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Sampson State Park encompasses just over 2000 acres on the eastern shore of Seneca Lake. The park has a total of 309 campsites with 245 electric and 64 non-electric sites.
We needed electricity to help with humidity and heat as we criss-crossed our way through the Finger Lakes Region in early July, so we decided to stay at a campground rather than boondock. We found Sampson State Park Campground in Romulus, NY near Lake Seneca at loop 5 site 209. The site wasn’t that leveled and had to deploy the levelers on our rig. Our site opened up to a grassy open shared space that made it feel larger. We were close to the bathrooms and had a lake view. There were sites that were waterfront but those probably get booked well in advance. The cottages on site were newer and modern and would be a great option if you don’t have an RV. We walked to the beach and playground and tried to fish with no luck.
The roads in the park aren’t the greatest (we felt every bump) and the campground is dated except for the new cabins. It was fairly quiet and family friendly. We were able to take advantage of the old Sampson naval training center and air force base which were turned into a museum by veterans. We learned quite a bit about being a navy officer during WWII while at the museum. They didn’t charge us admission fee but we voluntary donated. We spent longer than we anticipated and it was a great learning experience for us and our girls.
The park has a nice beach area, fishing dock, a playground and a new marina. There weren’t too many boats at the marina, so they must’ve just opened it. The marina has just over 100 boat slips and a large multiple launch site.
Before we left Sampson, we had lunch in the RV at the museum and then headed out to Geneva, NY.
WHAT WE LIKED
- Electric hookups
- They had availability
- If you’re a boater, you can bring your boat and launch at the marina
- Great open space
- Beach area
- Playground for kids
- Family friendly
WHAT TO DO
- Stop by the town of Geneva, NY
- Go fishing, boating, kayaking, etc.
- Visit the Naval Museum at the park
- Take a hike around the scenic lake trail
- Take a short drive to see Taughannock Falls