Cherry Plain State Park is nestled in the woods of the Taconic Valley. The park's 175 acres are a quiet alternative to other parks in the region. The park's setting on Black River Pond features a sandy beach with adjacent picnic grounds and a boat launch. The park also has bridle paths and hiking, biking, and nature trails that serve as cross-country ski trails in winter. Anglers enjoy fishing for bass, bullheads, and pickerel here. A special feature of the park is a Charcoal Kiln Site that can be found by hiking a trail that begins at the southern corner of the main parking lot. The Capital District Wildlife Management Area surrounds the park and offers another 4,153 acres of forested land for outdoor recreation.
Cherry Plain State Park, opened to the public in 1962, is located 19 miles southeast of Grafton and seven miles north of Stephentown, off NYS Route 22.
Biking, boating, fishing, hiking, hunting, and picnicking are the park's most popular summer activities; winter visitors can cross-country ski.
The park's facilities include a beach, boat launch sites and rentals, campsites, a nature trail, picnic tables and pavilions, and showers.
Nearby parks include Grafton Lakes State Park, Schodack Island State Park, Peebles Island State Park, Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site, and Crailo State Historic Site.
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(*Sunday-Thursday, excluding holidays)
Each year the campground makes every effort to provide safe swimming opportunities by testing the water and by keeping the swimming areas staffed with lifeguards. Please be aware that if the safety of our swimmers is compromised, due to lack of lifeguard coverage or water quality issues, swimming will be prohibited and therefore cannot be a guaranteed activity. We apologize for this inconvenience as it may occur with little advance notice.
To insure fairness for all NY customers, any reservation with departure dates outside the 9-month Maximum Window can not be changed or cancelled until 18 days after the reservation was made.
Reminder of General Park Rules:
- Children under 10 years of age shall at all times be under the supervision of a parent, guardian or responsible custodian (18 years or older)
- Glass containers, alcoholic beverages and pets are not allowed on the beach.
- All boats and canoes are required to have lifejackets (PFD`s) for each person. Please do not swim from any boats. No motors are allowed on Black River Pond.
- You must be 21 years of age to possess or consume alcoholic beverages. An alcohol permit is required for large amounts of alcohol. Please obtain a permit at the park office.
- Only 2 pets per site are permitted. Current rabies certificate required. Pets must be on a leash no longer than 6ft at all times. Please clean up after your dog as a courtesy to others.
- This is a Carry in-Carry out NYS park. Please take home your picnicking litter and dispose of it properly.
What to do in the park:
Looking to reserve for just 1-night? If you make your reservation within 3 days of your arrival you can book a 1-night stay online or through the Call Center. This applies only to campsites.
- Picnicking - Family picnic areas consist of grills, picnic tables and comfort stations; no reservations required. A group picnic shelter is reservable by calling the park office.
- Camping - The park has thirty campsites available.
- Swimming - The small sandy beach on Black River Pond is the parks most popular summer attraction. The beach is open when the campground is open from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. The beach area includes comfort stations, locker rooms and a vending room.
- Boating - Canoes, rowboats and sailboats may be launched at Black River Pond. Rowboats and paddle boats are available for rental.
- Fishing - Black River Pond offers excellent fishing opportunities.
- Hunting - During the hunting season certain areas are open to hunters. For more information about hunting in the park, please call the park office or the Grafton Lakes State Park office at (518) 279-1155.
Peak season: A person may be the primary site occupant for 14 total days of camping within a 16 day period. S/he must leave the park for 48 hours once they have stayed the maximum number of days allowed before beginning a new reservation.