Harriman State Park RV & Campground Guide

New York

Offering more than 30 distinct bodies of water and over 200 miles of hiking trails, there’s no shortage of things to see and do inside Harriman State Park, which is the second largest in New York’s park system. From boating and hiking in the summer to cross-country skiing and ice fishing in the winter, this special stretch of countryside is sure to please every member of your camping party, no matter when you get the chance to visit.

Harriman State Park is also home to dozens of unique and fascinating wildlife species, whether your interests run terrestrial, avian, or aquatic. It’s a popular destination for both bird watchers and fishermen, and many of its facilities and trails are dog-friendly as well. And best of all, it’s nestled right on the New York/New Jersey border, only an hour or so from the center of Manhattan. Once you arrive, you’ll feel like the hustle and bustle of the city is on a whole different planet!

Ready for your Harriman State Park getaway? Read on to learn everything you need to know to get the most bang for your buck -- and have an incredible adventure.

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Weather
Spring 30-70 F
Summer 60-80 F
Fall 30-70 F
Winter 17-39 F
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Nearby Cities
Sloatsburg, NY
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Harriman State Park

Considering its generous size, it’s not surprising that Harriman State Park offers an abundance of camping opportunities and amenities for tent campers and RVers alike. Beaver Pond Campground can accommodate RVs of up to 30 feet in length, with grills, picnic areas, and full-service bathrooms centrally available. 

However, the park doesn’t offer electrical or water hookups, and many large Class A models fall outside of its size restrictions. Plus, as in almost all public park scenarios, sites tend to fill up quickly -- so we’ve put together a few more options for you to choose from in the area.

Black Bear Campground

Located about twenty minutes away from the park’s northern entrance, Black Bear Campground is a great resort-style park to consider if you’re looking for an all-inclusive experience. The park is open year-round and offers all the modern amenities you could ask for, including full hookups of up to 50 amps of service as well as on-site laundry facilities and activities. They also organize guided excursions to New York City, just in case you do want a taste of the urban life while you’re in town. The park is a Good Sam Club member, and discounts are also available for veterans, AARP members, and other select camping organizations.

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wifi: yes
  • Pet-friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: fire rings, picnic areas, heated swimming pool, organized activities, planned outings and more

Highland Falls RV Park and Marina

Situated directly on the scenic Hudson River, Highland Falls RV Park and Marina features 24-hour security so you can rest in ease -- and comfort, since you’ll also be hooked up to full shore power and water. The park also offers onsite restrooms and free campground-wide wifi, so you can stay connected throughout your stay. Sites start at a super-affordable $49.95 per night, and the park is open seasonally between May and November. Along with accessing Harriman State Park itself, you’ll also be within easy driving distance of West Point Military Academy, as well as a variety of historical battlegrounds in the area.

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wifi: yes
  • Pet-friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: on-site restroom facilities, 24-hour security

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What to Do at
Harriman State Park

Inside Harriman State Park

Harriman State Park is one of those places where you don’t have to look too hard to find adventure. With its sprawling network of forest-covered trails and numerous bodies of water, there’s something to suit every outdoor lover on board your camper. Here are some of the most popular diversions:

Hiking and biking are very common outdoor ventures -- and given that the park has 200 miles of trails to explore, it’s no surprise that adventurers take to its backcountry both on foot and on wheels. Dogs with current rabies tags and leashes are welcome on the trails as well, so don’t forget to bring Fido.

Museums and visitors centers dot the park, offering fun and educational opportunities to visitors and campers of all ages. Grills and gift shops are also available, so you don’t have to worry about returning to civilization just to get your basic needs met.

Boating, swimming, and other water sports are popular in Harriman State Park, which boasts 31 lakes and reservoirs as well as two dedicated public beach areas. Whether it’s a serene paddling journey or an exciting day of fishing, you can choose one of the park’s many waterways to enjoy your favorite aquatic adventure.

Winter sports like cross-country skiing and ice fishing are also performed in the park, since it’s open to the public all year round. Many of the water surfaces freeze over hard enough to accommodate ice skaters, as well!

Outside Harriman State Park

Although there’s no shortage of exploring to do inside the confines of the park itself, there are some other diversions in the area you might not want to miss -- not to mention some delicious restaurants to try and cute shops worth perusing!

Restaurants

No matter how hearty of an adventurer you are, you’re going to have to stop and take a meal at some point! Here are some joints to consider in the greater Harriman State Park area.

Characters Bar and Restaurant

Characters Bar and Restaurant has a little bit of everything: with a pizza parlor as well as an “Irish Corner,” no matter what you’re craving, chances are, you’ll find it. There’s room for the little ones, too, with sized-down, kid-friendly options like chicken fingers and cheeseburgers. Even the pickiest eater will leave with a full tummy, and mom and dad will be happy, too!

Type: American

Location: Sloatsburg, NY

Seven Lakes Station

Seven Lakes Station is the kind of place where the craft beer is almost as important as the food itself. With 14 local and specialty taps on rotation, you’ll get what you’re craving whether that be a sticky stout or hoppy IPA -- and enjoy comforting classics like hot pressed sandwiches and cheese boards alongside your beverage.

Type: Comfort Food

Location: Sloatsburg, NY

Tuxedo Sushi

Tuxedo Sushi serves up freshly-made rolls and sashimi as well as bento-style favorites like chicken teriyaki and katsu. Prices are affordable and appetizers are sized to share, so be sure to bring your appetite.

Type: Asian

Location: Tuxedo, NY

Shopping

Duck Cedar Plaza

Duck Cedar Plaza in nearby Tuxedo is nestled on the western edge of the park. But let’s be frank: you’re just an hour away from New York City, one of the shopping capitals of not just the country, but the world. The opportunities are literally endless!

Location: Tuxedo, NY

Sightseeing

Fort Montgomery

Fort Montgomery dates all the way back to 1776, when the fortification was erected to serve in the American revolution. Take a stroll back through time and pay your respects by taking a quick visit, where exhibits and an action-packed 15-minute video will help you brush up on your history lessons.

Location: Fort Montgomery, NY

Museum Village

Museum Village offers a one-of-a-kind open-air museum experience sure to captivate visitors of all ages. With both collections of authentic artifacts and hands-on educational experiences put together by reenactors and historians, you and your kids will be able to get an up close and personal look at what life was like in this area back in the early 19th century.

Location: Monroe, NY

Trailside Museums and Zoo

Trailside Museums and Zoo are actually located inside nearby Bear Mountain State Park, and its exhibits are open daily all year round. You’ll be able to see a wide range of birds, amphibians, and mammals, including the popular coyote and bear exhibits. There’s also an on-site Geology Museum, History Museum, and more.

Location: Tomkins Cove, NY

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How to Get to
Harriman State Park

Harriman State Park is located a convenient hour from New York City and is accessible via Palisades Interstate Parkway. The address to feed into your GPS or navigation system is as follows:

Seven Lakes Dr / Bear Mountain Circle

Ramapo, NY 10974

Entering Harriman State Park

Unlike many state parks, you won’t necessarily have to pay a vehicle fee simply to enter the park and enjoy its trails. However, Lakes Welch, Tiorati, Kanawauke, and Silvermine do carry vehicle use fees during the busy summer travel season and on holidays and weekends.

The park is open seven days a week, year round, from sunup until sundown, though certain sections and amenities may close seasonally due to weather.

We can’t wait to hear all about your Harriman State Park adventure, whether you go when it’s a winter wonderland or you bask in the summer splendor. Be sure to tag us in your social media posts, or email the deets to us directly at [email protected]. We might just repost your adventures on our blog or social media channels!