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Cherry Plain State Park is a New York State park located in eastern Rensselaer County. It's set in the Taconic Valley, part of the Taconic Mountain Range. The park offers a wide range of outdoor activities, such as hiking, swimming, fishing, camping, and picnicking.

Camping Information

Campsites: Cherry Plain State Park offers a number of camping options, including:

  • Tent sites
  • Trailer sites
  • A few cabin rentals

The park's campsites are typically nestled in wooded areas, offering a degree of privacy and ample shade.

Amenities: Facilities at the park include:

  • Picnic areas with tables and grills
  • Comfort stations with showers and flush toilets
  • A beach for swimming
  • Boat launch sites (non-motorized boats)

Reservations: Campsites and cabins in Cherry Plain State Park can be reserved in advance. Reservations can be made online or by calling the New York State Parks reservation system. It's often recommended to book ahead, especially during peak camping season.


Hiking: Several trails can be found throughout the park, suitable for varying skill levels and offering picturesque views of the surrounding area.

Swimming: The park’s sandy beach is located on Black River Pond and is typically open from Memorial Day through Labor Day, providing a refreshing spot for a swim.

Fishing: Anglers can enjoy fishing in the park’s ponds and streams, where they might catch species such as bass, bullhead, and pickerel. A New York State fishing license is required for fishing.

Boating: Non-motorized boating is allowed, and the park provides a boat launch for easy access to the water.

Winter Activities: During winter, when conditions permit, Cherry Plain State Park is available for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, offering a tranquil winter experience.

Wildlife and Nature

The park hosts a variety of wildlife, including birds and mammals typical of the New York woodlands. Its proximity to the Capital District Wildlife Management Area means visitors can expect rich biodiversity.

Visitor Tips

  • Check for ticks: As in many wooded areas of New York, ticks can be a concern, so visitors are advised to take precautions.
  • Leave No Trace: Visitors should follow the principles of Leave No Trace to preserve the natural beauty and integrity of the park.
  • Weather Preparedness: Be prepared for changing weather conditions, especially if hiking or engaging in other outdoor activities.
  • Know the Rules: Familiarize yourself with park rules regarding pets, alcohol, fires, and quiet times to ensure a pleasant visit for everyone.

For the most current information, contact the park directly or visit the official New York State Parks website before planning your visit. This will ensure you have the latest details on opening times, specific rules, and any possible alerts or changes due to seasonal considerations or weather conditions.

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