Fall camping in New York State

So, as the saying goes here in Upstate New York, we have four seasons: Almost winter, winter, still winter, and construction. That’s a joke, of course! We all just kind of dig weather humor.

Fall, aka “almost winter,” is winding down, but that doesn’t mean that camping in New York is done until construction season, er…spring.

If you’re still interested in camping now and through the winter months, look to the Campground Owners of New York’s digital directory or website to find the parks that stay open later in the season or, even better, stay open year round for tent camping (brrr!), RV camping, or cabin camping.

From Niagara Falls to the Adirondacks, the Hudson Valley and Long Island and everywhere in between, everyone from leaf peepers to salmon fishermen to the thrill-seekers can find a campground in which to enjoy the great outdoors.

Besides the special enjoyment of fall and winter camping, what else would convince you to bundle up and camp this time of year?

Come for the outdoors, stay for the food (and drink) and fun!

For outdoor recreation this fall and winter, you’ve got diverse pursuits all around New York, including hiking, snowshoeing, skiing, snowmobiling and fishing. In fact, just this past weekend we saw hardy fellows actually standing chest deep in the choppy waters off Sylvan Beach at Oneida Lake (Central New York), getting their fishing fun on. We hear walleyes are a good bet for shoreline fishing there.

Nothing beats the flavors of fall. Pumpkin, apples and squash make for delicious fall foods or flavors in craft beverages. Oftentimes, NYS restaurants feature local, fall-themed ingredients and fall drinks like pumpkin beers, ciders or other drinks to keep you warm on a chilly, fall day.

Winter is pretty tasty, too! Upstate New Yorkers don’t let a little snow and cold keep them from grilling and barbequing all year round! So step outside your shelter to fire up the grill or catch a blaze in the campfire, but only after getting fresh ingredients from some of New York’s premier and popular homegrown grocery stores, including Wegmans, Price Chopper/Market 32, and TOPS. Or, get your grill-friendly entrée from one of the boutique butcher shops making the cut around the state, such as The Piggery in Ithaca, Fred the Butcher in Halfmoon, and Side Hill Farmers Meats near Syracuse.

You don’t have to stay outside all day, every day! Warm up at some of New York’s great attractions and museums. In fact, this fall and winter might be a great time to beat next year’s summer crowds by visiting the newly opened National Comedy Center in Jamestown, NY, while it still has that “fresh attraction” smell! ;-)

By the way, be sure you’re prepared for fall and winter RVing with some of these tips.

The end of summer and onset of fall is NOT a signal that you should pack up the tent and throw a cover over the RV. Nope. Not while there are still campgrounds in New York ready to welcome you…even through “still winter” season!


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