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Camp New York and See NY's Waterfalls and Wildflowers


         As the weather warms up and spring makes it way across New York, the flow of water in the state’s many waterfalls will increase as wildflowers begin to bloom, providing beautiful scenery for day hikes and camping trips.
        One great resource to find waterfalls is I LOVE NEW YORK’s waterfalls page at, which provides detailed information and photos of New York’s waterfalls as well as directions on how to get there.
        “Visit the I LOVE NEW YORK website first to find waterfalls of interest to you, then check to see which campgrounds are nearby that could be used as base camps for visiting these places,” said Don Bennett, Jr., president and CEO of Campground Owners of New York.
         The same approach can be used with, which highlights some of New York’s most scenic wildflower trails at
        Bennett noted that many campgrounds have rental accommodations, so it’s not always imperative to have a tent or RV.
        Here’s a sampling of exceptional waterfall and wildflower destinations that are a short driving distance from campgrounds in several different areas of New York:
        Sample Waterfall Destinations

        Kaaterskill Falls (The Catskills)

        Nearby Campgrounds:
        —  Rip Van Winkle Campgrounds, Saugerties, (845) 246-8334. Distance from waterfall trailhead: 25 minutes

        — Brook n Wood Family Campground, Elizaville,, (518) 537-6896. Distance from waterfall trailhead: 50 minutes

        Taughannock Falls

        At 215 feet, Taughannock Falls is the tallest single drop waterfall east of the Rocky Mountains. But there are over 150 waterfalls in the greater Ithaca area, according to

        Nearby campground:

        — Spruce Row Campground & RV Park, Ithaca,, (607) 387-9225. Distance from Taughannock Falls trailhead: 10 minutes. 10-15 minutes to other area waterfalls.
        Waterfalls at Letchworth State Park

        Known at the “Grand Canyon of the East,” Letchworth State Park has dozens of waterfalls, including three large waterfalls on the Genesee River.

        Nearby campground:
        — Sugar Creek Glen Campground, Danville,, 585-335-6294. This campground has a beautiful waterfall onsite. Distance from Letchworth State Park is 30 minutes.
        Sample Wildflower Destinations

        Chautauqua Creek Oxbow Nature Preserve

        Nearby campground:
        — Chautauqua Lake KOA, Dewittville,, (716) 386-3804.
Distance from the nature preserve is 25 minutes.

        Mildred E. Faust Wildflower Garden at Baltimore Woods

        Nearby campground:

        — Hejamada Campground & RV Park, Port Byron,, (315) 776-5887. Distance from Mildred E. Faust Wildflower Garden is 35 minutes. This campground is also 10 minutes away from the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge, a bird sanctuary that’s great for spotting bald eagles and osprey.
        Tinker Falls/Labrador Hollow Unique Area

        Nearby campground:

        — Forest Lake Campground, Truxton,, (607) 842-6401. Distance from Tinker Falls/Labrador Hollow Unique Area is 15 minutes.
        About Campground Owners of New York
        Campground Owners of New York is the trade association that represents independent campgrounds and RV parks in New York. Based in Pittsford, CONY provides education, government affairs and marketing services for campgrounds, including hosting, a travel planning website, and publishing a printed directory of New York campgrounds.

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