Sprawling along the Chenango River to the west of Fenton, New York, Chenango Valley State Park is a popular and well-maintained camping destination. It's home to two beautiful lakes, a wide range of bird species, an 18-hole golf course, and, best of all, a pet-friendly campground.
However, it's the unique natural beauty that draws most visitors to Chenango Valley State Park. It features Chenango Lake and Lily Lake -- two stunning kettle lakes that were created in the last Ice Age. Swimming, paddling, and fishing can all be enjoyed within the park, but no motorized boats are allowed.
If you'd like to explore on foot, more than 20 trails wind their way through this 1,137-acre park. Many are less than 1 mile long, but the scenic 1.6-mile Chenango Lake Trail is one of a few that gives you more of a chance to stretch your legs. While you're out hiking, keep an eye out for the many bird species that can be spotted in the park, including woodpeckers, warblers, and thrushes.
If you're planning a day trip to explore the local area, Binghamton is around a 20-minute drive away. It's well worth checking out if you're looking for somewhere to eat out and maybe sample some craft beer.
The campground is spread out across multiple loops and features 24 cabins and more than 180 wooded campsites. Amenities are clean and centrally located, and dogs are welcome throughout the campground. Of course, your pet must be on a six-foot leash and cleaned up after at all times, while campers will also need to keep an eye out for thieving raccoons that love nothing more than stealing food.
Please note that while camping season in Chenango Valley State Park runs from May to October, some campsites and cabins close in September. A $7 vehicle use fee applies and campsites range from $15 to $27 per night. If you're booking a cabin, prices start at $87.50 per night.
And with so much to see and do throughout Chenango Valley State Park, chances are you and your pooch will want to stay a while!