10 Hudson Valley Campgrounds

Spend some time with your family in the great outdoors this summer

11 Hudson Valley Campgrounds

Spend some time with your family in the great outdoors at one of the many great Hudson Valley Campgrounds and State Parks. Camping is a great way to unplug and spend quality time together. If adventuring out into the wilderness isn't quite your thing you can still bring the campsite lifestyle home. We recently posted 7 great backyard camping tips, here

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1. Sylvan Lake Beach, Hopewell Junction

For a peaceful family spot try Sylvan Lake in Dutchess County. Campsites are along the sandy beach of the beautiful Sylvan Lake with many onsite activities to keep the entire family entertained during your stay. Choose from boating, fishing, horseshoes, volleyball, playground, basketball hoop and more. 

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2. Wilcox Memorial Park, Milan

A little hidden gem that (well I guess until now) not many know about! You can visit for the day or spend some time tent or RV camping too. There is plenty to do while spending your days at the park. We enjoyed the paddle boats, the lake, you can fish and the large playground provided plenty of entertainment! Plus everything is relatively close together making it easy to keep an eye on kids running in different directions. Keep in mind the lake is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays when you plan your trip! 

3. Rip Van Winkle, Saugerties

When I asked around a few years ago for a great local campground many suggested Rip Van Winkle. A staple in the community, many have worked there as teens and are now raising their kids spending summers here. I trekked my two littles up, not sure what to expect and was pleasantly surprised. A nice, quiet little campground in the Catskills with plenty to do. From a refreshing dip in a good old fashioned swimming hole, a dizzying trip down the spiral slide, to a relaxing game of giant checkers, kids will stay busy and parents stay refreshed.

4. Skyway Camping Resort, Greenfield Park

Another beautiful campground in the Catskills though the catch here is it is RV camping only. Though if you don’t have one of your own there are RVs on site availible to rent. At skyway camping there is no shortage of amentities. A toddler romping room, clubhouse, fitness center, dog run, game room, pool, fishing and paddle boats amongst many others gives you the resort feeling with a camping experience.

5. Newburgh KOA, Plattekill

If you enjoy camping, chances are you have been to a KOA. Popular through the country, they provide a safe and fun camping experience for the whole family. I particularly like the Newburgh KOA, it’s nearby and full of family fun. Not much further, the Copake KOA is another great option! 

6. Rondout Valley Campground, Accord

Tents, RV, cabins, Rondout Valley is another one that has it all. From an adult lounge to 95ft. swimming pool with cabanas it feels like you are vacationing at a top resort! A few of the other amentities include mini golf, fitness center, sports courts and fishing pond. 

7. Brookside Campground, Catskill, NY

Family owned and operated, Brookside is a relaxing, family- friendly campground set on the edge of the beautiful Catskill Mountains. They have a tiny tots playground filled with outdoor toys, a pirate ship to play on and explore, a swimming pool, fishing and more. 

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8. Lake Taghkanic State Park, Ancram

A Hudson Valley favorite, families love to spend their summer days sitting by the lake here. Camping here is an excitement in its self. Lake Taghkanic has two beaches, boating, picnic area, playing fields, swimming, fishing, hiking and even a snack shack! 

9. Brook N Wood Family Campground, Elizaville

A true camping adventure! They offer an enormous amount of fun for the whole family. Brook N Wood offers a variety of camping sites, fun in nature such as forest and brook, swimming pool, sports courts and fields, gaming pavilion, and a full schedule of weekly themes activities! 

10. Kingswood Campsite, Hancock

Kingswood Campsite is your family-friendly destination with something for everybody! Take a walk around the lake, swim, fish, rowboat, or canoe! Walk our fitness trail play sports in our barn. You can bring your own tent or enjoy one of our cabin tents with wooden beds and fully equipped kitchen shelters. We have an RV lot as well! Our rates include all the activities and amenities mentioned before. See you soon! 

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