New York

Learn about camping and boondocking in New York

Rules for Camping in New York State Forests

These are the full set of rules adopted by the NY Department of Environmental Conservation for camping within New York's state forest system.

Rules for Using Rest Areas in New York

These are the official set of rules adopted by the New York Department of Transportation regarding the public use of their highway rest areas.

New York Camping Laws and Regulations

All the laws and regulations within the State of New York that pertain to camping, campfires, and other activities associated with camping, including overnight parking.

A Guide to Boondocking in New York

Boondocking in New York! Boondocking in New York is largely limited to the tiny Finger Lakes National Forest located in the central part of the state. Dispersed camping is not allowed in the Adirondacks or Catskills, though there are limited free camping opportunities in New York’s state forest system. You may also find some dispersed camping opportunities in the state’s wildlife management areas. New York Boondocking Map This New York Boondocking Map contains locations of free boondocking and free campgrounds where bloggers and YouTubers have produced detailed reviews. Click on a map marker to access their reviews… [AK] [AL] [AR] ... Read more

Map of New York Thruway Service Areas

This map of New York Thruway Service Areas was compiled from information obtained from the New York State Thruway Authority. This map is recompiled periodically to keep it up to date.

Is Dispersed Camping Allowed in the New York State Forest System?

Dispersed camping is allowed in the New York state forest system if you're a hiker with a tent. But if your goal is to boondock in your vehicle on state forest lands, it's practically impossible to do while adhering to laws...

New York State Rest Area Rules

How long can you stay at a New York rest area? Is overnight parking allowed at a New York rest area? Can you sleep in your car? Is camping allowed? What are the full New York rest area rules?

New York Rest Area Map

This map marks the locations of rest areas, parking areas, text spots, scenic overlooks, and service areas operated by the New York State Department of Transportation and the New York State Thruway Authority...