Whetstone Gulf State Park is a 2,100-acre state park built in and around a beautiful gorge. This three-mile gorge, found on the eastern side of the Tug Hill Plateau, offers some truly spectacular vistas for nature lovers.
The park is also home to a wooded campground with 56 sites, some of which have electric hookups. Most sites offer reasonable privacy and are separated from their neighbors by trees, while a dump station, hot showers and flush toilets are provided.
Dogs are more than welcome but there is a two-pet limit per campsite. You'll also need to keep your furry friend leashed and under control at all times, plus dispose of their waste whenever necessary. Unfortunately, pets are not allowed in the beach and picnic areas, and the hot and humid weather in this park during the summer months means you must take extra-special care to ensure your pet has enough fresh water.
The good news is that there's plenty to see and do throughout the park. There are several trails available for hiking and cross-country skiing, but be warned that the steep terrain in the area can make for strenuous hiking. The trail that circles the gorge is a particular favorite and open to leashed pets, but as it's 5.5 miles long, you'll need to allow plenty of time to complete it.
The park is also home to Whetstone Reservoir, which is home to tiger muskie and largemouth bass and also offers calm waters for canoeists. A man-made swimming area is provided and other park features include picnic tables, pavilions, and a playground.
A $7 vehicle entry fee applies for day-use visitors in peak visitors, while campsites range from $15 to $27 a night. Please note that there's also a $5 nightly fee for out-of-state campers.
Finally, Whetstone Gulf State Park's campground is also handily located close to stores in case you need to stock up on essentials. And if you're looking to extend your vacation even further, there are several other great state parks nearby.