Originally Posted by VT Skier
Any suggestions on the state campgrounds?
Oh my, where do I start.... Robert Treman has a swimming hole, great hiking and falls, is minutes from Ithaca & big name stores, Taughannock Falls has great hiking, nice falls (one taller than Niagra) is close to Ithaca, but closer to the wineries than Treman. Ithaca Brewery is closer to Treman - great Apricots Wheat beer if you like that drink. Both Treman and Taughannock have some electric sites. Taughannock sites are smaller. I can just get my 31'tt in only a few.
A little farther west is Watkins Glen..nice campground, great hiking. The park is nice, but a bit too commercial/crowded at times. The town is nice as well. Between Watkins Glenn and Sampson state park are about a zillion wineries and a few breweries. Sampson State park is awesome, some sites are almost a quarter acre! Its right on Senaca lake so can be a bit cool at times. There are miles and miles of roads to bike as the park was a Navy base. Also on the park is a marina and military museum staffed by WW2 vets. Oh, head north from the park and you might see white whitetail deer inside the fenced military base. Sampson is farther from the majority of wineries but there are two 6 miles north of the park the rest are south near Watkins Glenn or east towards Taughannock Falls.
We've never stayed in the parks on the Northern part of the finger lakes.
We like all the parks we've stayed in. All are clean, are reasonably patrolled by park police, usually quiet and cheap. Limited electric sites and no sewer or water hook ups are a downer for some people.
Other parks, though not necessarily close to wineries, are Letchworth, Filmore Glenn & Keuka Lake state park. Keuka lake park is North of a handful of wineries and breweries.