The Western New York area has a lot of fantastic campgrounds to choose from. Each one is a special place, with its own personality. Here are three of my favorite places to escape to when I want to get away and go camping.
Sprague Brook Park – 9674 Foote Rd Glenwood, New York 14069
Operated by the Erie County Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry, Sprague Brook Park has 123 campsites. Thirty electric sites are located in the lower loop and the 93 non-electric sites span through two upper loops. There are three ponds for fishing, open fields for kite flying, hiking trails, tennis courts, and several playgrounds. Kids will love playing in the creek that runs through the park. For reservation information, visit Erie.gov.
Letchworth State Park – 1 Letchworth State Park Castile, New York 14427
Known as the “Grand Canyon of the East”, Letchworth State Park is an incredibly beautiful campground. The Genesee River snakes through a scenic gorge, displaying three distinct waterfalls. The cliffs surrounding the gorge are steep, so take care bringing small children along.
There are 258 campsites and 81 cabins to choose from. If you are camping with pets, be sure to reserve your spot in one of the dog-friendly loops. Activities at the park include hiking, kayaking, guided tours, and even hot air ballooning! Two pools are available for swimming in the hot summer months.
The park is open year-around. Reservations can be made through Reserve America.com.
Allegany State Park – 2373 ASP RTE. 1 STE. 3 Salamanca, New York 14779
One weekend isn’t enough to take advantage of everything this 65,000 acre park has to offer. Allegany is the largest state park in Western New York with 335 cabins, 304 campsites, 2 group sites and 10 cottages available for rental. Like Letchworth, reservations can be made at Reserve America.com.
The campground is broken into two areas, Red House and Quaker. Both sections have beach swimming, camping, picnic areas, stores, and hiking. Thunder Rocks and the Bear Caves are two popular spots you won’t want to miss.
In the winter, Allegany is the perfect place to camp. Cross country skiing, sledding, snowmobiling, and ice fishing can fill the days before retiring to a warm, cozy cabin.