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New York State Parks

Posted by on October 5, 2012
Serena watching a freighter

Serena watching a freighter

Our decision to return to the US and to travel along the northern coast of New York proved to be an excellent one. New York State Parks were at least 30% less expensive than Ontario provincial parks, not to mention that they gave us a better bang for our buck! The first State Park we stopped at was a true gem. Although it was one of the tiniest parks we’ve ever encountered, with only 50 sites, Golden Hill was thoughtfully planned out, so that every spot had a great view.

Because it was past Labor Day and the crowds of summer were long gone, we had our pick of sites. We chose one right on Lake Ontario where I could have my morning coffee and evening glass of wine sitting peacefully in the charming gazebo right outside our door.

The gazebo at Golden Hills

The gazebo at Golden Hill

We had just arrived when the camp host invited us to watch the blazing sunset from the Thirty Mile Point Lighthouse, another of the park’s unique features. After at least five major shipwrecks in the area due to the treacherous rocky shoals and shifting sandbars of the Lake, the Lighthouse was built in 1875. The tower’s navigational light could be seen from 18 miles away, giving sea captains the ability to identify the shoreline location.

Lighthouse at Golden Hills State Park

Lighthouse at Golden Hill State Park

If you would like to step back into the 19th century, you can even rent the lighthouse attendant’s quarters, which have been fully restored by the Friends of Thirty Mile Point.

Manny and I are usually on the move, staying one night or two at each location. Golden Hill State Park, however, was a special place, one where we luxuriated for four whole days.

Further north, we stopped at another New York treasure, Cedar Point State Park. One of the oldest State Parks in New York, it was established in 1897.

Our campsite at Cedar Point State Park

Our campsite at Cedar Point State Park

Once again, Manny and I were graced with a terrific campsite.

As we sat by our campfire enjoying the evening air, we could almost reach out and touch the huge freighters as they thundered up and down the mighty St. Lawrence River.

Bob's and Kelly's Travels

Bob's and Kelly's Travels

It was at Cedar Point State Park that we made friends with another couple of intrepid RVers. Bob Tait and Maureen Kelly have a Winnebago View, built on a Sprinter chassis —a sister ship!

We were amazed to learn about their travels. They shipped their RV to Europe, something we are hoping to do too!

So we invited them over to our campsite, to share our fire and some wine with us.

They contributed fresh strawberries and pears, as well as a delicious taste of their adventures.

They have put over 140,000 miles on their Winnie, and the three of them are still going strong.

2 Responses to New York State Parks

  1. Patty

    Sounds like you’ve thoroughly enjoyed your travels and met some great people too!

  2. Kate Frayne Brown

    We stayed at 4 mile creek campground in October 2012 and loved it. While there, we visited several other NY state parks, including the most famous one, Niagara Falls (fee was free since we were staying at a NYSP). Each was beautiful, well kept up, and on our list to visit again.

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