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Camping at Chittenango Falls State Park

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Chittenango Falls State Park is a beautiful state park located in Madison County, New York, renowned for its central attraction, a 167-foot waterfall that cascades down a steep rock face. The park offers a variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, picnicking, fishing, and camping.

Camping Details

  • Campsite Information: As of my last update, Chittenango Falls State Park does not offer camping within the park itself. Therefore, visitors interested in camping would need to look for campgrounds in the surrounding area.

  • Nearby Campgrounds: Although you cannot camp at Chittenango Falls State Park, you may find campgrounds in the vicinity that can serve as a base for exploring the park. Research or contact local tourism offices for up-to-date information on the closest campgrounds.

  • Alternative Accommodations: If you prefer staying indoors, there are bed and breakfasts, motels, and hotels within a reasonable driving distance of the park.


  • Hiking: There are several trails that allow visitors to explore the park's natural beauty, including a trail that provides a stunning view of the falls.

  • Picnicking: The park has picnic tables and pavilions where visitors can enjoy a meal surrounded by nature.

  • Fishing: The park's stream offers opportunities for fishing. Please be aware of New York State fishing regulations.

  • Wildlife and Photography: It's a good spot for bird watching and photography given the scenic vistas and potential wildlife sightings.

Facilities and Amenities

  • Pavilions: The park has pavilions that can be reserved for group outings.

  • Restrooms: Restroom facilities are available throughout the park.

  • Parking: There is parking available within the park, including near the waterfall and main day use areas.

Park Fees

  • Entrance Fee: There may be a vehicle entrance fee, which typically varies depending on the time of year and day of the week.

  • Pavilion Reservation Fee: If you are planning to reserve a pavilion for an event, there may be an associated cost.

Important Rules and Considerations

  • Pets: Pets are permitted in the park but must be kept on a leash at all times and are not allowed in all areas.

  • Protect Natural Features: Visitors should refrain from littering and should not damage or remove any of the park’s natural resources.

  • Safety Near Water: Exercise caution near the waterfall and follow any posted safety warnings and guidelines.

  • Stay on Trails: To protect both the environment and your own safety, it’s important to stay on the designated trails.

Visitor Tips

  • Best Time to Visit: The best times to visit to avoid crowds are usually weekdays and outside of peak summer months.

  • Check Weather: Be mindful of weather conditions before your visit, as trails can be slippery when wet.

  • Accessibility: Consider the physical fitness required for the park’s trails. They may not all be suitable for visitors with mobility issues.

Contact Information

For the most current information about Chittenango Falls State Park facilities, fees, and regulations, contact the park directly or visit the New York State Parks website. They can provide details about park hours, any changes to services or amenities, and updates related to weather or maintenance closures.

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