Thacher State Park RV & Campground Guide

New York

Located in Voorheesville, NY, Thacher State Park allows scenic views of the Green and Adirondack Mountains, as well as the Mohawk Valleys. Its location along the Helderberg Escarpment makes it a great destination for hikers, bikers, explorers, and anyone who loves nature. Inside the park are playgrounds, volleyball courts, picnic areas, 25 miles of trails, and 140 primitive campsites, among other facilities. When you are not zip-lining, playing aerial games, or engaging in any other games in the park, you can visit the nearby towns of Albany, Rotterdam, or Schenectady for a taste of northwestern New York. The weather in Voorheesville, NY, is warm from May to September, but the range of cold-weather activities makes the park a year-round destination.

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Spring 25-70 F
Summer 56-83 F
Fall 31-73 F
Winter 14-36 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Thacher State Park

There is something to see, do, or experience for everyone at the Thacher State Park, so load your RV and get on a road trip to the park. Camping at one of the primitive campsites in an RV gives you comfort while allowing you to experience the best of what the park has to offer. If you do not have an RV, you can rent one today at RVShare.

Thompson's Lake Campground

Located at the periphery of Thacher State Park, the Thompson's Lake Campground has 140 primitive campsites where RVs, campers, and tents are allowed. As with other New York state campgrounds, you do not need reservations. However, in the busy summer season and on holiday weekends, making a reservation ensures you have an RV spot when you get to the campground.

The back-in sites can park vehicles between 20 and 40 feet long. These sites offer no hookups, but you will have access to a centrally located shower and restroom. Each campsite is near a dump station, playground, and the Treadwell Thacher Nature Center, which offers nature programs. You can also access historical exhibits, hiking trails, and sport equipment rentals from the campground.

Thompson's Lake Campground is part of the Thompson Lake State Park, which allows more fun for visitors looking to visit another nearby park. Hunting is legal in the Thacher State Park if you bring the right gear and licensing. You can also bring up to two pets as long as you present proof of vaccination and you keep them on leashes. Nightly rates start at $80 for the Empire Pass card that gives you access to all facilities at the park.

  • Water hookup: No

  • Electrical hookup: No

  • Sewer hookup: No

  • Wi-Fi: No

  • Pet-friendly: Yes

  • Other amenities: Dump station, picnic tables, central shower and restroom

Schodack Island State Park Campground

Located within the Schodack Island State Park in Schodack Landing, NY, this campground has 66 pull-thru and back-in sites. While in the campground, you can enjoy nature in the 1,052-acre state park set along the Schodack Creek and the Hudson River. The Schodack Island State Park is a designated State Estuary with a Bird Conservation area where you can watch hundreds of bird species.

Campsites offer electrical hookups, but there are no water or sewer hookups. Some campsites offer a 50-amp hookup, but most offer 30/20/15 amp hookups. You will have access to central restrooms, showers, and a dump station while in the campground. You can bring your pets as long as you keep them on a leash and pick after them. Reservation fees (for those who choose to) start at $7.25, and nightly rates start at $30.

  • Water hookup: No

  • Electrical hookup: Yes

  • Sewer hookup: No

  • Wi-Fi: No

  • Pet-friendly: Yes

  • Other amenities: Dump station, central shower, and restroom

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What to Do at
Thacher State Park

Inside Thacher State Park

Thacher State Park is a rich fossil-bearing center where historians and explorers can learn more about the world. It boasts a limestone cliff face that runs for six miles, rock-strewn ropes, open fields, and woodlands. You can learn geology or history at the Visitor Center, engage in sport climbing, enjoy zip-lining, aerial games, and the 40-foot jump at the new Wild Play Adventure Course. Other interesting activities inside the park include hiking and sightseeing, hunting, golfing, biking, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, grilling, and waterfall activities.

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How to Get to
Thacher State Park

You can get to Thacher State Park from New York City via I-87 N. Continue on FDR Dr. and get on I-87 N. Take exit 21B onto US-9W N/Rte towards Ravena. Follow NY-143 W and then NY-32 N, and drive to NY-157 W all the way to 830 Thacher Park Rd.

Entering Thacher State Park

Thacher State Park is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week. Once there, you need an Empire Pass Card to access facilities and amenities.

Thacher State Park Per vehicle (1-12 people) : $6.0

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Frequently Asked Questions About Thacher State Park

What is the best time of year to visit Thacher State Park?

Thacher State Park is an excellent destination for bikers, hikers, and all-around outdoor enthusiasts. Plan a visit during the fall or spring if you prefer to participate in these activities during cooler weather.

What is the climate of Thacher State Park?

Thacher State Park is located in a part of New York state that experiences warm summers great for enjoying water activities and cold, snowy winters ideal for outdoor activities like snowshoeing.

What kind of wildlife can be found in Thacher State Park?

There's plenty of wildlife to watch in this park. Keep your eyes peeled for white-tailed deer and red-spotted newts. If you enjoy birdwatching, you'll catch glimpses of hawks, warblers, turkey vultures, and woodpeckers.

Are there designated RV camping spots in Thacher State Park?

At Thacher State Park, there are 140 rustic campsites with no hookups for all types of camping, not just RVing. Back-in sites at the park's campground can accommodate campers or RVs up to 40 feet long.

Do you have to reserve a camping spot at Thacher State Park and what is the cost?

New York state parks don't require campers to make reservations, and Thacher State Park is no exception. However, it's best to reserve a spot if you're planning a trip during peak times.