Established in 1898, Cedar Point State Park is one of the oldest state parks in New York. It's also a popular summer camping spot, combining a beautiful waterfront setting with a large, pet-friendly campground.
Situated in the Thousand Islands region on the banks of the St. Lawrence River, Cedar Point State Park's headline attraction is a sandy, sheltered swimming beach. This is a favorite haunt for swimmers and sunbathers during the warmer months, and there's also easy access for anyone wanting to launch a canoe or kayak.
A boat dock and fishing pier are also provided, while the nearby picnic area offers plenty of comfortable spots to enjoy lunch in the sun. For many visitors, the best way to pass the time in Cedar Point State Park is to simply sit back, enjoy the peaceful water views, and watch the ships pass by.
The campground is open from early May until Columbus Day. It features more than 160 sites for tents and RVs, including a mixture of paved and grassy sites. There's not a whole lot of space between the sites, however, so if you're searching for a private and secluded camping experience, then this may not be the park for you. And when booking a site, make sure not to confuse this park with Cedar Point County Park, which is found on Long Island.
A $7 day-use fee applies at Cedar Point State Park in peak periods, while campsites can be reserved for $18 to $34 a night. Dogs are welcome to join you in the campground but you'll need to follow a few simple rules. These include keeping your pet on a leash of six feet or shorter, providing proof of their current rabies vaccination, and cleaning up after them whenever required. There's also a two-pet maximum per campsite.
Despite its popularity, Cedar Point State Park still offers a relaxing pet-friendly camping experience. And with several other state parks nearby on this beautiful stretch of river, it's well worth checking out with your four-legged friend.