by Alicia Dziak
It’s time to dust off that tent, clean out that RV or just throw some sleeping bags in the trunk. Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of summer, and for many campers, it marks the beginning of camping season.
Western New Yorkers are lucky to have such a variety of campgrounds to choose from. Whether you’re looking for an action-packed weekend with friends in a fully furnished cabin, or a quiet week with your family on a secluded tent site, the Enchanted Mountain region has something for everyone looking to make great camping memories this summer.
Aim High Outdoor Adventures, in Leon, has deluxe modern cabins located on 120 private acres. It’s located in the middle of Amish country, where life is lived at a slower pace. For more information, visit www.AimHighOutdoors.com.
Allegany State Park is New York’s largest state park, boasting 321 campsites and 364 cabins. Inside the park, you’ll find two beaches on the shores of Red House and Quaker Lakes, fishing, paddle boat rentals, mini golf, bike paths, playgrounds, giant rocks to climb and explore at Thunder Rocks and Bear Caves, and miles and miles of hiking trails. Reservations can be made at www.reserveamerica.com.
Arrowhead Campground, located off Route 16 in Delevan, is a family-owned and operated campground offering 200 sites and two deluxe cabins. There are plenty of things to do — rent a paddle or rowboat, go swimming or fishing, and enjoy three hiking trails. There is a large recreation hall, plus horseshoe pits, volleyball and four playgrounds. For more information, visit www.arrowheadcamping.com.
Elkdale RV Resort, in Salamanca, offers RV sites, as well as brand new cabins and cottages. Guests can enjoy a picnic pavilion for group gatherings, volleyball, horseshoe pit, sandbox, and catch-and-release fishing on a private pond, to name a few. For more information, visit www.elkdalervresort.com.
Great View Cabins, located in Kill Buck, near the heart of Allegany State Park, offers cabins with breathtaking mountain views that can be enjoyed from the fresh air of a fully furnished porch. Each cabin sleeps up to five people comfortably, and includes a fully furnished kitchenette and a full bathroom. For more information, visit www.GreatViewCabins.com.
Griffis Sculpture Park, in Ashford, features over 250 large-scale sculptures dispersed through miles of hiking trails. Within this unique setting, there is a rustic cabin for rent that makes for a camping experience unlike any other. For reservations, or for more information, email GriffisHillGardens@gmail.com.
Harwood Haven Cabin Resort and Camping, located in Farmersville, offers premium cabins, tent sites and RV sites on over 100 acres adjoining beautiful Harwood Lake and Bush Hill state forest. For more information, visit www.HarwoodHaven.net.
Kinzua Lake Campground, in Frewsburg, has 100 sites on a family owned and operated campground, located on the Kinzua Reservoir. For more information, call (716) 354-2335.
Onoville Marina Park, located on the Allegheny Reservoir in Steamburg, offers camping in the largest inland marina in New York State, as well as views of the sparkling water and the lush green, forested hills of the Allegheny Mountains. Experience 91 miles of non-commercialized shoreline with secluded bays. Camp on the waterfront or in the cool shade of the trees. For more information, visit www.OnovilleMarina.org.
Mystic Water Resort, in Limestone, offers log cabins situated beside a 20-acre lake, group accommodations, championship mini golf, paddle boats, and fishing. For more information, visit www.MysticWaterResort.com.
Pope Haven Campground, located in Randolph, the heart of the Southern Tier’s Amish country, offers full hookup sites, a heated swimming pool, hiking trails, large enclosed pavilion, a game room, volleyball court, basketball court, a catch-and-release fishing pond and a new playground. For more information, visit www.PopeHaven.com.
Riverhurst Park Campground, in Olean, is a private, family-owned campground with RV and tent sites, as well as a rustic chalet. Riverhurst Park is pet friendly and offers several trails on 55 acres. For more information, visit www.RiverhurstPark.com.
Shamrock Pines Campground is located on more than 400 rolling acres of lush green pines in Franklinville. It offers tent and RV sites in a spacious rolling park with plenty of room for everyone. For more information, visit www.ShamrockPines.com
Sprague Brook Park, in Glenwood, offers 123 campsites amidst its towering trees and freshwater lake. Guests can enjoy several playgrounds, fishing, tennis courts, hiking trails, and a wonderful creek that’s a local favorite for splashing around on hot summer days. For reservations, call (716) 858-8355.
Triple R Camping Resort & Trailer Sales, in Franklinville, offers cabins and RV sites a world away from crowds and commotion. Amenities include a new in-ground heated pool and toddler pool, two playgrounds, sand volleyball court, new basketball court, horseshoe pits, miniature golf, large recreation hall, organized weekend activities, fishing and music on holiday weekends. There are also 25 acres of hillside hiking trails. For more information, visit www.TripleRCamp.com.
The great outdoors awaits you! Whether your ideal camping trip includes a full bathroom and kitchen, or sleeping on the floor of your tent alongside a heap of kids and cooking over a campfire every night, camping has a way of bringing friends and families together. With so many great places to explore in the Southern Tier, the only question for campers is, “What campground should we try first?”