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Sampson State Park
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Sampson State Park

Mexico, NY   (Finger Lakes)
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Campground Overview
Sampson State Park encompasses nearly 2000 acres, including just over 5.5 miles of lakefront, providing beautiful scenic views and abundant recreational opportunities. Centrally located in the Finger Lakes Park Region, Sampson State Park slopes gently above the eastern shore of Seneca Lake. Formed over 12,000 years ago, Seneca Lake is the largest and deepest of the Finger Lakes, with charted depths over 630 feet. Seneca Lake is famous for its lake trout fishing. Sampson offers swimming, boating, fishing, biking, hiking, playground, recreation hall and more. It is ideally located for those interested in visiting the many Finger Lakes wineries in the region.

Status: OPEN 91 days ago

Season Dates: Apr 21 to Nov 5, 2017

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Region: Finger Lakes  

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Fees
Base Fee$15
Electric Surcharge$6
Out of State Surcharge$5
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Campground Summary
Lakeside Rating
2 out of 5 lakeside stars. No sites are near and only a few have a partial view of the water, but the campground is near a large sized lake for enjoying water activities including swimming, paddling, boating and fishing.
Total Campsites318
Reservable Sites315
Sites Directly By the Water0
Site Details
30ft Trailer Sites9
40ft Trailer Sites307
Tent Specific Sites1
Pull thru sites none
Hookups 252 sites with electric
    - 3 sites with 15A
    - 249 sites with 30A
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Reservations

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Sampson Weather

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Dave's Tips

Satellite view of Sampson State Park
Sampson State Park is situated along the east shore of Seneca Lake. As you can see from the satellite image, the main campsite area is up on a bluff above the lake with a wooded buffer between Loop 5 and the lake. No sites are on/by the water. Note Loop 6 is totally in the open. The beach and marina are a fair distance down a hill to waters level.

Site 83 is a typical campsite at Sampson - flat and partially shady
Sampson State Park is one of a few New York State campgrounds where you don't have to be so selective of your specific site! You are likely to be choosing a site based on the proximity to a bathroom, or a play feature rather than the specific characteristics of an individual campsite.

All sites 300 will accommodate a 40 foot trailer and all provide for easy access (back in) to the campsite pad. If you aren't one to wrestle with trees and an uneven slope to get onto your site, then Sampson would be a great choice for you.

Site 222 is a rare site with lake view!
Sites in the electric loops (Loop 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5) are your best bet. Loop 1 includes sites1-43, Loop 2 includes sites 44-97, Loop 3 includes sites 98-144, Loop 4 includes sites 145-195 and Loop 5 includes sites 196-245. They are all large, flat with some trees. All sites are only partially shaded as the trees are well spaced. Some sites that back onto the bluff overlooking Seneca Lake might offer a glimpse of the lake when the trees are not out in full bloom, but for the most far you don't get the view. Loop 5 does seem to be the most popular loop. Site 222 (Loop 5) would be the rare site that actually does have a decent view. It's a large site and has a nice sitting area overlooking the lake. It also offers more shade than most sites.

Site 350 All sites in Loop 6 (non-electric) are in a wide open field
Sites in the non-electric loop (Loop 6) are located in a wide open field and you definately feel like you are in a wide open area! I would not recommend this area unless you don't care at all about the quality of your camping experience. On the plus site you can save $6 in this area if you don't need electric. Loop 6 is also the closest to the beach area.

Sampson would be a great place to bike. There are miles of biking and hiking as this was at one time it was a Naval training facility with a maze of old roads. The hiking will be quite flat however.

There are so many great wineries to visit near Sampson!
Sampson is well situated for doing some wine tours. Within a hour hour drive you will find Hosmer Winery, Myer Farm Distillers, 3 Brothers, Sheldrake Point Winery, Lucas Vineyards, Goose Watch, Knapp Winery, The Inn at Varick Winery, Swedish Hill Winery, Wagner Vineyards, Penguin Bay Winery, Americana Vineyards, Frontenac Point Vineyard and Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards.

3 Brothers is a fun/unique winery!
Of the wineries in this area, our favorites were Lucas, Knapp and Sheldrake. 3 Brothers wasn't a favorite for its wine (or beer) but for its decore. I would highly recommend a stop at 3 Brothers pictured here.

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