Higley Flow State Park is located in the beautiful foothills of New York's Adirondack Mountains. The park is a short drive from the Canadian border. It is a two-hour drive from Ottawa, and just 15 miles from the vibrant city of Potsdam, New York. The park is on the charming banks of the Higley Flow, created from the damming of the nearby Raquette River. Head here with a Colton camper rental and enjoy the gorgeous sandy beach, perfect for relaxing during the summer months.
The terrain of Higley Flow State Park is very hilly and wooded, with plenty of shady camping spaces. There are also numerous winter activities to enjoy during the colder months. A visitor center is located within the park; stop by to learn about the facilities, sites, and other details regarding your stay.
The Great Outdoors
There are so many fun outdoor activities to explore when you book an RV in St. Lawrence County. The Beaver Pond Nature Trail runs through the area, with interpretive signs that provide information about the different natural habitats and wildlife in the area. There's also a more extensive network of hiking trails, with options for different ability levels. If you're looking for a longer, more challenging hike, there are several trails just outside of the park, including the Stone Valley Trail and Allen Falls Trailhead. These trails will take you through beautiful Adirondack scenery with mountain views and waterfalls.
Higley Flow State Park has a stunning beach along the shores of Warm Creek Flow, where you can relax during a warm day. There is also a boat launch, and you can use both powerboats as well as canoes and kayaks in the river. It's easy to boat over to the South Colton Reservoir, where there's plenty of fishing to hook. There's also a boat launch on the reservoir itself. Some of the resident fish species in the river and reservoir include smallmouth bass, yellow perch, northern pike, walleye, and white sucker. There are several other incredible places to go fishing in the area, including Carry Falls Reservoir, Rainbow Falls Reservoir, and Massawepie Lake.
The winter season opens up a lot of outdoor recreation opportunities at Higley Flow State Park too. The hiking trails double as trails for cross-country skiing during the snowy months. There are also trails for snowshoeing and snowmobiling. Anglers can also enjoy ice fishing, and there is a ski lodge in the center of the park where you can warm up after your adventures.
Camping at Higley Flow State Park
Campsites at Higley Flow State Park are shaded and provide plenty of privacy for you and your Colton motorhome rental. There are a total of 128 campsites within the park, which you can reserve online. Most campsites have electric hookups. There's 24-hour security at the campground, and wheelchair-accessible sites have blacktop driveways. The campground has dump stations and showers to keep you comfortable during your stay. There's also a water fill-up station, as well as a landline telephone should you lose service and need to contact anyone.
The campsites at Higley Flow State Park also have large picnic tables and fire rings that you can enjoy while motorhome camping. There's also a playground for those traveling with kids. The boat launch and the beach are both within walking distance of each campsite. A maximum of two pets are allowed per camper, and they must be supervised and on a leash at all times.
Exploring the Area
Higley Flow State Park is just outside of the small town of Colton, New York. This is where you will find the closest gas station and grocery store. If you're looking for places to eat, you'll find plenty of options in the nearby towns of Canton and Potsdam. Some of the cuisines available in these towns include Italian, Mexican, Thai, and Chinese.
Both Canton and Potsdam are home to small campuses of the State University of New York (SUNY) system, which means that they have small museums and cultural attractions to enjoy. Potsdam is home to the Art Museum at SUNY Potsdam as well as the Potsdam Public Museum. Canton has the Richard F Brush Art Gallery.
For more fun things to do during your RV camping trip, consider taking a day trip into the Adirondacks and visiting Lake Placid. The town has hosted the Winter Olympics twice, and you can visit the Lake Placid Winter Olympic Museum to learn more about it. The city also has a charming waterfront area with a pier and several local restaurants and boutiques.