Growing up in Massachusetts's 3rd largest city (Springfield), my summers consisted of Camping. We'd wait for Dad to leave work on Fridays; the 88 Chevy was already hooked up to the 30-foot Jayco camper, ready to roll out of town. It was a great way to "vacationon a budget. 

It's my hope that weekend warriors or potential RV’ers will read about these 5 getaways and "roll outon their own adventure that awaits them at one of these hour-or-so drivable campgrounds

Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park  -50 Bevier Road, Gardiner, New York 12525

Google Maps, Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort: Lazy River in Gardiner, NY
Google Maps, Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort: Lazy River in Gardiner, NY

 Located in Gardiner, New York, Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Lazy River offers a blend of local charm with the amenities of a larger chain. Whether you prefer being near the action or seeking solitude by the river, the campground provides back-in, pull-thru, or buddy sites equipped with electric, water, and sewer hookups.

Guests can enjoy a true New York RV camping experience with picnic tables and fire rings at every site.

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Copake Camping Resort- 2236 County Route 7 Copake, NY 12516


Copake Camping Resort in Copake, New York, has earned accolades including "Best of Columbia Countyfor four consecutive years. Boasting updated electricity throughout the campground, including 50 amp service options, it caters to RVs of all sizes. 

Families can partake in themed weekends and activities, while furry friends have access to two dedicated dog parks.

Woodland Valley Campground- 1319 Woodland Valley Rd, Phoenicia, NY 12464

As someone who has spent many a summer in Phoenicia, I can attest to the beauty of the area. The deep Folk roots and main street charm are enough reason to come back again and again 

 Nestled at the base of Slide Mountain in Phoenicia, New York, Woodland Valley Campground offers 70 tent and trailer sites amidst the picturesque Catskill Mountains. Alongside modern amenities like flush toilets and hot showers, it serves as a trailhead for various hiking routes, including the Slide-Wittenberg Trail.

Guests can explore nearby attractions such as tubing on the Esopus Creek and quaint shops in the Village of Phoenicia.

Beaver Pond Campground -700 Kanawauke Rd, Stony Point, NY 10980

Heh Heh…Beaver

 Just a short drive north of the George Washington Bridge, Beaver Pond Campground sits adjacent to Lake Welch Recreation Area within Harriman State Park. With tent and trailer sites, including accommodations for larger vehicles, guests can enjoy a range of amenities including picnic tables, fire rings, and comfort stations.

The campground also offers a protected swimming beach and easy access to nearby historic sites and state parks

Rondout Valley RV Campground-105 Mettacahonts Rd, Accord, NY

 Situated in Accord, New York, Rondout Valley RV Campground provides a premier location in the scenic Hudson River Valley. Whether guests opt for basic or full hookup campsites, rental cabins, or park models, there's something for every level of camper.

With activities such as fishing, hiking, and live entertainment, the campground promises a memorable stay amidst the natural beauty of the surrounding mountains.

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