The Greater Niagara area is home to the majestic Niagara Falls, which is preserved till this day thanks to the Niagara Falls State Park — the oldest state park in the US, founded in 1885. And the camping at Niagara is as wonderful as the view of the falls. Environmentalists back then were worried about the decreased water flow of the falls, due to industrialists overusing the rivers to generate power. This led to the creation of the state park to protect the rivers, which to this day is free of charge and a great campsite for the whole family.
Year round, the Greater Niagara area in New York is camping fun no matter your skill level or interests. In the spring, enjoy the hikes at DeVeaux Woods State Park, or traverse the beautiful trails along the Niagara River Gorge that are all part of the Niagara Gorge Trail System. And spring is a perfect time to see the birds of this gorgeous area: great blue herons, ring-billed gulls, and dozens of other species. (And if you want to catch a bird of your own, spring is turkey hunting season, with the proper permits.)
In the summer, leave the campsite and get out on the water, either enjoying one of the tour boats that take you close enough to get soaked by the falls, or go further down the river to kayak. For an entirely different experience that will transport you to another time, take a cruise down the Erie Canal. And on a beautiful summer’s day, you can’t beat a bike ride--which you can rent from Niagara Falls State Park or LaSalle Waterfront Park. The Erie Canal Trail is a favorite spot.
Camping in autumn, it’s fishing season, and the Lake Ontario Counties Fall Trout and Salmon Derby has a $25,000 prize for the largest trout or salmon. And the River Region is home to salmon, bass, muskie, walleye, and trout. You can really fish year-round while camping at Niagara, but the best is in the fall, winter, and early spring. And for an experience that is unique to the region, there are orchards all around the area where you can visit and pick fresh, crisp apples off the trees.
The winter brings snow, but it also brings winter sports and fun for the cold-winter camper. Snowshoe the four mile trail at Wilson-Tuscarora State Park, or Royalton Ravine. There are plenty of places where you can go snowmobiling, either bringing your snow machines with you or renting them on site. And finally, to cap off the winter camping holiday, go ice skating on the lake at DeVeaux Woods & Reservoir State Park.