Camping along the Empire State Trail


The Empire State Trail offers a selection of camping opportunities for those seeking proximity to nature and the opportunity to socialize with fellow travelers. Camping is most plentiful along the Erie Canalway Trail, with the Hudson and Champlain Valleys having more limited options. The listings below vary widely in amenities and distance from the trail. Research camping options beforehand and plan route adjustments accordingly. Note that primitive camping directly on the Empire State Trail is not permitted.

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Campground Listings

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Erie Canalway Trail

Camping is a great way to spend your nights on the trail. Luckily, the Erie Canalway corridor has lots of places to pitch a tent, giving you the flexibility to travel at your own pace and experience the natural beauty of the Erie Canal up close. The four main types of camping opportunities you’ll find along the trail are NYS Canal Corporation Biker-Hiker-Boater Campsites (free), Municipal Parks and Marinas (free-$20), State Park Campgrounds (for a fee), and Private Campgrounds (for a fee). Most campgrounds are open May-October, but if you are traveling during the shoulder season, make sure to call ahead. You can find a detailed description of each type of camping opportunities here.

Campground NameTypeAddressPhone Number
Niagara Falls Campground & LodgingPrivate Campground2405 Niagara Falls Boulevard, Niagara Falls(716) 731-3434
Royal Motel & CampgroundPrivate Campground3333 Niagara Falls Boulevard, Niagara Falls(716) 693 5695
Niagara County Camping ResortPrivate Campground7369 Wheeler Road, Lockport(716) 434-3991
Middleport HarborMunicipal Park/Marina24 Main Street, Middleport(716) 735-3303
Red Rock PondsPrivate Campground16097 Canal Road, Holley(585) 638-2445
Brockport Welcome CenterMunicipal Park/Marina11 Water Street, Brockport(585) 637-1000
Lock E33 RochesterNYSCC Biker-Hiker-Boater Campsite1205 Edgewood Avenue, Rochester(585) 244-2150
Lock E32 PittsfordNYSCC Biker-Hiker-Boater2785 Clover Street, Pittsford(585) 586-1837
Red's Twilight on the Erie RV ResortPrivate Campground1100 Marina Parkway, Macedon(315)986-7337
Lock E30 Macedon
NYSCC Biker-Hiker-Boater Campsite10 NYS Route 350, Macedon(315) 986-5631
Lock E28B Newark NYSCC Biker-Hiker-Boater 116 N Clinton St, Newark, NY 14513 315-871-4300
Whispering WindsPrivate Campground2 Country Club Drive, Newark(315) 331-0786
Lyons Fire Station Fire Station Lawn23 Water St, Lyons, NY 14489 (315)946-4852
NorWin Campground Private Campground2921 Pilgrimport Road, Lyons, NY 14489 (315) 946-4436
Lock CS2-3 Seneca FallsNYSCC Biker-Hiker-Boater Campsite9 Seneca Street, Seneca Falls(315) 568-5797
Rivers Crossing CampgroundPrivate Campground508 NYS Route 89, Savannah(315) 365-3000
Lock E25 May's PointNYSCC Biker-Hiker-Boater Campsite546 South Mays Point Road, Savannah(315) 365-3241
Cayuga Lake State ParkState Park2678 Lower Lake Road, Seneca Falls(315) 568-5163
Lock CS1 CayugaNYSCC Biker-Hiker-Boater Campsite6869 River Road, Cayuga(315) 253-7523
Hejamada CampgroundPrivate Campground748 McDonald Road, Port Byron(315) 776-5887
Riverforest Park Campground & MarinaPrivate Campground9439 Riverforest Road, Weedsport(315) 834-9458
Weedsport Speedway CampgroundPrivate Campground1 Speedway Dr #415, Weedsport, NY 13166 (315) 834-3067
Green Lakes State ParkState Park7900 Green Lakes Road, Fayetteville(315) 637-6111
Verona Beach State ParkState Park6541 Lakeshore Road South, Verona Beach(315) 762-4463
Tilden Hill Farm Campground Campground5345 Townline Rd Vernon NY 13476(315) 334-3914
Lock E22 New LondonNYSCC Biker-Hiker-Boater Campsite3692 Wood Creek Road, Rome(315) 336-4329
Lock E21 New LondonNYSCC Biker-Hiker-Boater Campsite7176 Lock Road, Rome(315) 336-8229
Lock E20 WhitesboroNYSCC Biker-Hiker-Boater Campsite9028 River Road, Marcy(315) 736-4617
Utica Harbor ParkNYSCC Biker-Hiker-Boater Campsite20 Harbor Lock Road W, Utica(315) 736-4617
Frankfort Marina/Heelpath BrewingMunicipal Park/Marina122 Marina Park Dr, Frankfort, NY 13340 Brewery: (315) 444-9005 Village: (315) 895-7651
Ilion Marina Municipal Park/Marina190 Central Avenue, Ilion(315) 404-6532
Little Falls Canal Harbor and Rotary ParkMunicipal Park/Marina125 Southern Ave, Little Falls, NY 13365 (315) 823-1453
Lock E16 St. Johnsville NYSCC Biker-Hiker-Boater Campsite171 Mindenville Drive, Fort Plain(518) 568-2636
St. Johnsonville Community Campground Private Campground1 Marina Drive, St. Johnsville(518) 568-7406
Lock E15 Fort Plain NYSCC Biker-Hiker-Boater CampsiteOld Station Road, Fort Plain(518) 993-4161
Lock E9 Rotterdam NYSCC Biker-Hiker-Boater Campsite 9 State Canal Park Rd (Rte 103), Rotterdam Jct., NY 12150 518-853-3823
Arrowhead Marina and RV Park Private Campground2 Van Buren Lane, Glenville(518) 382-8966
Lock E7 Vischer Ferry NYSCC Biker-Hiker-Boater Campsite 1280 Lock 7 Rd, Niskayuna, NY 12309 518-853-3823
Waterford Canal Visitor Center
Municipal Park/Marina
1 Tugboat Alley, Waterford(518) 233-9123

Hudson Valley Greenway Trail

Camping opportunities in the Hudson Valley between NYC and Albany are limited. Please note that primitive camping is not available directly on the Empire State Trail. The listings below vary widely in regard to amenities and distance from the trail. Most DEC sites, for example, only offer primitive backcountry camping, whereas some private campgrounds include designated sites with access to showers and other facilities. Research camping options beforehand and plan route adjustments accordingly. Listings are shown from north to south.

Campground NameTypeAddressPhone Number
Schodack Island State ParkState Park1 Schodack Island Way, Schodack Landing(518) 732-0187
Livingston State ForestNYSDEC51-55 Fox Creek Road, Livingston(518) 357-2155
Lake Taghkanic State ParkState Park1528 NYS Route 82, Ancram(518) 851-3631
Roe-Jan Kill ParkMunicipal Park357 Dales Bridge Road, Germantown(518) 537-6687
Brook n Wood Family CampgroundPrivate Campground1947 County Route 8, Elizaville(518) 537-6896
Mills Norrie State ParkState Park9 Old Post Road, Staatsburg(845) 889-4646
Yogi Bear’s Jellystone ParkPrivate Campground50 Bevier Road, Gardiner(845) 255-5193
Sam Pryor Shawangunk GatewayPrivate Campground953 NYS Route 299, Gardiner(303) 951-4571
Sylvan Lake Beach ParkPrivate Campground18 McDonnells Lane, Hopewell Junction(845) 221-9889
Depot Hill Multiple Use AreaNYSDEC300 Depot Hill Road, Holmes(845) 256-3000
Clarence Fahnestock State ParkState Park1498 NYS Route 301, Carmel(845) 225-7207
Nimham Mountain Multiple Use AreaNYSDECGipsy Trail Road, Carmel(845) 256-3076
Croton Point ParkCounty Park1A Croton Point Avenue, Croton-on-Hudson(914) 862-5290

Champlain Valley Trail

A number of public and private campgrounds are available along the Champlain corridor. Primitive camping is allowed along the Champlain Canalway Trail at designated Biker-Hiker-Boater campsites run by the NYS Canal Corporation. These primitive campsites have limited on-site amenities. Porta johns are provided, but visitors should be prepared with their own potable water, first aid kits, and camping and cooking supplies. Stays are limited to 48 hours and are available on a first come first serve basis. Other than along the Canal locks, primitive camping is not permitted directly on the Empire State Trail.

The Adirondack region is a popular destination for summer vacations and for foliage viewing in the fall. While there are numerous campsites and other lodging opportunities in and around the park, they are often booked months in advance.

The listings below vary greatly in amenities offered and distance from the trail. Campgrounds are listed from south to north.

Campground NameTypeAddressPhone Number
Lock E6 CrescentNYSCC Biker-Hiker-Boater Campsite77 Flight Lock Rd, Waterford(518) 237-4014
Waterford Canal Visitor CenterMunicipal Park/Marina1 Tugboat Alley, Waterford(518) 233-9123
Adventure Bound Camping Resorts - Deer RunPrivate Campground200 Deer Run Drive, Schaghticoke(518) 664-2804
Lock C4 StillwaterNYSCC Biker-Hiker-Boater947 Stillwater Bridge Road, Schaghticoke(518) 664-5261
Moreau Lake State ParkState Park605 Old Saratoga Road, Gansevoort(518) 793-0511
Lock C9 Smith's BasinNYSCC Biker-Hiker-Boater Campsite2450 State Route 149, Fort Ann(518) 747-6021
Rogers Rock CampgroundNYSDEC Campground9894 Lake Shore Drive, Hague(518) 585-6746
Putnam Pond Campground NYSDEC Campground763 Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga(518) 585-7280
Crown Point Campground NYSDEC Campground784 Bridge Road, Crown Point(518) 597-3603
Lincoln Pond CampgroundNYSDEC Campground4363 Lincoln Pond Road, Elizabethtown(518) 942-5292
Barber Homestead ParkPrivate Campground68 Barber Lane, Westport(518) 962-8989
Ausable River Campground Private Campground367 NYS Route 9N, Keeseville(518) 834-9379
Ausable Chasm CampgroundPrivate Campground634 NYS Route 373, Keeseville(518) 834-9990
Ausable Point Campground NYSDEC Campground3346 Lakeshore Drive, Peru(518) 561-7080
Cumberland Bay State Park State Park152 Cumberland Head Road, Plattsburgh(518) 563-5240
Monty's Bay Campsites Private Campground715 Lake Shore Road, West Chazy(518) 846-7342
Kings Bay ResortPrivate Campground1 Point Au Fer Road, Champlain(514) 972-2272