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Located on the eastern side of New York State, Moreau Lake State Park is a small recreation area that offers a lot of facilities and activities for families to explore. Nestled on the Hudson River, between Saratoga Springs to the south and Glens Falls to the north, Moreau Lake State Park is a great base for exploring this area in your rental RV.
The park lies on the Appalachian Plateau in the Appalachian Mountain range with spectacular scenery all around. Search for an RV in Saratoga County, and you’ll be spoiled for choice of great places to visit.
The lake is the heart of the park allowing various water-sports, plus there are over 20 miles of hiking trails, that can also be used in the winter for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.
Hiking in the Moreau Lake State Park is one of the biggest attractions, with over 20 miles of marked trails. It offers some 14 different trails so that whatever your level of fitness, you can get out and explore the forests and creeks of the park. Rent a camper near Moreau State Park, and you have very easy access to the hiking trails and all the other facilities offered here.
The Nature Trail offers an easy walk around the lake, covering just over three miles in a loop, but can be shortened with a shortcut by crossing the lake on the bridge. The four-mile loop, Moreau Lake and Overlook Trail also circles the lakes but includes some steep climbs to reach the viewpoint over the lake.
The more adventurous will want to follow the trails that climb up into the hills overlooking the park. The Western Ridge Trail is around eight miles long and runs from the lake along the full length of the ridgeline before dropping back down to the Hudson River in the far west of the park.
The large lake is great for swimming, with a large sandy beach and a gently shelving lake floor making it perfect for the kids. During the summer season, loungers and umbrellas can be rented from the park office.
Fishing is popular at the lakes, and there is excellent fishing for both bass and rainbow trout. During the winter, ice fishing is allowed, and the park runs children’s ice fishing clinics to teach them how to cut the ice and fish.
With plenty of facilities and things to do, RV camping at Moreau Lake State Park will make a great vacation for all the family.
The campground at Moreau Lake State Park is split into five separate “loops” in shady wooded areas of the park. Dividing the sites like this gives a much more open feel to the campground and offers a little seclusion from your neighbors.
In total, there are over 140 campsites, all of which are back in and the maximum length available is 40 feet, so booking in advance is advisable. There are hot showers and flushing toilets in the restrooms and a dump station so you can empty your RV rental waste collection system. The site is close to the swimming beach, has a playground picnic areas and a store for firewood, food, and drink.
Just a few miles north, on the Hudson River, is the city of Glens Falls offering just about every amenity you may need when camping with an RV. There are several gas stations, plenty of stores for shopping and a good range of restaurants and bars.
In the town of Moreau, pay a visit to Grant Cottage State Historic Site, an Adirondack mountain cottage with a spectacular view. The cottage was the final home of the 18th US President, Ulysses S. Grant before he died, and now the cottage is open to the public. The cottage has changed little and is a good example of 19th-century living, with period furniture and fittings. Visitors are encouraged to explore the free grounds, but there is a charge to enter the cottage.
Glens Falls is home to the Hyde Collection Historic House and Art Museum. The art is displayed in five separate gallery spaces covering modern and contemporary art, along with Old Masters and 19th century European and American artwork. The museum opened in 1963, thanks to Charlotte Pruyn Hyde and now holds works from many famous artists, including Rembrandt, Picasso, Sam Gilliam and many more.
A little further past Glens Falls is the town of Lake George, where you’ll find the House of Frankenstein Wax Museum. More of a haunted house than a museum, it is none the less fun for all the family, so long as you don’t mind a bit of a fright! The wax models here are not stationary and lifeless, but move to strike terror into every visitor! The kids will love it!