Nothing beats hitting up the wilderness for some serenity. But, if you wait to make plans, you might not be able to camp at all.

With prices soaring all across New York on pretty much everything, camping still remains a cheap weekend option that so many across the state enjoy. Because a big group of people makes it a yearly tradition, for some multiple times, now truthfully is the time to make your plans.

If you are someone who spur of the moment goes camping, that may not happen in 2022.

“Don’t wait too long to reserve a site,”. “While there are still plenty of campsites available, summer weekends and prime sites are filling up quickly.” - Dan O’Keefe, New York Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation spokesman

Now, obviously, if you're hearing that said from a New York State spokesperson, then it certainly is in regards to camping at New York State Parks. If droves of people are making plans to camp there, imagine the privately run ones that people have huge desirability for.

One of the fun things though about camping at New York State Parks is how much there is to do. For instance, scroll below and see all the fun that can be had on a random weekend at Thacher Park in the Capital Region, which happens to be a state-run park. If you're going camping with kids involved, it almost becomes a no-brainer.

Heads up, camping season at these parks begins May 20th. Click here to make a reservation now.

John Boyd Thacher State Park

This park is nestled just 35 minutes outside of Albany making it a very short drive from anywhere in Central New York. As you are about to see, they have a lot to do for people of all ages as well.

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