Break Out the S’mores

Thompsons_Lake_Trailor_PRK_3131State Parks will soon begin building its first new tent-trailer accessible campground in decades. The new campground at Schodack Island State Park will include 63 campsites and is expected to open in 2015. The $1.5 million project, funded by the New York Works initiative, will divide the campsites into three loops and will include two new bathroom and shower buildings. Two of the three loops will offer electrical hook-ups for trailers and recreational vehicles. New trail connections will link the campground to the existing 8-mile multi-use trail network on both the Hudson River and Schodack Creek sides of the island. See a map detailing the new campground.

Schodack Island State Park is one of the state’s newest parks, opening in 2002, and is visited by 100,000 people annually. It’s location off the eastern shore of the Hudson River just south of Albany and its seven miles of shoreline make the 1,052-acre park particularly attractive to anglers and recreational boaters.

The announcement of the new campground comes at a time when camping at state parks is growing in popularity. Heading into the Memorial Day weekend, State Park campgrounds statewide were 90% booked and running 5% higher than they were at the same time last year. Several promotions have helped boost the numbers.

The state is currently running an Early Summer Camping Special Offer. The offer includes $5 per night off regular rates from May 27- June 26 for campers making reservations using the promo code EARLYCAMP14. The deal covers 112 New York State Parks and Department of Environmental Conservation-operated campgrounds. To get the deal, book online or over the phone at 800.456.CAMP.

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