Top 10 Statue of Liberty Campgrounds & RV Parks

The Empire State may be known for its concrete jungle over its camping potential, but taking an RV road trip through New York is easily one of the best ways to see this diverse, important state.

From the mountains of the Catskills and the Adirondacks to the Finger Lakes and Niagara Falls, New York is filled with beautiful landscapes ripe for exploration. However, a trip to New York state wouldn’t be complete without taking in the wonder and madness of the world’s most legendary city: New York City.

This worldwide City of Dreams has draws crowds of tourists year-round who come to see all that its metropolis has to offer – which, if you’ve ever been to the Big Apple, you know is just about everything. The mom and pop shops and historic neighborhoods of Brooklyn and Queens are host to an incredible diversity of foods and cultures, the Bronx is home to one of the country’s most iconic sports teams (the Yankees), and Manhattan is home to many of the country’s most popular sights, from Broadway and Times Square to the Empire State Building and Central Park.

ight next to Staten Island you’ll find two of the country’s most famous historical sites: Ellis Island and Liberty Island.

Ellis Island was the landing point for millions of millions of immigrants who came to the United States to start a new life. Liberty Island, of course, is home to the icon of America: the Statue of Liberty. This is a national treasure that every American should get to see once in their lifetime.

It is recommended that you book your tickets to visit this National Monument in advance. A scenic ferry ride from Manhattan or Staten Island will take you to Liberty Island, where you’ll disembark and get the chance to wander around freely, as long as you have a grounds ticket. You can choose to purchase a pedestal or crown ticket for access to the inside of the statue. The pedestal ticket allows you to visit the inside of the base level of the Statue of Liberty along with the museum, and the crown ticket allows access to the crown at the top of the Statue of Liberty.

You can also pair your visit to Liberty Island with a visit to Ellis Island and make a whole day trip of it. The Ellis Island Immigration Museum is a great place to learn about the country’s history of immigration and the place through which many of our ancestors came to the United States.

Traveling with an RV rental in New York, NY sounds challenging, but it is actually very possible. While you’ll want to avoid driving in Manhattan, as traffic, narrow roads, and tunnels can be challenging for RVs and parking is very limited, there are plenty of campgrounds near New York, New York. Many of them are convenient to public transportation, and some of them even offer shuttles into the city.

1. Liberty Harbor RV Park

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Located in Jersey City’s Liberty Harbor, this is about as close as it gets to the Statue of Liberty. This park is specifically designed for tourists coming to visit the iconic statue and other major New York attractions. It’s just 15 minutes from NYC on public transportation – the PATH lightrail station is right outside of the park. There’s also a tour bus into Manhattan that leaves from the park’s front porch, and you can even take the ferry from Liberty Harbor into lower Manhattan.

Best Features

  • Daily/Weekly/Monthly Rates: $95/day
  • # of RV Sites: 50
  • Full Hookups: No
  • 30/50 Amp: No
  • Back-in/Pull-through Sites: Both
  • Pool/Hot tub: No
  • Showers: Yes
  • Pets Allowed: Yes
  • Additional Services: wifi, dump station, on-site restaurant and bar, laundry room, daily bus tours of NYC, 24 hour security

Why you’ll love Liberty Harbor RV Park

This park is definitely on the high end in terms of pricing, but it is easily the best location for an RV park in the area. On top of that, the prices here are still far lower than regular New York City accommodations. The park has great amenities for visiting the city, from public transportation to taxi to tour buses. They also offer discounts on Broadway tickets, and you can even see the Manhattan skyline from here! There’s truly no better way to get the full New York experience in an RV than at Liberty Harbor RV Park.

Liberty Harbor RV Park Information

11 Marin Blvd

Jersey City, NJ 07302

Phone: 201.516.7500

Email: [email protected]

Website: http://www.libertyharborrv.com

2. Cheesequake State Park

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If you’re looking for the perfect combination of outdoors and proximity to the city, this is it. Cheesequake State Park is the closest state park to NYC offering RV accommodations. It’s just an hour drive from Manhattan and a 2 hour commuter train ride, making it easily accessible via public transportation. The RV park is on Raritan Bay in New Jersey, just south of Staten Island.

Best Features

  • Daily/Weekly/Monthly Rates: $10-$20
  • # of RV Sites: 53
  • Full Hookups: No
  • 30/50 Amp: No
  • Back-in/Pull-through Sites: Both
  • Pool/Hot tub: No
  • Showers: Yes
  • Pets Allowed: Yes
  • Additional Services: walking trails, biking trails, fishing, boating

Why you’ll love Cheesequake State Park

This beautiful 1,274 acre state park is home to dense forest and sits right on the harbor with views of the Atlantic. It’s just outside of New York City, making it a great but convenient getaway. You’ll find great walking trails, which are even more picturesque in Autumn, as well as fishing, picnicking, boating, canoeing, swimming, and mountain biking. The amenities are basic but the setting is scenic and calm, and the price is incredibly affordable. There is an 11-foot height restriction on vehicles entering the camping area, so keep that in mind.

Cheesequake State Park Information

300 Gordon Road

Matawan, NJ 07747

Phone: (732) 566-2161

Website: http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/cheesequake.html

3. New York City North/Newburgh KOA

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An hour and a half north of Manhattan, in Wallkill, this KOA is just outside of Poughkeepsie and conveniently off of I-87. You’ll find lots of great dining and even some attractions nearby in Platekill, such as the Angry Orchard brewery. It’s easy to take the train into the city from Poughkeepsie Station, and the right is only about 2 hours. There’s also a sightseeing tour that leaves from the campground to go to all of the major sights in NYC.

Best Features

  • Daily/Weekly/Monthly Rates: $60-$120/day
  • # of RV Sites: 166
  • Full Hookups: Yes
  • 30/50 Amp: Yes
  • Back-in/Pull-through Sites: Yes
  • Pool/Hot tub: Yes
  • Showers: Yes
  • Pets Allowed: Yes
  • Additional Services: jumping pillow, fish pond, wifi, cable, recreation room, inflatable cinema, climbing wall, basketball, mini golf, fun-cycle rentals

Why you’ll love New York City North/Newburgh KOA

This is the perfect balance of convenience and comfort. Being well outside of the congestion of the city, this rural area is scenic and quiet, but you can easily take a day trip into the city. Between train access and tour buses, it’s not hard! You’ll find two pools and a huge lounging area awaiting you when you get back from a long day of NYC exploring. The campground even organizes sightseeing bus tours that take you to the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, and Times Square. On top of it all, you’re in the heart of the historic Hudson Valley, with access to lots of recreational activities and fun events for the kids, including a snack shop with free pancakes, espresso, and ice cream treats.

New York City North/Newburgh KOA Information

119 Freetown Highway

Plattekill, NY 12568

Phone: 800-562-7220

Email: [email protected]

Website: https://koa.com/campgrounds/newburgh/general-information/

4. Croton Point Park

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On the east shore of the Hudson River, just an hour north of Manhattan, you’ll find this lovely park. It’s just an easy train ride into NYC, taking less than an hour! Despite being well outside of the metropolitan area, it’s actually easier to get to Manhattan from here than it is from many parts of Brooklyn and Staten Island. The park is directly on the Hudson River and next to a number of parks, golf courses, and other amenities, making it scenic and convenient.

Best Features

  • Daily/Weekly/Monthly Rates: $35-$55/day, $160-$250/week, $650-$900/month
  • # of RV Sites: Not stated
  • Full Hookups: Yes
  • 30/50 Amp: Yes
  • Back-in/Pull-through Sites: Back-in only
  • Pool/Hot tub: No
  • Showers: Yes
  • Pets Allowed: Yes
  • Additional Services: boat launch, cross-country skiing, fishing, picnic shelters, playground, food service, beach access, kayaking, museum

Croton Point Park

This is a region full of historic and cultural significance in the Hudson Valley. It is home to the oldest wine cellars in New York, for one. The 508 acre park offers beautiful views of the Hudson River as well. This is one of the easiest and most affordable accommodations to conveniently access Manhattan and The Statue of Liberty. They offer year-round facilities for RV camping, hiking, and they also have seasonal swimming. This region has been occupied by Native Americans as far back as 7,000 years ago, lending it a great and important history.

Croton Point Park Information

1 Croton Point Ave

Croton-On-Hudson, NY 1052

Phone: 914-862-5290

Website: http://parks.westchestergov.com/croton-point-park

5. Deerpark / New York City Northwest KOA

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Just 2 hours northwest of Manhattan, Deerpark KOA is well outside of the congestion and traffic while still being accessible. It’s located in Cuddebackville New York, situated right on the Neversking River in the Hudson Valley. The park is also close to the Catskills, a very popular New York state getaway. Finally, you’re just minutes from the commuter train, so you don’t have to drive into Manhattan. They even offer shuttle service to the city.

Best Features

  • Daily/Weekly/Monthly Rates: $45-$90/day
  • # of RV Sites: 176
  • Full Hookups: Yes
  • 30/50 Amp: Yes
  • Back-in/Pull-through Sites: Both
  • Pool/Hot tub: Yes
  • Showers: Yes
  • Pets Allowed: Yes
  • Additional services: wifi, cable, recreational room, playground, sports, fishing, rock wall

Why you’ll love Deerpark / New York City Northwest KOA

Here you’ll find all the great amenities and family-friendly atmosphere KOA is known for, along with convenient access to the city via a commuter train and a shuttle. This is a great jumping off point for exploring New York state’s natural wonders, like the Catskills, as well as day-tripping into the city to see the Statue of Liberty. There are lots of fun activities to keep you busy, including hay wagon rides, inflatable slides, a rock wall, and a nearby river that’s a local favorite for swimming, fly fishing, tubing, and kayaking.

Deerpark / New York City Northwest KOA Information

108 Guymard Turnpike

Cuddebackville, NY 12729

Phone: 800-562-3649

Website: https://koa.com/campgrounds/deerpark/

6. Jellystone Park of Western New York

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Jellystone Park of Western New York is a great place to stay if you want to go to Niagara Falls and The Statue of Liberty in one RV trip. This park sits in western New York, but you can still still easily get to the Big Apple in one day, which is a little over 5 hours away. The park is only an hour from Niagara Falls and Buffalo, New York, and it’s very close to the charming and scenic Letchworth State Park.

Best Features

  • Daily/Weekly/Monthly Rates: $35-$75/day
  • # of RV Sites: 100
  • Full Hookups: Yes
  • 30/50 Amp: Both
  • Back-in/Pull-through Sites: Both
  • Pool/Hot tub: Yes
  • Showers: Yes
  • Pets Allowed: Yes
  • Additional Services: lake, beach access, pool, wifi, mini golf, laser tag, game room

Why you’ll love Jellystone Park of Western New York

This is resort style camping at a very affordable price. In a scenic location near lots of attractions and activities, this is a great place to stay with the family. It’s ideally located if you’re on your way from Niagara Falls to NYC. The list of amenities is never-ending, including laser tag, golf cart rentals, mini golf, a beautiful pool, a lake with beach access and a real sand beach, and lots of sports and outdoor recreation.

Jellystone Park of Western New York Information

5204 Youngers Rd

North Java, New York 14113

Phone: (585) 457-9644

Website: https://www.sunrvresorts.com/community/jwn

7. Empire RV Park

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In Syracuse, western New York, you’ll find Empire RV Park, which is actually part of the New York State Fairgrounds. It’s 4 hours from New York City and sits right on Onondaga Lake. It’s also just minutes from the Finger Lakes, making this a great place to stay if you want to explore some of New York’s favorite natural sights. At the same time, the park is only a mile from downtown Syracuse where you’ll find all kinds of great dining and shopping as well as arts, culture, and Syracuse University. You’re also under an hour from the magnificent Lake Ontario.

Best Features

  • Daily/Weekly/Monthly Rates: $25/day
  • # of RV Sites: 70
  • Full Hookups: Yes
  • 30/50 Amp: Yes
  • Back-in/Pull-through Sites: Back-in
  • Pool/Hot tub: No
  • Pets Allowed: Yes
  • Additional Services: fair access

Why you’ll love Empire RV Park

This park is only available to book during the New York State Fair, but pairing a trip to the New York State Fair with a trip to the Big Apple is a road trip you’ll never forget. You can pay a flat fee which includes a two week stay and two week wristbands and is a great affordable way to stay. You can also just pay by the night. They have hot showers and full-hookups, which is hard to find in this area. This RV park is near so many scenic treasures in western New York that should not be missed.

Empire RV Park Information

581 State Fair Blvd.

Syracuse, New York 13209

Phone: 315.487.7711

Empire RV Park at The NY State Fairgrounds

8. Floyd Bennett Field

Located in Brooklyn, this is the only RV Park within the boroughs, just a 50 minute drive from lower Manhattan. However, it is actually bit longer of a commute from here than it is from some of the other campgrounds just north of New York City. It’s 2 hours by subway to get to midtown Manhattan, and about 2.5 hours to the Statue of Liberty. Regardless, it’s still incredibly convenient to everything New York City has to offer, and it’s also a great jumping off point for exploring Brooklyn and some of its most beloved beaches. The RV park is less than a 15 minute taxi ride from Brighton Beach, Manhattan Beach, and Coney Island. It’s also right next door to the Marine Park Golf Course.

Best Features

  • Daily/Weekly/Monthly Rates: $30/day, $210/week
  • # of RV Sites: 9
  • Full Hookups: No
  • 30/50 Amp: No
  • Back-in/Pull-through Sites: Both
  • Pool/Hot tub: No
  • Showers: Yes
  • Pets Allowed: Yes
  • Additional Services: picnic tables, fire rings, grills, camp store

Why you’ll love Floyd Bennett Field

This is a great campground for people who want to spend some time exploring the greater New York City area, especially Brooklyn. It’s near lots of great sights in Brooklyn, including some of New York’s most popular beaches. There’s great fishing at this campground and the neighborhood is surprisingly quiet and calm for New York City. There are also areas for kayaking, archery, and swimming.

Floyd Bennett Field Information

50 Aviation Rd. Brooklyn, N.Y. 11234

Brooklyn, New York 11234

Phone: (718) 338-3799

Website: https://www.nps.gov/gate/planyourvisit/camp-at-fbf.htm

9. Turkey Swamp Park

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Located in New Jersey just an hour south of Manhattan, Turkey Swamp Park is convenient to the Statue of Liberty as well as all other attractions in the city. Right down the street, you’ll find golf courses, state parks, and plenty of dining. The Jersey shoreline is under 30 minutes away.

Best Features

  • Daily/Weekly/Monthly Rates: $40/day
  • # of RV Sites: 64
  • Full Hookups: Yes
  • 30/50 Amp: 30 amp
  • Back-in/Pull-through Sites: Both
  • Pool/Hot tub: No
  • Showers: Yes
  • Pets Allowed: Yes
  • Additional Services: hiking, fishing, boat rentals, athletic fields, archery

Why you’ll love Turkey Swamp Park

This beautiful Monmouth County park consists of 2,266 acres of lush, colorful forest and a lovely 17-acre lake that’s great for fishing, boating, and even ice skating. The park rents boats if you don’t have you own, and you’ll find kayaks, paddle boats, row boats, and canoes on rent. There’s also archery, soccer fields, and multiple scenic multi-use trails. You’re close to the Jersey shoreline, so you’ve even got access to the beach. On top of all of this natural beauty, you’re just an hour away from the biggest city in the country!

Turkey Swamp Park Information

200 Georgia Road

Freehold, New Jersey 07728

Phone: (732) 462-7286

Website: https://www.monmouthcountyparks.com/page.aspx?Id=2540

10. Mahlon Dickerson Reservation

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If you want to stay in the rugged country while still being within an hour of Manhattan, this is the place to do it. Mahlon Dickerson Reservation is in New Jersey just 50 miles west of New York City. Next to the Rockaway River State Wildlife Refuge and Saffin Pond, the area is scenic and quiet. Just minutes from the reservation, you’ll find Lake Mohawk, where you can participate in recreational activities and golf.

Best Features

  • Daily/Weekly/Monthly Rates: $20-$35/night
  • # of RV Sites: 29
  • Full Hookups: Yes
  • 30/50 Amp: Both
  • Back-in/Pull-through Sites: Both
  • Pool/Hot tub: No
  • Showers: Yes
  • Pets Allowed: Yes
  • Additional Services: picnic areas, fishing, walking trails

Why you’ll love Mahlon Dickerson Reservation

Located in the middle of 3,400 acres of preserved wilderness, including the largest lake in the state of new Jersey, Mahlon Dickerson Reservation is the perfect getaway for people who want to be immersed in nature and to enjoy the tranquility of nature without distractions. While amenities are minimalistic, this adds rather than detracts from the surrounding beauty. The best part is that the park is still within easy day trip distance from New York City as well as many other attractions.

Mahlon Dickerson Reservation Information

Weldon Road

Jefferson Township, New Jersey 07849

Phone: (973) 697-3140

Website: https://www.nynjtc.org/park/mahlon-dickerson-reservation-1

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