You can’t throw a stone in New York without hitting a park. From the shores of Long Island to mighty Niagara Falls, New York's 200 State Parks and and Historic Sites welcome you to explore, discover and escape the daily grind. Name your fun and you’ll find it among four million acres of New York State Parks, beaches, rivers, mountains and historic sites.
Happy campers can tent, cabin or RV on countless sites from Cedar Island to Long Island’s Hither Hills. Historic sites tell New York's tales through tours, storytelling, exhibits and encampments.
Nowhere are water lovers luckier than in New York. The Atlantic Ocean, Long Island Sound, and Lakes Ontario and Erie beckon offshore cruisers, while Finger Lakes and Adirondack streams promise great fishing, boating and whitewater thrills, and the Hudson River and State Barge Canal System links visitors to a rich maritime heritage.
With so many paths to discover, New York is busy adding GPS data for thousands of miles of State Park trails. Oh, Ranger! is a free iPhone app that guides visitors through historic sites, golf courses, campgrounds and nature centers.
New York’s Heritage Trails offer themed adventures on the Revolutionary War, Women’s Heritage, and the Underground Railroad to let travelers explore topics in depth.
Our 24 New York National Parks include the wildly popular Upper Delaware River that traces the New York-Pennsylvania border for 73 miles of Class I and II rapids, public fishing and wintering bald eagles. The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor follows state waterways and canals along 500 upstate miles, half of them equipped for biking and hiking. Fire Island National Seashore in Patchogue offers vast ocean shores, an ancient maritime forest, historic lighthouses and estates. Two of America’s top scenic trails cross New York, including a piece of the famous 2,000-mile Appalachian Trail that runs from Maine to Georgia, and the North Country Trail that spans seven northern states.
A great way to visit national parks is with a National Parks Annual Pass, while the Empire Passport provides unlimited day use and vehicle access to most New York State parks.