Central New York camping is among some of the best camping on the East Coast. With beautiful lakes, gorgeous scenery, abundant wildlife, and well-developed campgrounds with lots of amenities, there’s always plenty to see and do in Central New York.
The first place to stop should be Glimmerglass, which enncompasses Otsego Lake, and is named after the lake’s nickname given to it by Fennimore Cooper in Leatherstocking Tales: “Glimmerglass”. This is the perfect camping spot for the thoughtful outdoorsman or outdoorswoman, who wants to see a large variety of wildlife, see the wildflowers, shrubs and ferns, and generally enjoy a contemplative respite from city life. Of course, in the winter, the park is famous for tubing, cross-country skiing, ice skating, snowshoeing, and ice fishing.
Verona Beach is an ideal location, on the shore of Oneida Lake. Along with the lake, Black Creek, the cattail marshes, and bottomland swamps, there is much to look at--especially if you’re into fishing. Take the “Woods and Wetlands” trail to see it all. If you’re a hunter, get a license for deer, small game and waterfowl.
At Green Lakes, two glacial lakes make for an environment that is as beautiful as it is sensitive. They are meromictic lakes, which means they have evidence of ancient plant and animal life. Because of the nature of the two lakes, Green Lake and Round Lake, no private boats, kayaks or canoes are allowed. But rowboat and kayak rental are available at the Boat House. But don’t think the restrictions on the lake will spoil your fun. While camping, either enjoy the serenity of the endangered natural area, or take to the 18-hole golf course for a round.
If you’re wanting to get out on the water, head to Oquaga Creek: with sandy beaches for swimmers and bass and rainbow trout for anglers, getting out on the water is a must. Camping here offers horseshoes, volleyball, basketball, and disc golf. And in the winter, give snowmobiling and cross-country skiing a try.
Finally, campers can enjoy Delta Lake State Park on a peninsula that stretches out into Delta Reservoir. Fishing is excellent, pulling in trout, pike, bass, bullhead and perch. And even though the park is mostly flat, the thick woods still make for interesting hikes with surprises around each corner.