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Love the Great Outdoors



If you love the great outdoors you will be overwhelmed by the millions of square meters of forests, rushing streams and spectacular mountain peaks in New York State.  Home to 176 State Parks, four mountain ranges, 2000 miles of hiking trails and thousands of miles of rivers, streams, canals and beaches, New York State offers an abundance of outdoor activities and opportunities to connect with nature in some of the US’s most breathtaking State Parks.

Pack a picnic, put on your comfy shoes and explore one of our beautiful State Parks, which include:

Region: Finger Lakes

Taughannock Falls
plunges 65 meters past rocky cliffs that tower nearly 200 meters above the gorge.  Trails offer spectacular views of the falls from above as well as from below. Accommodations within the park range from campsites and cabins overlooking Cayuga Lake, with a marina, a boat launch, and a beach nearby.  The park also offers organized activities, including tours through the Taughannock Gorge and summer concerts along the lakefront. 

Open: Year-round, daily - sunrise to sunset. Camping season runs from the last weekend in March to mid-October. The rim trail closes in winter; the gorge trail remains open.




Region: Long Island

Stretching along Long Island’s Atlantic coast, Fire Island’s pristine white sandy beaches are a favourite getaway for many New Yorkers.  No cars (or any other vehicles) are allowed on Fire Island, and most people simply walk through the quiet pathways and walkways that criss-cross the island.  Accommodations range from quaint bed and breakfasts, campsites, and private homes. 

Open: Year-round; beach, lighthouse, and other sites opening times vary.




Region: Greater Niagara

Often called the “Grand Canyon of the Eastern U.S.,” Letchworth is considered one of the most scenically magnificent areas in the eastern U.S.  The Genesee River cuts through a gorge, with three major waterfalls between cliffs as high as 200 meters in some places. 

Open: Year-round; daily from 6am to 11pm; camping area is open from mid-May to mid-October.



Region: Hudson Valley

Once private property, the land surrounding Lake Minnewaska in the Hudson Valley was purchased by the state in 1993 and converted into one of New York’s most beloved state parks.  The rugged terrain makes for great hiking, biking, and a host of outdoor activities.

Open: Year-round; 9 AM to sunset

Region: Finger Lakes

Watkins Glen State Park often leaves visitors spellbound with its cascading waterfalls. The gorge path winds over and under waterfalls and through the spray of Cavern cascade.  Campers and day-visitors can enjoy the Olympic-size pool, scheduled summer tours through the gorge, campsites, and other facilities. 

Open: Year-round; daily: sunrise to sunset; gorge trail closed early November to late May.   


Region: The Adirondacks

Covering an area slightly smaller than Belgium (25,000 square km), the Adirondack Park is home to Lake Placid, location of the 1980 winter Olympics. It was established by the New York State legislature in 1885. With 46 official high peaks and over 3,200 km of trails for hiking, as well as great sites for camping and fishing, the Adirondacks are a year-round destination for any nature lover.




Fees apply at state campgrounds, but hiking, canoe and boat access on state lands are free