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Adirondack Park, NY

187 RV rentals

Rugged mountains, lush boreal forests, tumbling waterfalls, and glassy lakes make Adirondack Park a wonderland for outdoor lovers. The park occupies roughly six million acres, making it one of the largest publicly protected areas in North America. In fact, its footprint is bigger than Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Everglades, and Glacier National Parks combined. The sprawling park was created in 1892 and quickly emerged as a beloved recreation area for locals and visitors alike. There are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the crisp mountain air, from hiking high-altitude trails to exploring scenic paddling routes.

Planning a road trip in the Empire State? Book an RV in Clinton County and gear up for an unforgettable adventure. When you choose one of the …

Allegany State Park, NY

147 RV rentals

Allegany State Park immerses you in the whimsical landscape of the Enchanted Mountains. The park occupies a sprawling 65,000 acres, making it one of the largest state parks in New York. Allegany was once marketed as the "Wilderness Playground of Western New York," and it hasn't lost sight of its roots. Today, the park lures nature lovers with sandy beaches, scenic hiking trails, and excellent fishing in a myriad of streams, ponds, and lakes.

Planning a vacation in the Empire State? Book an RV in Cattaraugus County and you can explore this signature state park at your own pace. From budget-friendly campers to luxury motorhomes, you'll find RV rentals for every occasion. When you've had your fill of Allegany State …

Beacon Memorial Park, NY

503 RV rentals

Beacon Memorial Park is a cultivated urban park located in the town of Beacon in New York. Its location is just one of the reasons why the park is a popular destination for outdoor sports and activities, such as running and hiking. The park's landscape consists of large grass areas, with some forest sections and paved paths throughout. The park has an athletic field that is used as a venue for community athletic programs such as organized football and baseball; if you choose to visit, attending an event is just one of the activities at your disposal.

Beacon Memorial Park also has tennis courts and a dog park, and it's not far from the town's Main Street, where you can …

Bear Mountain State Park, NY

539 RV rentals

In 1908, prison authorities began looking for a new location for the Sing Sing prison and felt that the Bear Mountain would meet their needs. However, people lobbied against relocating the prison, and the state of New York eventually succeeded. The president of Union Pacific Railroad, E. H. Harriman, passed away that year, and his wife offered 10,000 acres and a million dollars if New York would turn it into a state park. Other prominent community leaders and benefactors like John D. Rockefellers donated a significant sum, too, contributing to the cause. Bear Mountain State Park was officially established and opened to the public in 1913.

The on-site Trailside Museum and Zoo treat and rehabilitate many injured animals, including bears, …

Belmont Lake State Park, NY

467 RV rentals

Tucked away to the east of New York City in the mid-section of Long Island, Belmont Lake State Park is a popular hangout spot for motorhome camping enthusiasts traversing Long Island. Situated a few miles east of Hempstead and a short walk away from Bay Shore, motorhome camping near Belmont Lake State Park is an incredible idea when you’re looking forward to spicing up your New York City vacation with some swimming or hitting the trails occasionally.

Established in 1926, the 463-acre day-use park sits right next to the Southern State Parkway, so missing it is almost impossible. When you’ve been contemplating doing some state park RV camping around New York City, go ahead and search for an RV …

Bethpage State Park, NY

493 RV rentals

As crowded as Long Island is, the residents have carved out pockets of wilderness and green belts to preserve nature and provide wild animals with habitats on the island. Bethpage State Park was established in 1931 when the state of New York purchased the land from a private owner, who had already created a golf course on it. Taking a page from his book, New York proceeded to create four additional golf courses on this parcel of land. Today, Bethpage State Park is well-known for its world-class fairways. What’s not as well known is it maintains several acres of hiking trails and other opportunities for recreational fun.

The closest town is Farmingdale, about two miles south. The town is …

Bowman Lake State Park, NY

194 RV rentals

Bowman Lake State Park spreads out across 967-acres and is nestled among the scenic hills of Chenango County, New York. Known as a “camper's paradise," the remote state park is located west of Oxford in the town of McDonough. The park is open year-round and is easy to navigate in a motorhome rental thanks to its easy access and wide, well-paved roads.

The land that became Bowman Lake State Park was originally part of the region's reforestation lands, which the state acquired in 1929. Around 200 campsites were established around Bowman Lake in the early 1960s, and in 1966 the property officially opened as a state park. Book an RV in Chenango County and enjoy a relaxing retreat at Bowman …

Brown Tract Pond Campground, NY

214 RV rentals

Brown Tract Pond Campground was first opened to the public in 1958 but has remained one of the Adirondack region's best-kept secrets. The campground is situated in a heavily wooded area on the eastern shore to the pond, where non-powered boats provide access to fishing and self-guided lake tours. It's also a good area for mountain bike riding; you can take your bike on the trails or on the nearby access roads. The hiking trails lead from the campground to several other lakes and two mountains. If you book an RV rental near Brown Tract Pond, you can also take a self-guided tour of the area's access roads.

Brown Tract Pond Campground is a short distance from the town …

Buck Pond Campground, NY

425 RV rentals

Buck Pond Campground is located on the shoreline of the similarly-named Buck Pond (to the campground's east) and is bordered to the north and west by Lake Kushaqua and the Kushaqua Narrows. Development of the campground was started in 1965; three years later, it was finished, and the campground was opened to the public. The main road leading to and past the campground is built on the remains of a former railroad track that was converted.

RV camping at Buck Pond Campground is quite remote and the perfect destination for a rustic, out-in-the-wild vacation; if you need to gas up your motorhome rental or shop for supplies, the town of Paul Smiths is nearby. The town was named after a …

Burnham Point State Park, NY

220 RV rentals

Both Canada and New York recognized the need to protect St. Lawrence River and its coastal properties as early as 1890. New York began buying properties bordering the river and purchased the section that would later become Burnham Point State Park in 1898. Canada and New York jointly agreed to create an international park, which would be called St. Lawrence Reservation. However, due to new United States federal laws that went into effect in the 1920s, this plan was abandoned. These properties, Burnham Point, were granted state park status, which afforded them some protection from development, mining, and pollution.

The closest town to Burnham Point State Park is Cape Vincent, NY, which is about five miles to the west. …

Buttermilk Falls State Park, NY

173 RV rentals

Buttermilk Falls State Park showcases the natural beauty and serenity of the Finger Lakes region. The park is named after a picturesque waterfall formed by Buttermilk Creek, which cascades 600 feet down a rocky valley and whips up cream-colored froth and foam. Scenic hiking trails make it easy to explore the park on foot, with fishing, birdwatching, and nature photography also popular activities.

Planning a road trip in the Finger Lakes region? Book an RV in Tompkins County and you can enjoy a relaxing RV camping trip at Buttermilk Falls State Park. You'll love chasing waterfalls by day and falling asleep under a canopy of twinkling stars. With a home on wheels, you're all set to explore other Empire State …

Caroga Lake Campground, NY

204 RV rentals

When you’re looking for an RV campground close to a lake and on the edge of a town, then Caroga Lake Campground is just the place for you. Situated midway between Albany, NY to the southeast and Utica, NY to the west, Caroga Lake is actually made up of two lakes connected by a short channel. Caroga Lake Campground can be located on the southeast corner of East Caroga Lake.

Caroga Lake Campground is a state-run campground that only provides primitive RV campsites, without electric or water hookups. Generators are allowed for limited amounts of time, so you can recharge the rental RV batteries while on-site to extend your stay.

The campground is split into several loops, and each loop …

Catskill State Park, NY

330 RV rentals

Sometimes referred to as Catskill Park, the land that would eventually become Catskill State Park was obtained when Ulster County fell behind on its taxes in 1885 and exchanged the land with the state of New York in return for wiping the slate clean. Though the area was heavily logged, there are several sections that remained untouched because it was too difficult for the lumber companies to access. In the early 1890s, New York recognized the value in tourism and outdoor recreation, and over the subsequent decades, New York slowly added trails. In the 1930s, as a part of President Roosevelt’s New Deal, Civilian Conservation Corps added even more trails, outbuildings for park rangers and visitors to use, and roads. …

Caumsett State Park, NY

483 RV rentals

Situated on Lloyd Neck, just north of Huntington, NY, Caumsett State Park is a charming recreational area for locals as well as visitors touring Lloyd Harbor. Resting on a scenic peninsula just over an hour away from New York City, the 1520 acre park offers a diverse range of activities, which makes it popular among motorhome camping enthusiasts visiting Long Island. To experience what it feels like camping with an RV in Long Island, search for an RV in Suffolk County and let the adventure begin.

Originally developed in the 1920s as an English estate, the park was later acquired by the State of New York and made a state park in 1961. The park is focused on …

Cayuga Lake State Park, NY

183 RV rentals

Cayuga Lake State Park is a small state park, covering just 141-acres, located in Seneca County, at the north end of Cayuga Lake. Despite its small size, the park offers a lot of facilities and activities for visitors.

The terrain here is rolling hills and is close to Lake Ontario, but just a few miles south has you feeling like you are in the Appalachian Mountains. Situated midway between the cities of Rochester and Syracuse, the park makes the perfect base for touring the Great Lakes when you book an RV in Seneca County.

Popular activities at the park include hiking, fishing, and during the winter months, ice fishing and cross-country skiing are both visitor favourites. Cayuga Lake is …

Cedar Point State Park, NY

218 RV rentals

A sandy beach coupled with excellent swimming, fishing, and boating make Cedar Point State Park a favorite with summer sunseekers. It's one of the oldest state parks in New York and showcases the natural charm of the Thousand Islands region. While the pocket-sized park occupies just 48 acres, there's no shortage of recreation opportunities. When you're not basking on the beach or cooling off in the crystalline water, spend your time picnicking on the grassy foreshore, fishing for bass, and watching enormous cargo freighters cruise by.

Planning a getaway to the Empire State? Book an RV in Jefferson County and you can explore Cedar Point State Park at your own pace. Spend a few days relaxing by the river, then …