Located three hours from both New York City and New Jersey, you will find the beautiful Oquaga Creek State Park. With campsites surrounded by trees and a 55 acre lake, it really is a perfect summer getaway unlike anything else nearby.
One of the most unique things about Oquaga Creek State Park is the fact that there is no cell service or Wi-Fi. If you’re looking to get off the grid and away from the stress of everyday life, this may be the spot for you. Many visitors take joy in the fact that they’re not able to get on their phones and mindlessly scroll or open up their laptop to refresh their email repeatedly.
This park offers tent and RV camping with the unique addition of one full service cottage and two cabins that some may consider to be rustic. With plenty of activities like sledding, fishing, hiking and more, you won’t find yourself bored in this beautiful part of New York. Oquaga Creek State Park is known not only for the scenery but the camping and how remote you are when staying there.
If you’re coming from the Buffalo/Syracuse/Rochester area being on I-90 east and take exit 36 to Junction I-81. Stay on Junction I-81 to the exit for Whitney Point. After exiting get onto Route 206 east to County Route 20 (Beech Hill Road), take this straight into the park.
If you’re coming from the Albany area start on I-90 west and go towards Schenectady. Take exit 25a. Then take I-88 west to the Bainbridge exit. Use route 206 east to County Route 20 (Beach Hill Road), this will lead you into the park.
If you’re driving from New York City start out on Route 17 north then take exit 84 at Deposit. Go north on Route 8 for about three miles. Take a left onto County Road 20. Keep going on County Road 20 for nine miles until you enter the park.
If you’re driving from the Binghamton area simply start out on Route 88 east towards Bainbridge then get onto Route 206 east around five miles to County Road 20 and follow that into the park!
The roads leading to Oquaga Creek State Park are easy to navigate. You may notice that whatever direction you’re coming from you’ll usually take Route 88 or County Road 20 (or both) to get to the park.
With 90 campsites available from the beginning of May until Mid October, there is a maximum booking window of 9 months for this campground. Though it’s dry camping only, there are plenty of different sized sites depending on your vehicle. Oquaga has two sites for 30 foot rigs, 12 for forty-footers, 76 sites for 50 foot rigs and no pull through sites available. There is only one set of restrooms near the center of the campsite loop but could be a bit of a walk for some.
With ten miles of trails available, there is plenty of space for biking. You can use the trails for mountain biking or more leisurely biking can be done off-trail.
If biking isn’t your thing, all 10 miles of trails are amazing for hiking. You will see beautiful views and be right in the middle of the wildlife. The trails are fit for beginners to intermediate hikers.
You have plenty of camping options when you’re staying here whether you prefer to rough it in a tent, bring your RV, stay in one of the cabins or go all out in the cottage.
One of the highlights of Oquaga Creek State Park are the full serviced accommodations that are available. The cottage is the only full service building on the property. It has two bedrooms, a living room with wood stove, a kitchen with a working fridge and stove. There are cooking utensils and cutlery provided but linens are not provided for you.
If you’re not using the kitchen, there are gas grills, campfire pits and tables outdoors provided to you during your stay.
If you aren’t looking to go full service but also not wanting to pitch a tent in the woods, you may want to look into the cabins available at Oquaga Creek State Park. You’ll be protected from the weather and wildlife unlike if you were to stay in a tent. The cabins here sleep up to six people.
There is a minimum stay of two nights when staying in the cabins. It’s also good to keep in mind that inside the cabins you will not find running water or electricity. Think of it as one step up from sleeping in a tent.
The cabins and cottage are only available by reservation unless you’re walk-in or call during business hours. You must call and reserve on of the cabins or cottages if it’s after Labor Day. With the cabins, you will find an extra fee if you’re visiting from out of state.
Oquaga Creek State Park comes with a Volleyball net right on the beach. A perfect summer activity for you and your family.
If you prefer off-sand sports, there is also a basketball court available at this state park.
There are a few horseshoe pits at Oquaga Creek State Park. This is a great group activity whether you’re an adult or a kid! Horseshoes are provided by the state park.
If you’ve never played, disc golf is a great summer activity. You can bring your own or rent a few discs from the park store.
Can you imagine snowmobiling with the views of mountains, forest and a frozen lake all right in front of you? You can see this for yourself if you visit Oquaga Creek State Park during the winter. There’s plenty of room to shred some snow and cozy up to a warm fire afterwards.
When visiting state parks in the winter, you may not think there’s a lot to do but one thing that the whole family can enjoy is skiing! Cross country skiing is a popular winter activity when visiting Oquaga Creek State Park. You can go on the trails if you’re confident or get your practice in near the beach area.
Hunting is available at Oquaga Creek State Park during the proper hunting season which tends to land around Autumn and Winter. You will find deer, pheasants and more on the land. Check your visiting dates before planning to hunt here.
Oquaga Creek State Park also has ice fishing during the colder months. You’re able to buy bait at the concession stand. Be sure to check the listings that state whether the ice is thick enough to safely go out and fish on before planning your trip.