • Churches - You can almost make "reservations" by calling ahead for permission.
  • Hotel Parking Lots - Assuming a nightclub/bar is inside, had one too many or just pretending?
  • Truck Terminals - Parking areas for large trucks might allow you free RV camping permission.
  • RV Dealers - Pretty brave to us, but you could fit right in.
  • Cracker Barrel - These nationwide restaurants usually allow free overnight RV parking.
  • Movie Theaters - Too tired to drive home after the late show?
  • Highway Rest Areas - All rest areas allow a few hours of free RV parking, but noisy.
  • Drive In Movies - Got a small RV, park in the back row and enjoy the show. Fell asleep by accident right?
  • Vehicle Repair Shops - Need to see the repairman first thing in the morning?
  • Big Box Retailers - Kmart, Best Buy, Sams Club often allow free RV camping.
  • Roadside Parks & Picnic Areas - The early day version of the rest area.

As you can see, there are a lot of free RV camping and parking possibilities in New York. If you are not asking permission, it's best to keep a very low profile. If your RV has slide outs, jacks and TV antennas, don't use them so as not to draw attention to yourself. Consider your surroundings carefully and if you feel uncomfortable with the area, move somewhere else.

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