Located in Rensselaer County, New York, near the Massachusetts border, Cherry Plain State Park is a quiet and unspoiled park with a whole lot going for it. Covering 175 acres and sitting on the shores of Black River Pond, this lovely natural refuge offers an abundance of recreational opportunities as well as a scenic, pet-friendly campground.
During the warmer months, most of the action takes place in the park's sandy beach on Black River Pond. It's a popular spot for swimming, and there's a bathhouse and comfort station nearby, while keen anglers can also fish for a variety of species.
Next to the beach, you'll find relaxing picnic grounds and a boat launch. Those who want to explore a little further afield can tackle bridle paths and hiking, biking and nature trails, while cross-country skiing brings in visitors during the winter months.
If you're planning on staying the night with your furry friend, the good news is that dogs are welcome in the campground. There are 10 trailer sites, 10 lakeside tent sites, and 10 hike-in tent sites, and all sites offer a peaceful atmosphere and some lovely nature views.
A vehicle entrance fee of $7 applies, while campsite fees vary from $12 to $19 per night for New York residents. (Note that non-residents must pay $5 more per night.) Pets must be on a leash of six feet or shorter and attended to at all times. You'll also need to provide proof that your dog has been inoculated against rabies and show courtesy to other park users by cleaning up after your canine companion. It's also worth pointing out that dogs are not permitted in buildings or bathing areas, and a two-pet maximum applies to all campsites.
Cherry Plain State Park is one of the little-known gems of the New York state parks system. If you get a chance to check it out with your furry friend, don't hesitate to book a site for a night or two!