Friday, April 29, 2016

Take Amtrak to New York State Parks

With the beautiful weather approaching fast, parks across the state are preparing a number of spring and summer activities for their visitors. What better way to start off these lively seasons than scheduling a relaxing retreat to one of New York's picturesque park grounds.

And don't forget I Love My Park Day! Take part in this exciting statewide event to commemorate and enhance New York's park and historic site system.

Here are a handful of sites we recommend visiting via Amtrak! For more, click here!

Photo from Roadtrippers
Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park
(10.5 Miles from Croton-Harmon Amtrak Station) — About 40 miles north of New York City, the scenic Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park offers a day of fun and relaxation. The grounds contain a spacious picnic area with rentable pavilions, a mammoth-sized 3,500 person pool—double the size of an Olympic-sized pool, picture-perfect fishing and boating on Lake Mohansic and Crom-Pond, a newly renovated playground with climbing walls, two-NCAA regulation courts and a disco-gold course. Bike or hike, rent a boat and go fishing, or just take in the beauty of this 960-acre park.

Photo from Moreau Lake State Park
Moreau Lake State Park (8.6 Miles from Fort Edwards Amtrak Station) — Among the hardwood forests, pine stands and rocky ridges of the capital region, this state park offers a beautiful sandy beach that surrounds Moreau Lake, complete with beachside lounges, umbrellas and fishing gear available for rent. Shady groves of trees shelter picnic grounds and two 120-person capacity pavilions overlooking the lake. Cabins, cottages, tent sites and camper and trailer sites are available throughout the year. Hiking, boating and fishing, and biking are all popular at this site—all within proximity of the Saratoga Springs and Lake George areas too!

Photo from New York State Parks
Cumberland Bay State Park (3.8 Miles from Plattsburgh Amtrak Station) — Located on the western shore of Lake Champlain, Cumberland Bay State Park is popular with campers and day-users because of its naturally large sandy beach and picnic grounds, complete with tables and grills. The grounds contain a playground and playing field perfect for kids and family gatherings. So get ready to fire up the grill, and pack your towels and sunscreen for a fun weekend at Cumberland Bay.

Photo by Ducio1234
Delta Lake State Park (6.3 Miles from Rome Amtrak Station) — Found on a peninsula extending into the Delta Reservoir, the wooded and generally flat terrain of Delta Lake State Park allows year-round visitors to enjoy the day in one of its many picnic areas, or on one its many hiking and nature trails. There is also a boat launch and shoreline fishing for trout, pike, bass and more. Looking for a weekend away? Campers can enjoy 101 tent, trailer or RV camping sites and a sandy beach for swimming.

Photo from Trip Advisor

Devil's Hole State Park (2.1 Miles from Niagara Falls Amtrak Station) — Overlooking the Devil's Hole Rapids, Devil's Hole State Park has picnic areas, scenic overlooks and hiking trails, and a popular spot for fishing. Take the park's stone staircase down to the base of the forge and the Devil's Hole Trail, both with spectacular views of the rapids and gorge rock layers.

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