Taughannock Falls State Park

47 New York State Parks Within a 2-hour Drive of Rochester, NY

Most of our beautiful New York State Parks have 2 things in common; hiking trails and water. As wonderful as both elements are, I encourage you to venture into one of these parks and discover what makes each unique! If you visit multiple NYS parks in one day, you only pay admission at the 1st park. Keep your receipt and show it at each new park that day for free entry.

Finger Lakes Region

  1. Allan H. Treman State Marine Park

One of the largest inland marinas in New York State, within easy walking distance to the city of Ithaca along the Cayuga Waterfront Trail.

Buttermilk Falls New York State Park
Buttermilk Falls State Park
  1. Buttermilk Falls State Park

The upper park has a small lake, hiking trails through woodlands and along the gorge and rim, picnic areas and playing fields. The lower park has a campground, natural pool and playing fields, beyond which is Larch Meadows. Larch Meadows is a wetland area through which a nature trail winds.

  1. Cayuga Lake State Park

The scenic highlight of the park is its expansive view of Cayuga Lake. A variety of aquatic activities from swimming to fishing as well as its many campsites and cabins.

Chimney Bluffs
Chimney Bluffs State Park
  1. Chimney Bluffs State Park

The most dramatic landscape on the Lake Ontario shore. Experience the massive earthen spires while enjoying the park’s lakeshore nature trails. Experience them from above and below.

  1. Fair Haven Beach State Park

One of the finest public lakefronts in upstate New York, with towering shoreline bluffs, sandy beaches and adjoining hilly woodlands.

  1. Fillmore Glen State Park

An oasis of cool, dense woods crowding into a long, narrow gorge. Explore its unique geological formations, five waterfalls, and a botanically rich glen.

Harriet Hollister Spencer State Recreation Area
Harriet Hollister Spencer State Recreation Area
  1. Harriet Hollister Spencer State Recreation Area

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One of the most striking scenic views in the Finger Lakes Region.

  1. Keuka Lake State Park

Views of vineyard-covered slopes, glimmering water and clear blue sky provide a backdrop for a variety of outdoor activities.

  1. Long Point State Park – Finger Lakes

Located on the shore of Cayuga Lake the park provides boat launch facilities, a beach with swimming area, picnic areas, and fishing access.

  1. Newtown Battlefield State Park

A pristine granite monument marks the site of the 1779 hillside battle between The Continental Army and British regulars, Loyalist rangers and 1000 Iroquois Indian warriors.

  1. Pinnacle State Park

Pinnacle State Park has breathtaking views and tremendous vistas, including the Canisteo River Valley, Harris Hill and the village of Addison.

  1. Robert H. Treman State Park

An area of wild beauty, with the rugged Enfield Glen gorge as its scenic highlight scattered with 12 waterfalls, including the 115-foot Lucifer Falls.

  1. Sampson State Park

Located on Seneca Lake, Sampson was once a military training base before becoming an area of grasses, wildflowers, shrubs and trees on flat, rolling woodlands surrounding ravines.

  1. Seneca Lake State Park

The banks of the blue water of Seneca Lake create a relaxing experience for swimmers and picnickers. Children will be delighted with our Sprayground and Playground facilities.

Stony Brook New York State Park
Stony Brook State Park
  1. Stony Brook State Park

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Hilly woodlands, a deep gorge with rugged cliffs, three waterfalls and fascinating rock formations comprise the park offering camping, hiking and swimming in a stream-fed pool.

Taughannock Falls
Taughannock Falls State Park
  1. Taughannock Falls State Park

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215 foot namesake waterfall is one of the outstanding natural attractions of the Northeast. Trails offer spectacular views from above and below the breathtaking falls.

  1. Watkins Glen State Park

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Within two miles, the glen’s stream descends 400 feet past 200-foot cliffs, generating 19 waterfalls along its course.

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Genesee Region

  1. Darien Lakes State Park

Darien Lake’s varied terrain includes hills, woodlands, ravines, streams and Harlow Lake. The park features campsites as well as a rustic bridge over a channel to Picnic Island.

Hamlin Beach New York State Park
Hamlin Beach State Park
  1. Hamlin Beach State Park

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Clear water, sandy beaches and tent and trailer campsites entice thousands of visitors each year.

  1. Irondequoit Bay State Marine Park

Irondequoit Bay Marine Park is a launch site for small and power boats providing fishing access to Lake Ontario. It has a small toilet facility and a boat clean out station. Previously a Monroe County Park that has transition to the state.

  1. Lakeside Beach State Park

The park offers outstanding panoramic views of Lake Ontario and surrounding farms and fruit orchards. Camping, hiking, fishing, and picnicking bring thousands to Lakeside Beach.

Letchworth New York State Park
Letchworth State Park
  1. Letchworth State Park

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The “Grand Canyon of the East,” Letchworth is one of the most magnificent areas in the eastern U.S. Waterfalls, cliffs, and a deep gorge are just some of the parks stunning features.

  1. Oak Orchard State Marine Park

Oak Orchard State Marine Park is a boat launch facility on Lake Ontario with fishing access and picnic areas.

  1. Silver Lake State Park

Silver Lake State Park provides a boat launch facility for boating and fishing on the lake. The area also has picnic facilities and a comfort station which is open year round.

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Niagara Region

  1. Artpark State Park (Earl W. Brydges)

Although it is primarily a venue for music, visitors enjoy 4 scenic hiking trails and various picnic spots throughout Artpark.

  1. Beaver Island State Park

Located at the south end of Grand Island the park boasts a wide range of outdoor activities.  Enjoy the park’s 18-hole golf course, swimming and boating facilities, or trail systems.

  1. Buckhorn Island State Park

The vast marshlands and meadows of Buckhorn Island border the Niagara River. Explore the nature trails or spend the day fishing or cross-country skiing depending on the season.

  1. Buffalo Harbor State Park

Buffalo Harbor State Park offers beautiful views of Lake Erie. The park is home to a 1,000 slip marina, a restaurant, boat launches, personal watercraft launches, fish cleaning station, restrooms, and a beach for strolling and sunbathing.

  1. De Veaux Woods State Park

De Veaux Woods State Park has two ball diamonds, a playground, nature trails through a meadow and Old Growth Woods, and a path that leads across the Robert Moses Parkway to Whirlpool State Park with access to the Niagara gorge trail system.

  1. Devil’s Hole State Park

Devil’s Hole State Park overlooks the Devil’s Hole Rapids. The park has picnic areas, scenic overlooks and hiking trails, and is one of the more popular spots for fishing.

  1. Evangola State Park

Evangola State Park features a beautiful arc-shaped shoreline and natural sand beach on Lake Erie. The park also offers picnic facilities, 80 campsites, and playing fields.

Old Fort Niagara State Park
Fort Niagara State Park
  1. Fort Niagara State Park

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Fort Niagara State Park offers boat access to the Lower Niagara River and Lake Ontario. Adjacent to Old Fort Niagara the park offers hiking, swimming and many other activities.

  1. Four Mile Creek State Park

Located on the shores of Lake Ontario only 15 minutes from the mighty Niagara Falls the park offers a variety of camping options as well as trails exploring shores and marshlands.

  1. Golden Hill State Park

Located on the scenic shore of Lake Ontario the park is home to The Thirty Mile Lighthouse. The park offers boating, fishing, hiking, and walking tours of the lighthouse.

  1. Joseph Davis State Park

Fields, woodlands and ponds provide the landscape for the wide variety of recreation. Fishing, hiking, and frisbee disc golf are just some of the activities offered by the park.

  1. Knox Farm State Park

Situated on a former country estate the park is adjacent to the historic village of East Aurora. The park features a variety of habitats and is home to several species of farm animals.

Niagara Falls New York State Park USA
Niagara Falls State Park
  1. Niagara Falls State Park

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The oldest state park in the United States offers numerous islands, famous Prospect Point area and many unique views of the world famous falls.

  1. Reservoir State Park

Reservoir State Park is a favorite of local residents in Niagara County. The park offers a variety of sports facilities including tennis, baseball, roller hockey, soccer, and softball.

  1. Whirlpool State Park

Spectacular views of swirling rapids, the whirlpool and the Niagara River Escarpment as well as a network of nature trails that descend into the gorge.

  1. Wilson-Tuscarora State Park

A well-preserved natural area for many varieties of plants and wildlife, encompassing 395 acres of mature woods, open meadows and marshland on Tuscarora Bay.

  1. Woodlawn Beach State Park

Located on Lake Erie, within the Buffalo metropolitan area, the park offers a beautiful, long natural sand beach with lovely panoramic views and spectacular sunsets on the lake.

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Central Region

  1. Chittenango Falls State Park

Glacial sculpted 400 million year-old bedrock is responsible for the park’s picturesque 167 foot namesake waterfall. Enjoy the views offered by trails winding through the gorge.

  1. Green Lakes State Park

Green Lakes State Park features two glacial lakes surrounded by upland forest. The park also features an 18-hole golf course, as well as 10 miles of trails.

  1. Mexico Point Boat Launch

Mexico Point offers a large concrete boat launch into the Little Salmon River with close access to Lake Ontario.

  1. Sandy Island Beach State Park

The scenic dunes found at the park were formed by a giant inland sea that preceded Lake Ontario. Walkovers and viewing platforms have been built to protect the fragile dune environment.

  1. Selkirk Shores State Park

Overlooking a bluff on Lake Ontario the park offers Great Lakes swimming, fishing and spectacular sunsets. Boat launch sites as well as camping facilities are also available.

  1. Verona Beach State Park

Located on the eastern shore of Oneida Lake the park is a picnicker’s and camper’s delight. Shaded picnic areas and the campground boast a view of the park’s scenic beach.

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Debi Bower

Born, raised and living life as a digital designer in Rochester, NY! I am also a day-tripper, writer & photographer, exploring the nooks and crannies that make our part of New York State so special.


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