Sitting just south of Albany on the eastern shore of the Hudson River, Schodack Island State Park offers pet-friendly camping, fishing, boating, and wildlife watching.
Covering more than 1,000 acres, the park includes approximately seven miles of shoreline along the Hudson and on Schodack Creek. As a result, water sports are a popular pastime for many visitors. There's a boat launching site for those wanting to get out on the water, with fishing and boating the main attractions.
Back on dry land, eight miles of mixed-use trails meander through the park. Trails are typically flat and easy with a diverse array of plant life to take in, while bird watchers have a chance to spot everything from bald eagles to blue herons. Of course, as you'd expect in the Hudson Valley, the going can get pretty hot and sticky during summer.
Other recreational facilities include a playground, picnic tables and pavilions, volleyball nets, and horseshoe pits, so there's plenty to prevent boredom setting in for younger campers.
Speaking of camping, 67 sites are spread around three loops set back from the river. There are electric and non-electric sites available, with showers, a dump station, and a kiosk all provided. Campsites are large and level, and dogs are more than welcome; however, you'll need to keep your pet leashed at all times and ensure that you don't take your pooch into any buildings.
Most visitors report that the park is clean and well maintained throughout the camping season, and that the staff is friendly and happy to help. From mid-April to mid-October, a $6 vehicle entrance fee applies on weekends and holidays. Campsite prices range from $15 to $27 per night, but there's also an extra $5 nightly fee for campers who aren't New York state residents.
But if you're looking for a quiet and scenic campground with plenty to see and experience, Schodack Island State Park might just be the paw-fect spot.