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Romulus, New York

Sampson State Park

Romulus, New York


6096 Route 96A
Romulus, New York 14541
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Sites: 309
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 42.733301535562
Longitude: -76.909317970276

Elevation: 537' (approximate)
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
  • Free WiFi Free WiFi ?
  • 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

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31 Reviews

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

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $26.00
Overall Rating:      

Sampson state park is a large, gorgeous park right on the lake and located in the middle of many wineries. I stayed in loop two and found the sites to be large and partially shaded. Apparently, I did not read the campsite description when booking the site. It only had 30 amp electric and nothing else. I was easily able to fill my freshwater tank, hence no problem, and used the pump out facilities at my next stop - again no problem. My only criticism would be the electrical pedestal was old and the 20 amp outlet showed evidence of arcing. The 30 amp outlet was fine. I would highly recommend this campground and would return anytime I was in the area. We camped at Sampson State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Site 057 on Loop 2
Site Surface
Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

My wife and I spent most of our free time visiting the wineries in the area. All of them were fabulous but I would highly recommend not missing Three Brothers winery. It was a lot of fun!

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Review Count: 35
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $29.00
Overall Rating:      

We had a back in Site 34 in Loop 1 with 30 AMP. You have to fill up your water tank near the dump station. There is no sewer hookup. The showers and bathrooms were clean and tiled. The park is huge with a beach along Seneca Lake, biking trails, and a game room for the kids. Basketball & tennis courts, and a marina and boat launch are on the huge park grounds. The road to the camp sites is rough, so drive slow. Loops 1, 2 and 3 have better level sites. Loop 5 is horribly unlevel down by the lake. It was a quiet campsite and we enjoyed staying here. The staff was helpful and very nice. If your RV is over 12 feet high, ask for directions to the park. There is a low level train track on the way south to the park. There is an air museum on the grounds. Our site had trees for shade. If in the area again, we would definitely return to stay at Sampson State Park. We camped at Sampson State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
34
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Shopped at Sauders for fresh meat, baked goods, fruits & veggies, and other Amish foods. Visited Watkins Glen State Park...beautiful and a must see! Many wineries, breweries, cideries, and disterillies in the Finger Lakes region. Go to Muranda farm cheese tasting! Geneva and Seneca Falls are quaint towns. Ithaca is not far.

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

Date of Stay: July, 2017 - $29.00
Overall Rating:      

Pros: large open spaces, clean beach with life guards, concession stand with beer, museum, kite flying, & good geocaching within the park Cons: no WiFi, sites not level on loops 4 & 5, no water & sewer hookups.

This site and adjacent were very wet due to the significant rain fall which limits how you can park your campers and vehicles. It takes at least 3 - 2" x 4" slabs to level the one side of the trailer on this site and you will need an additional step to get onto your trailer stairs. We were prepared because we have stayed on this site before. We camped at Sampson State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
172
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 106
States Visited: 36
Helpful Reviews: 20

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $33.00
Overall Rating:      

This was a nice park. The electric worked fine. No water or sewer. Verizon was good, AT&T was fair. We were able to get satellite coverage. We stayed there on a weekend and it was full of kids on bicycles riding fast through the campground and through the sites. The real negative to this campground was the road coming in is like a washboard. It is a former military base and the roads have not been maintained. You should also be aware that there is a low bridge on the main road to the campground, 12'9". We are 13'4" so we had to go about 20 miles out of our way to get to the park. We'd probably pick a park we could get to without a low clearance bridge next time. We camped at Sampson State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
010
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
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Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

Militant police department. Trees in site not trimmed thus unable to back in new 40 foot MH. When I removed 3 branch tips (2-3 foot in length) police showed up for a 45 minute lecture. Next day another's police visit for having a portable hammock rope tied around tree. Third day, sitting at campfire with wife and friend having a quiet conversation at 10:38 PM when police show up again to tell us "Quiet hours, turn of the music (which was so low we could barely hear it) and wrap things up". Yes, they even tell you when to go to bed! Final fourth day, in line to dump and following those in front of me, off the main road and straddling an abandoned road from the decommissioned Naval base, police again show up and tell me to move it (40 foot motorhome with attached Jeep and tow bar; does not back up) I explain there is no room and I have a rig tightly in front and behind me. Police says, "not my problem move it or I will ticket you". Of course no sign indicating to not straddle road and of course in four days not one car seen on the abandoned road. Fortunately, the nice man in front of me hears all this, is as shocked as we are, and kindly cuts his dump short and leaves to avoid ticket to me. Simply the worst police harrassment I have ever experienced in 50 years of camping. Avoid this park at all costs. Police gone wild! P.S. my wife and I run three companies, have been married 27 years, have two lovely girls, and were there on a business trip with prospective business partners from Ottawa. Not what you would consider a "rowdy bunch". We camped at Sampson State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
29
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Not big enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Not Convenient
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Review Count: 31
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

Our spot was roomy, plenty of space for our tow. We had to move around to get satellite tv, but we got it in space 144. We didn't want to move until we left so we used the showers since we didn't have sewer. They were well kept, clean, although there is only 2 per loop. I did have to wait about 15 minutes one day. There was a little beach for swimming with a concession stand. You do need an extension cord for electric. We would stay again, good location for visiting Geneva and a few other towns. We camped at Sampson State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Number
Loop 3 144
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 25
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a very good State Park. The Sampson Military Museum is right at the park and was a great start to our stay here. This park also has a beach, docks and boat ramp. Lots of wineries in the area. Corning Glass Museum is about one hour away and is worth the trip. We camped at Sampson State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Sampson Military Museum, Corning Glass Museum.

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

This campground is wonderful and if your site is chosen wisely you will end up with very scenic views of Seneca Lake. The campground was completely full when we went, so book early!

We used ReserveAmerica to book this site for 2 nights. The description indicated that a 40 ft rig could fit at site 226. We were able to fit our 32 ft RV + tow dolly + car but it was a steep grade and needed a lot of attention to get close to level. Leveling a 40-footer in this site could be tough. We camped at Sampson State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
226
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Bring blocks to put under your leveling jacks. We were not prepared for the steep incline that site 226 had and were not able to get fully level. I would recommend pulling forward instead backing in because the lower tires will be lifted off of the ground.

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Review Count: 23
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $21.00
Overall Rating:      

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.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
37
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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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Review Count: 22
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: September, 2015 - $29.00
Overall Rating:      

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.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
loop 5-site 237
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
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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Review Count: 17
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $37.00
Overall Rating:      

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.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
206
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
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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Review Count: 442
States Visited: 47
Helpful Reviews: 90

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $26.00
Overall Rating:      

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.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Loop 2
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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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Review Count: 36
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: August, 2014 - $23.00
Overall Rating:      

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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Review Count: 14
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: July, 2014 - $27.00
Overall Rating:      

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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Review Count: 18
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

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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