Just north of the New York – Pennsylvania border sits the city of Elmira. One of the largest cities in the south-central region of New York state, Elmira is a proud manufacturing city. Even though a lot of factories have closed up shop as time has progressed, the spirit of Elmira has remained unchanged. Just south of the Finger Lakes Region, Elmira is blessed to be in and near some of New York’s most naturally beautiful areas. When you rent an RV in Elmira, NY, you are treating yourself to some of the state's best hills, valleys, rivers, and lakes.
If you don’t feel like driving your motorhome rental in Elmira, you’re in luck. The Chemung County Transit System operates a bus service within Elmira. From these bus routes, you will have no difficulty getting to neighboring towns such as Horseheads and Corning.
When you book an RV in Elmira, you will immediately feel as though you’ve escaped to a woodland paradise. With forested hills decorating the landscapes and rivers winding through the terrain, you will be blown away by the sheer amount of beauty in southern New York.
The Great Outdoors
Just north of Elmira is Watkins Glen State Park in Watkins Glen, NY. Even though the town may be known for its racing, no excursion to Watkins Glen is complete without a trip to Watkins Glen State Park. Just along a two-mile hiking trail, you will come across 19 waterfalls. You can also go biking or cross-country skiing throughout the park. If you want to get even closer to the water, you can enjoy fishing in Seneca Lake or along Catherine Creek.
If you want to see even more waterfalls, then head to Letchworth State Park in Nunda, NY. Known as the “Grand Canyon of the East,” the Genesee River rushes through the gorge and tumbles over three massive waterfalls. Thanks to the rapidly moving water, Letchworth is one of the best whitewater rafting destinations in New York. With 66 miles of trails that serve as hiking, biking, and skiing trails, there is no shortage of awaiting explorations.
When you rent an RV in Elmira, be sure to spend some time at the Finger Lakes National Forest near Mecklenburg, NY, just an hour's drive to the north. Because Elmira is so close to the world-famous Finger Lakes Region, the Finger Lakes National Forest is an easy day trip. You can enjoy a stroll through the open grasslands of the Finger Lakes, walk around the shores of Seneca Lake, or even hike part of the North Country Trail System. If you want to enjoy Seneca Lake or nearby Cayuga Lake, you can rent a boat, canoe, kayak, or relax with some fishing.
When you secure an RV rental in Elmira, you are going to need to find somewhere to stay the night. Luckily enough, there are several places in and around Elmira that will appeal to any type of RVer.
Just north of Elmira is the MorningStar RV Park. With full hookups, access to a fishing stream, and surrounded by hiking trails, MorningStar offers a quiet escape from the bustling world of today. You can retreat into the quiet woods of southern New York and reconnect with nature.
On the way to Watkins Glen is the Watkins Glen/Corning KOA. With full hookups, restrooms, showers, laundry facilities, and a wide variety of extra amenities such as miniature golf and an indoor swimming pool, the KOA could be a fun place to get away from everything.
There are several gas stations in Elmira and on the main highways connecting Elmira to other nearby towns.
Explore the City
When you book a camper rental in Elmira, be sure to set aside plenty of time to explore the local area. There is so much to see and do in this southern New York city that you’ll be amazed at the variety of options.
If you want to experience some of the region's hills, then spend your afternoon at the Tanglewood Nature Center. With several trails winding through the park and an on-site nature center that houses live local animals, you can easily spend your day at Tanglewood. At the very least, be sure to take the long trail to the top of the hill so you can look down at the valley below.
For something a little less common, spend some time at the National Soaring Museum. The museum is completely dedicated to the history and engineering of engineless flight. If you want to truly fly like a bird, you can make a reservation for a ride on a sailplane. You’ll be treated to the best view in Chemung County: the bird’s eye view.
If you’re interested in American literature, then you should know that Mark Twain used to spend a significant amount of time in Elmira. You can go on a self-guided Twain-tour to see his study, the home he vacationed in, and his gravesite. It is also believed that much of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer were written in Elmira.
After a day of hiking the trails or soaring the skies, be sure to treat yourself to a truly local delicacy: spiedies. The specially marinated chicken served on an Italian roll is the go-to comfort food for people in Elmira and it surely will be for you too.