Open: NYS Parks Open for Camping, Beaches & Day-use

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Written by Step Out Staff

Published on June 10, 2020

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One way to go on a trip this summer while keeping a socially distanced mindset? Camping.

According to’s recent COVID-19 Update NYS Park campsites, cabins and cottages are currently accepting new reservations for all available sites including tents, trailers, RVs, cabins, yurts and cottages.

Reservations begun at 9 a.m. June 8 for camping stays beginning on June 22. Reservations are expected to fill quickly, so make sure you grab yours asap if you’re looking to get out there.


Reservations can be made in advance by calling toll free 1-800-456-CAMP or at Online reservations are encouraged. You must have a reservation to camp. No walk-up camping stays will be accepted. For more details on the revised guidelines for the parks in terms of social distancing measures being taken, visit


Beaches and Day-use areas

New York State Parks’ beaches and day-use areas are now also open across the state. In alignment with NY Forward, State Park beaches, day-use areas and historic sites will return to charging the normal entrance fee of between $6-$10 as regions reach phase 2 of reopening.


Entrance fees may apply beginning Saturday, June 6. Did you know visitors can purchase a 2020 Season Empire Pass for unlimited day-use entry? Available for $80, the 2020 Season Empire Pass is a wallet-sized card that can be shared within a household and not assigned to a specific vehicle. For more details, visit

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