There are limited locations along the Empire State Trail route where overnight camping is available:

  • As depicted on the trail segment maps, in some areas state and private campgrounds are located within 5 miles of the Empire State Trail route. Trail users will need to detour off the trail route on public roads to access most campgrounds. Advance reservations are recommended as many campgrounds fill to capacity on weekends from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
  • The New York State Canal Corporation has designated Primitive Camping areas at many of its locks along the Erie Canal and Champlain Canal, including the Waterford Canal Visitor Center (Lock E-2), Fort Plain (Lock E-15), Utica (Lock E-20), New London (Lock E-21), and Schuylerville (Lock C-30), along with many other locks with prior permission from Lock Keepers. Detailed information about primitive camping locations is available on the Canal Corporation website:
  • Trail users should be aware that no public or private campgrounds are available along significant stretches of the Empire State Trail, particularly in the Hudson Valley section from New York City to Albany.



Discover campsites along the Empire State Trail

Discover campsites along the Empire State Trail

Hudson Valley Greenway Trail

Maybrook Trailway Pawling to Hopewell Junction Wallkill Valley Rail Trail New Paltz to South Kingston Albany-Hudson Electric Trail Kinderhook to Nassau

Erie Canalway Trail

Shoreline Trail Buffalo to Tonawanda Erie Canalway Trail Lockport to Middleport Erie Canalway Trail Middleport to Albion Erie Canalway Trail Albion to Brockport Erie Canalway Trail Fairport to Palmyra Erie Canalway Trail Newark to Savannah Empire State Bicycle Route Savannah to Port Byron Erie Canalway Trail Port Byron to Camillus Erie Canalway Trail DeWitt to Chittenango Erie Canalway Trail Chittenango to Erie Canal Lock 21 Erie Canalway Trail Erie Canal Lock 21 to Rome Erie Canalway Trail Rome to Utica Erie Canalway Trail Frankfort to Little Falls Erie Canalway Trail Little Falls to Canajoharie Erie Canalway Trail Amsterdam to Schenectady

Champlain Valley Trail

Champlain Canalway Trail Peebles Island State Park to Halfmoon On-Road Section Halfmoon to Schuylerville Champlain Canalway Trail Schuylerville to Fort Miller Champlain Canalway Trail Fort Edward to Fort Ann Champlain On-Road Bicycle Route Whitehall to Ticonderoga Champlain On-Road Bicycle Route Ticonderoga to Westport Champlain On-Road Bicycle Route Westport to Keeseville Champlain On-Road Bicycle Route Keeseville to Plattsburgh Champlain On-Road Bicycle Route Plattsburgh to Rouses Point