Before staying at any state park, I check the gun rules there. I have a CHP (concealed handgun permit) in Va. I am allowed to carry in the state and federal parks here. But you really got to check out state parks elsewhere. On a recent trip to a South Carolina state park, I did not take a gun along. Even though South Carolina recognizes my carry permit, their state park information reads "no guns". So instead of taking a chance of ending up in a SC jail, I left my gun at home.
By my understanding, any one has the right to transport a gun on any highway through any state.....including strict NY. But the gun has be unloaded, in an area that is not easily accessible, and preferable with a lock or in a locked case.
Before I leave on a trip, I check reciprocity laws in the states that I will be traveling through. Plus I make a copy of the most current information, just in case I am stopped.
There have been very few times that I have ever felt threatened while traveling. A gun is always a last resort. Avoidance, non confrontational conversation, readily giving up my valuables (if so requested), and getting the heck out of Dodge are my preferred alternatives. I have never felt the need to even think about pulling my firearm.
Wild animals are also non on my non-dangerous list.....unless I believe something is rabid, and will not quit chasing me......that be a whole different ball game.