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Romulus, New York

Sampson State Park

Romulus, New York



Romulus, New York
Phone: (315) 585-6392

Sites: 309
Recent Rate: $21 10/2015

Latitude: 42.7333015355622
Longitude: -76.9093179702759

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets ?
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • RV Wash RV Wash ?
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking yes
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • Water Water no
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service yes
  • Verizon Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers Verizon
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Camp Store Camp Store ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Business Center Business Center no
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities no
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services no
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access no
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp yes
  • Marina Marina yes
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals no
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) no
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals no
  • Hiking Hiking yes
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit yes
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball ?
  • Sports Field Sports Field yes
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games no
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment no
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre no
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf no
  • Billiards Billiards no
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong no
  • Lake Lake yes
  • Pond Pond no
  • River River no
  • Creek Creek no
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

Review Details

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23 Reviews

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vincee

Review Count: 16
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $21.00
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For the past several year my DW and I end our camping season with a stay at Sampson State Park. Centrally located between quaint Geneva, NY and Watkins Glen and in the middle of the renowned world class Finger Lakes Wine region. The staff at Sampson is and has always been very friendly and pleasant upon check in. This is a large campground with close to 300 campsites. Like most state parks the sites have electric only and being an older campground most are 30amp only. The trade off though is the large roomy sites available both treed or if you are using a roof top satellite dish out in the open. The comfort stations (restroom and showers) are spotlessly clean and in the fall very warm and comfortable. Generally in late fall Sampson will only have one loop with electric open with about 30-40 sites. However, because of the mild east coast weather this year, their was a demand for more sites than normally open. To Sampson's credit they opened up their largest RV loop and most popular to accommodate all of the requests! Not many campgrounds, public or private would be willing to be that flexible. While visiting Sampson make sure you take in the on grounds military museum with many interesting artifacts and stories of how vital Sampson was as a military base and the incredible speed in which it was built to help win WWII. Enjoy Sampson, Geneva where Emile's restaurant has the best bone on prime rib anywhere and of course the many fine Finger Lakes wineries. We camped at Sampson State Park in a Motorhome.

Tips for other Campers:

Geneva has several very nice restaurants and pubs in the compact and cute downtown area. Near almost 100 wineries and only 45 minutes from Ithaca, NY and Cornell University and Ithaca College. Watkins Glenn Raceway is a little more than 30 minutes away.

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homey

Review Count: 19
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: September, 2015 - $29.00
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The driveway into the park was a long and very rough paved road. Our first impression with the park was checking in at the office late afternoon on a Monday where the clerk was a bit rude. Although we were the only people in the office, she ignored us at the counter until we spoke up. She was very cold and left us with a poor first impression of the park service.

The park is designed nicely with the different loops but the sites appear to be best suited for smaller travel trailers, pop-ups, etc., instead of motorhomes. I say this because most of the sites we saw were not level. In fact, many sites were so sloped that some travel trailers had their tongue on the ground in front and a the rear was a couple feet off the ground. The gravel sites had very little gravel and ours had more dirt than grass at the picnic table. We chose loop 5 to be near the water but frankly, the trees and brush are so thick by the water that there is very few spots to view the water from the loop. We rode bikes in the other 4 loops and they seemed to be a bit more flat, but still many sites were very sloped. Seems that the park was built / designed decades ago for smaller RV's and more geared for single /double axle RV's instead of motorhomes that level on four corners. My impression is that the park is underfunded given the obvious lack of routine maintenance on sites and roadways.

The good - lots of shade at the sites; nice layout of the loops with central bathhouse; nice marina, picnic areas, lake; good spacing between sites; fair rate; good location for touring the regions wine trails.
The "not s0 good" - unlevel sites with small gravel pads; very rough roadways; shared electrical posts that likely require extension cords for many sites; staff mowing large fields regularly but our loop had very long grass; concession store only open Fri/Sat/Sun; check-in staff gave us a poor first impression. This is likely a very good family camping spot for smaller RV's. We camped at Sampson State Park in a Motorhome.

Tips for other Campers:

Bring an extension cord for electrical connection. Don't trust all locals selling firewood. Wood we purchased near the park was "green" and would not burn. Camp store was closed Mon - Thurs so we couldn't buy wood at the campground. Local wine trails were plentiful and friendly.
Bottom line - we would probably look for a better camping opportunity in the region.

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North Texas DJC

Review Count: 17
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $37.00
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Large State park on site of former Navy & Air Force bases; big E campgrounds on gradual shores toward lake; water access; dump station; parade grounds for military history (and other) festivals; We camped at Sampson State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Tips for other Campers:

Geneva, Rose Hill Mansion nearby; in the middle of the Finger Lakes Region; wine and farm country; lots of history; farmers markets, festivals, lots to see & do

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gsnakehill

Review Count: 325
States Visited: 32
Helpful Reviews: 45

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $26.00
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245 electric campsites and 64 no hookups located in an open field with a great view of the lake. We were camping for an RV rally and it is a very nice campground. There are five loops of electric campsites on grass, each having their own bathrooms and shower which were very clean. The lake is a walk or bike ride down hill. There is a 103 slip marina, dump station, water spread out in the loops, restaurant and store, picnic areas and some pavilions for rent. This state park is on 2000 acres with over 5.5 acres of lake front on Seneca Lake in the middle of the Seneca Wine Trail. The park has fields, basketball court, biking, bird watching, swimming, boating, and volleyball. This is a perfect park to stay in while touring the Finger Lakes region. We camped at Sampson State Park in a Motorhome.

Tips for other Campers:

Points of interest: This park was a naval training station and Air force base during WW2 until 1960. There is a military museum near the camping loops which is interesting and a small donation is appreciated. Other attractions in the area include Watkins Glen State Park, Taughannock Falls State Park and Geneva. Enjoy the wine trail around the lake.

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aka4170

Review Count: 22
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: August, 2014 - $23.00
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We just stayed here for three nights. Only electric but it was great. Awesome campsite and would definitely go there again. We were at site 100 and we did read reviews to make sure you have extra long electrical cords and/or do fancy backing in to reach the power boxes. You share with the person next to you. Very spacious lots. Some shade. Beautiful play grounds and beautiful views of the Seneca Lake and sunsets. There is a beach to swim and dock to fish off of and a little rec. house for the kids to play ping pong, etc. The Military Museum on site is stunning. Hard to believe that during WWII this "state park" was training future Navy sailors to fight and then after WWII, it turned into a boot camp for the United States Air Force for training for Korean War. Great history. Can't say enough about this state park. We visited Watkins Glen (about 30 minutes away) one day, Seneca Falls (Woman's National Rights Convention and It's A Wonderful Life Museum) another. Montezuma's National wet lands are close by along with Harriet Tubman's house in Auburn and Mr. Seward's who acquired Alaska for us. We also did the Memorial Day House in Waterloo. Campsite is centrally located and look across the street for the white deer. We will go back. We camped at Sampson State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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User3589

Review Count: 14
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: July, 2014 - $27.00
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Rate was for a "prime waterfront" site with electric only. This is a very nice campground and park for families and offers boat launch and dock facilities on Seneca Lake. Site are large. Some utility pedestals are located in quirky spots and you may need an extension cord to reach it. We would stay here again. We camped at Sampson State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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gokart2

Review Count: 18
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $25.00
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Beautiful State Park campground in the Finger Lakes. Had difficulty finding a level site in the loop we were assigned (site 116). 30 amp electricity and no water at your site but they do have fill hose at the dump station!! If you are arriving from the north there is 12'11" train trestle under which you must navigate. Call the park for alternative route if that is low for you! We camped at Sampson State Park in a Motorhome.

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spencersmom

Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2013 - $22.00
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This state park is really beautiful. We liked its open feeling--not overly congested with trees, although there was plenty of shade at our site. Bathhouse was very clean and modern; water was plentiful and hot. From our site, it was just a short walk down the hill to the beach area on Seneca Lake. We don't have kids, but families will appreciate the fantastic playgrounds throughout the park, as well as the beach and concession stand. We would definitely come back to this park again! We camped at Sampson State Park in a Motorhome.

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User1393

Review Count: 9
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2012 - $25.00
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If you appreciate quiet, natural beauty, you'll love this park. Sprawling landscape, spacious sites. Lots of things to explore at this park and the Finger Lakes area. Would not hesitate to return. Would rate this park a ten if it had full hook-up, (I am spoiled) We camped at Sampson State Park in a Motorhome.

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sfkiefer48

Review Count: 41
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: August, 2012 - $26.00
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Signage to park was very good. The park is huge and was maintained well. The location is perfect for some wine tasting. The view at the lake is outstanding. The interior roads were paved and gravel roads to the loops. The loop roads had some potholes. Our site (239) was level, gravel with grass surrounding, reasonable size and was easy to back into. We had no problem with the site or throughout the park with our 38' motorhome. Our site was shaded so the roof mounted satellite did not work. The sites are well off the road so there is absolutely no road noise. Our Verizon cell reception was good. This is a great park for bike riding as there are several roads to explore. We were sorry we didn't have enough time to go to the Military Museum. We would definitely return to this park if we were in the area again. We camped at Sampson State Park in a Motorhome.

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watsontravels

Review Count: 4
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2012 - $31.00
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A great spot to stay if you want to visit the area's many wineries, but NOT if you are looking for peace and solitude in nature. A huge campground with sites situated in multiple loops. Sites are pretty close together with only a few trees scattered about. Lots of amenities for the kids including at least three playgrounds and a nice beach with picnic area. We stayed here because it was close to the wineries, but didn't spend much time at the campground or the beach. We camped at Sampson State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Labrador Fan

Review Count: 26
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: May, 2012 - $27.00
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Family camped here on three sites in Loop 3, Sites 121, 124 and 126 for Memorial Day Weekend this year. Sites were fairly spacious but definitely not lined up correctly with the one way traffic on the loop. There are shared electric hookups so we had to run our electric cord with extension under our motorhome and across our site which created a tripping hazard. The shared water for our section of the loop was at the back of our son's site #124. People needed to cross your site to access water and there is no way to fill one's RV from that distance. We also rented a boat slip for the weekend, but the administrative side of things for that weekend was a total disaster and there was no documentation for any of the slips, so boats were simply going into whatever slip was available when they came in. There was a popular fishing tournament being held that weekend. There is a nice beach, but no one was allowed in the water. The park ranger came and yelled at the people who were swimming and told them to get out. Not sure if it was because of a lack of lifeguard, but there was no posting to say swimming was not allowed and it was a very warm weekend. There are two very nice playgrounds for children. Overall it is a nice clean park, and I would consider returning; but never again on a holiday weekend. We camped at Sampson State Park in a Motorhome.

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jaycoman80

Review Count: 4
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2011 - $25.00
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Bring a long electrical cord extension. Average for state parks. Sites are fairly big but laid out funny. Electrical boxes are on wrong side of site as are gravel pads. Decent beach. Nice Bike riding park. 25 Minutes to Watkins Glen gorge so if you have a big rig and don't want to stay at Watkins glen park which looks tight this is an option. Close to winery's and central between Geneva and Watkins Glen. Bathrooms decent. Would return. Some sites are on incline or decline and are not marked on Reserve America. Has Beach nice playground boat marina and military museum. We camped at Sampson State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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jmikestock

Review Count: 9
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2010 - $30.00
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Made three night reservation for a waterfront site based on the Reserve America map. Got here and found the site very unlevel, a mud pit and blocked from view of Seneca Lake by a tree buffer. Fortunately it didn't rain so we left after two nights and forfeited the third. Roadway into the park needs work. Would not go back. We camped at Sampson State Park in a Motorhome.

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RumBum35

Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2010 - $34.00
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We stayed here 2 nights, had a blast!!! This was a very clean campground and bath house, with nice sites. The only complaint was that the electric hook up boxes were in strange places on the sites, had to park crooked to make cord reach the box. Other than that, is was a great campground. We had 6 adults and 4 kids along with 2 dogs on 2 sites. Can't wait to go back! We camped at Sampson State Park in a Tent.

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