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In the picturesque Taconic Valley, the Broken Wheel Campground is a family-friendly RV park near New York’s border with Vermont and Massachusetts. It’s a convenient base for visiting Albany and the Capital-Saratoga Region, as well as accessing the recreational pursuits of the Taconic Ridge State Forest and Cherry Plain State Park.
RV camping at the Broken Wheel Campground includes access to 70 spacious sites that can accommodate all types of rigs and setups. Most offer electric hookups (20/30/50-amp connections) and water, as well as complimentary access to the park’s dump station. Each site comes with a picnic table and a campfire ring, with some shaded and others bathed in sunlight.
There are free hot showers at the RV campground that are accessible 24 hours a day and also an LP gas fill station. Recreational facilities at the Broken Wheel Campground include a swimming pool and a recreation hall, which houses a ping pong table, arcade games, and a camp library. If you need to pick up essentials, stop in at the convenience store, which is stocked with camping supplies, ice, and snacks.
Camp in an RV near Petersburg and spend a day exploring the Taconic Ridge State Forest, which is located around 15 minutes’ drive from the Broken Wheel Campground. It’s home to the iconic Taconic Crest Trail that extends for 35 miles along the border between New York, Vermont, and Massachusetts, including a section that leads to the famous “snow hole” where snow can be seen even during the early summer months. A visit to the Taconic Ridge State Forest can be combined with a stop at the nearby Berlin State Forest, which is home to several easy hiking trails.
Drive in the other direction from the Broken Wheel Campground, and you’ll arrive at Cherry Plain State Park, which centers around the waters of Black River Pond. It's a popular destination for anglers, with bass, bullhead, and pickerel all for the taking, as well as being a great place to swim and cool off during the summer months. If you’re traveling with kids, there’s a children’s playground where they can let off some steam and several picnic tables to utilize. Hikers can take advantage of around nine miles of trails, with most accessible to cross-country skiers during the winter months.
The Broken Wheel Campground is also a good base for exploring the Mount Greylock State Reservation, which lies just across the border in Massachusetts. It encompasses the highest point in the state, Mount Greylock, as well as an 11.5-mile section of the Appalachian Trail. You can access the summit on foot or by road, with the 93-foot-tall Veterans War Memorial Tower topping the peak, or explore the reservation on the surrounding hiking, mountain biking, and cross-country skiing trails.
Camping at the Broken Wheel Campground is just five minutes’ drive from the center of Petersburg where there’s a pizzeria if you want to dine out. Alternatively, you can drive five minutes in the other direction to the town of Berlin where there are a supermarket and gas stations if you need to fill up your RV rental.
A 45-minute drive from the Broken Wheel Campground will see you in the heart of Albany, which serves as the capital of New York State. It lies along the west bank of the Hudson River and clusters around the Empire State Plaza, which is renowned for its reflecting pools and iconic Egg Performing Arts Center. Join a guided tour to explore the Romanesque and Renaissance-style rooms of the New York State Capitol or escape to the picturesque trails of Washington Park, which is home to a wide diversity of botanical species.
If you’re interested in the region’s cultural and natural history, spend an afternoon at the New York State Museum, which is the oldest and largest state museum in the country. Art enthusiasts shouldn’t miss a visit to the Albany Institute of History and Art, where a significant collection of Hudson River School paintings are displayed while those interested in the country’s military legacy should head to the USS Slater, a Cannon-class destroyer escort that’s now moored on the Hudson River. Guided tours are available to explore this U.S. National Historic Landmark, where you can learn about the vessel’s role in the United States Navy and the sailor after whom it was named.
Whether you want to go hiking along the Taconic Crest Trail or discover the cultural attractions of Albany, book an RV in Rensselaer County and start planning your next vacation.