Great Campgrounds

Bristol Woodlands Campgrounds
4835 South Hill Road
Bristol NY 14424
Hosts: Ken and Marlene Hansen

Bristol Woodlands offers camping and recreation on 100 acres of meadows and woodlands with great scenic views. Campers can choose from tent, RV or rental cabin options. Large sites (60 by 80 feet) with water, electric and sewer can accommodate RVs of just about any size.

Camping can be as rustic or as amenity-filled as you like. Three hiking trails, abundant wildlife and a fishing pond are sure to attract the outdoor enthusiast, while the modern facilities, large swimming pool, and on-site camp store, offering supplies like ice and LP gas, provide solace to those seeking additional creature comforts. Picnic tables, fire rings, fire wood and a large pavilion are available for those who like to dine and sit out on summer evenings, and there’s even a playground for the little campers to enjoy.

Canal Side Experiences
706 Waterloo-Geneva Road
Waterloo, NY 13165
Hosts: John and Paula Kenny

At Canal Side, campers can choose from a 49-foot houseboat (accommodates 10), a 24-foot camping trailer (sleeps six) or hook up their own RV to a site with 50-watt electric service and water. Though small, Canal Side offers some unique recreation options.

Canoes and kayaks are available for rent, or people can take a 1-and-a-half-hour guided tour into the backwaters, where few other boats can go. A guide can show them a view of the waterways and wildlife they’ll see nowhere else. Restaurant tours, fishing excursions or history-themed canal trips by motorboat or party boat are available as well.

Visitors can also host a get-together with friends or buy an original wooden chainsaw sculpture made by owner John Kenny. Canal Side is located conveniently close to shopping, dining and many museums. Dockage is available for boaters.

Cool Lea Camp
2540 State Route 228
Odessa, NY 14869
Hosts: Wayne and Rose Ann Simpkins

Open May 15 to October 15, Cool-Lea campground is set along the shores of pristine Cayuta Lake, a fishing paradise with largemouth bass, walleye, yellow perch, bluegill, pumpkinseed, rock bass, brown bullhead, chubsucker, golden shiner and white sucker. If angling isn’t your thing, you can get out on the water in a rental rowboat or canoe. Motorboats of any size are allowed on the lake.

Holidays are special at Cool-Lea. Enjoy charming celebrations during Memorial Day weekend, the annual Father’s Day breakfast, Independence Day and “Christmas in July.” Hayrides, potlucks, sing-alongs and bonfires are just the beginning. Check the online calendar for details.

Flint Creek Campground
1455 Phelps Road
Middlesex, NY 14507
Hosts: Gary, Beth and Josh Burgert

Flint Creek Campground is nestled between Seneca Lake, Keuka Lake and Canandaigua Lake, and is open May through October. The park has over 120 RV sites, most with sewer hookup. Tent camping, cabin rentals and group camping facilities are available. The camp provides picnic tables, fire rings, a laundromat, camp store (with firewood, ice and propane), clean restrooms, free hot showers and a dump station. Many facilities and activities are available: theme weekends, weekend hayrides, daily activities, a large swimming pool, 18-hole miniature golf, shuffleboard, volleyball, horseshoes, washer board, a large children’s playground, recreation field, pavilion, arcade and a fishing pond. It’s a great place to get away and enjoy the company of family and friends.

Hejamada Campground & RV Park
748 McDonald Road
Montezuma, NY 13117
Hosts: Rob and Beth Larson

Hejamada Campground and RV Park offers family oriented camping with over 200 large sites suitable for tenting, trailers and motorhomes. Fully furnished rental campers are also available. Water and electric are available at all sites, with some full hookups available. Large camper clubs or camping groups are welcome with advance notice, and the recreation hall is available for private functions.

The modern facilities include clean restrooms; laundry facilities; a recreation hall with bar, dance floor and stage; activity area, fitness room and game room; plus a children’s playground and a swimming pool. Outdoor activities include horseshoes, volleyball, half-court basketball, tether ball, shuffleboard and catch-and-release fishing. In addition to food staples and snacks, hot coffee, propane, bait, ice and firewood are also available in the general store.

Other Finger Lakes Camping Options:

Cheerful Valley Camground
1412 Route 14
Phelps, NY 14532

Cherry Grove Campground
12669 Ridge Road
Wolcott, NY 14590

Clute Memorial Park/Campground
155 South Clute Park Drive
Watkins Glen, NY 14891

Conesus Lake Campground
5609 East Lake Road
Conesus, NY 14435

Holiday Hill Campground
7818 Marvin Hill Road
Springwater, NY 14560
800-719-2267 • 585-669-2600

Junius Ponds Campground
1475 W. Townline Road
Phelps, NY 14532
315-781-5120 • 315-539-9008

Montour Falls Municipal Marina
& Campground
Marina Road
Montour Falls, NY 14865

CONY – Campground Owners of New York
1 Grove Street, Suite 200
Pittsford, NY 14534
800-497-2669 • 585-586-4360

Finger Lakes National Forest District Headquarters
5218 State Route 414
Hector, NY 14841

Or choose one of the 25 New York State Parks in the Finger Lakes:
Finger Lakes State Parks
Regional Commis­sion Office

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by Anya Harris

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