Croton Point Campground is located in Croton Point Park on the east coast of the Hudson River about an hour’s drive north of New York City. There are 71 RV sites, 35 of which are typically reserved for long-term stays (limited in winter) with water, sewer, and electric hookups. Down a secluded paved road, there are 10 campsites. The rate is $50 per night, and each site can accommodate several tents and many people. There are also a few cabins available for various group sizes. Bathrooms and showers are also within a short walk from the camping area. Nearby, there is a playground and a covered lodge that can be rented for occasions. Booking opens January 2 for the spring and summer seasons, and many people plan ahead and make reservations very early in the year. This is such a popular destination that you are unlikely to find a campsite on short notice. Call 914.862.5290 for more information and inquiries. Refer to the park website for more information about camp fees.
Measuring 508 acres, this is the largest peninsula on the Hudson River. It includes the Croton Point Beach, a remote control aircraft field, picnic areas, playgrounds, and fields to enjoy games. Open all year, there is a $10-per-vehicle admission fee to the park on the weekends between Memorial Day and Labor Day. This park spans over 4 miles of Hudson River shoreline and includes Haverstraw Bay, Squaw Cove, and Croton Bay. There is also a car-top boat launch that is open from April through October from 8 a.m. until dusk, which can accommodate sailboards, canoes, and car-top carried boats. You can even rent a kayak and explore the coast. At the park’s interior, a capped landfill forms a large hill-covered meadow in the center of the park with nature paths that cut through tall grasses over and around it. Dogs must be leashed and are not allowed in the picnic areas.
The Croton Point Nature Center is located a short walk away and has flora and fauna exhibits as well as information about the history of the island. Some of the oldest oyster shell middens on the North Atlantic coast have been uncovered here displaying evidence of Native American inhabitants as early as 7,000 years ago. There are weekly events throughout the year that cover topics that range from local biodiversity to archeology to survival skills. Check out the calendar of events and take advantage of nature walks, talks, and programs that can teach you something new!
Westchester County residents can purchase a park pass for $75 that is valid for three years and offers discounts on camping rates (it does not cover the $4-per-person swimming fee). Passes for senior citizens ages 60 and older and disabled persons are valid for six years. It includes access to 18,000 acres of parkland, 50 recreational areas, and a number of local adventure discounts in the county. If you’d like to hold a party with more than 25 people, you can obtain a permit for the celebration. The Metro North Railroad also provides service to the Croton-Harmon Station approximately 1 mile away from the park entrance. Train tickets are available online. Many visitors like to camp here and take the train for excursions to New York City.