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Hamlin Beach State Park — Hamlin, N.Y.

Campground with rich history and great trails
  • Editor Rating

  • Rated 4 stars
$21 to $25
  • 80%


Summary:

Hamlin Beach State Park is 25 miles west of Rochester, N.Y. and a great getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life. Much of Hamlin Beach State Park was made possible because of the work of the CCC in 1935 when they improved beaches, built six buildings and thousands of feet of seawall, planted trees and sawed lumber.

The park has closed during the 1940’s as it was used for migrant farmers and then WW II POWs. The park has been through much turmoil over the years but has persevered and remains a favorite park among the great New York State Parks.

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Pros

  • Spacious, wooded sites that provide a great deal of shade and privacy
  • 30A and 50A sites available
  • 264 Tent/RV sites spread over six loops allows plenty of space at each campsite
  • Separate pet and non-pet loops allow you to choose your preference
  • Larger loops have multiple bathhouses spread out to help with weekend camper congestion – they are outdated but had plenty of HOT water for showers
  • On site, 24 hour laundry in C loop
  • Camp Store is open Friday to Sunday during summer season
  • Large rec hall is available for inside activities Friday-Sunday during peak season
  • 10 miles of biking and hiking trails are in the park (also snowmobile and cross-country skiing during the winter season)
  • The Yanty Creek Marsh one mile self guided trail is a beautiful nature trail
  • The State Park is rich in history and was once worked on by the CCC. It also served as a POW camp during WW II. Volunteers are slowly working to turn that part of the park into a history trail.
  • Multiple playgrounds throughout the state park including one outside in loop C
  • Miles of sandy beach with picnic areas provide endless options to relax and enjoy non motorized water sports.

Cons

  • All sites are electric only
  • There is no fresh water fill at the dump station. You can fill up at the community spickets throughout the campground but you will have to park on the road to do so and will more than likely be blocking traffic on the one way road.
  • Extra $5 fee per night for non New York residents
  • Poor cellular service in campground
  • Rough roads leading in and out of the state park

About Jen Holt

Jen Holt and her husband Drew are parents to two young kids and travel the country in their fifth wheel nicknamed Big Moosey. The Holts have a passion for the outdoors and love visiting National Parks. You can follow more about the Holts adventures at www.free2breathe.com

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