The weather is getting consistently warmer, trees are starting to bud, birds are chirping, and die-hard campers are buzzing... that's because the start of the best season of the year is rapidly approaching... camping season! Let's get real, the die-hard campers have been waiting for this day since the end of the 2016 camping season - or may not have an end to their camping season with camping in the winter. However, for the rest of us who may be more fair weather campers or are just waiting for our favorite campgrounds to open, the time is coming quickly.
Many campgrounds open as early as April 15 while the majority open early-mid May. To be sure, New York State campgrounds are currently working hard to get their campgrounds prepared for opening - cleaning up after the winter months, getting event schedules completed, and more importantly taking reservations. If you have a favorite campground and/or favorite time of the season you like to visit, it's important to make your reservations well in advance. Many campgrounds in New York State provide the convenient option of booking camping reservations online. Just search for a campground through our "Find Your Park" option and click "View Campground Profile" for more information.
In anticipation of the start of camping season, we have created our own countdown, to help you prepare for the upcoming season...
5. Start making your plans. As mentioned, it's important to make campground reservations early, especially if you'd like to go camping during a holiday weekend or more popular time of the season. If you don't have a specific destination in mind, determine the area you want to visit and search that area for available campgrounds to decide what would work best for you and your needs. Then visit the campground's website through the link or contact them directly for more information or to make a reservation.
4. Tell your family and friends. It's often more fun to camp with others, so if you have a camping trip in mind and wouldn't mind some company be sure to mention it to your friends and family. Therefore if they're interested in going, they can start planning their camping trip (or trips) as well.
3. Check your camping gear. Time and the elements can do a number on camping gear. Whether you have an RV, go camping in a tent or even prefer to rent a cottage or cabin, be sure that your camping equipment is in tact and usable. If something needs to be fixed, start looking to do that now.
2. Consider new camping gear. Now that you've checked out your existing camping gear, check out the latest options in camping equipment. Each new camping seasons brings new equipment to help making camping easier and often time more fun. See what's available and if it interests you.
1. Go Camping!!