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21 New York State Parks with Big Family Cabins


    New York has an amazing number of state parks – 180. Twenty-one parks offer cabins or cottages to sleep big families. If you planned a state park getaway every year, you’d be set for over two decades! With so many options where do you even begin?


    Updated 2022



    Allegany State Park

    65,000-acre Allegany State Park is known for its primitive, forested valleys, un-glaciated landscape, fall leaves, and wildlife. The park’s two developed areas, Red House and Quaker make this the largest state park in New York. Both areas offer sand beaches, picnic areas, museums, hiking trails, and naturalist walks. Walkers, runners, and bicycle riders can take advantage of the five miles of paved trails around Red House. The Art Roscoe Ski Touring Area has some of the finest groomed cross country skiing and mountain bike trails in the Northeast. Most park activities are accessible to disabled visitors. The park also offers a gift shop, picnic pavilions, and showers.

    8 cottages sleep up to 6. Bathroom with shower, electric refrigerator, cooktop, microwave/convection oven, furniture, pillows, bedding, cooking utensils, dishes, etc. The 1st bedroom has a queen-size bed, the 2nd bedroom has two single beds. The living area has two futons. Picnic table and grill outside the cottage.

    45 cottages sleep six. The Parallel, Bova, and Cain Hollow Cottages are operated under a private-sector partner under contract with State Parks and are located within Allegany State Park.



    Betty and Wilbur Davis State Park

    Perched atop a hill in Southern Otsego County, Betty and Wilbur Davis State Park provides spectacular views to the south and west. Nearly two-thirds of the park is blanketed by a forest of hardwoods, intermixed with smaller areas of conifer plantation. The remainder of this 200-acre property is occupied by gently rolling meadowlands and two ponds. Park activities include hiking, picnicking, and catch and release fishing. Winter activities include cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobile trails that connect to the state corridor trail system.

    Six cabins in the West View Loop with sleep families of eight, one is ADA accessible. Cottages include a bathroom with shower, electric refrigerator, and stove, microwave oven, television, DVD player, furniture, pillows, bedding, cooking utensils, and dishes.  Picnic table, charcoal grill, and fire pit are located outside the cottages. Cottage rentals include access to swimming facilities at Glimmerglass State Park (17.6 miles from Davis State Park).



    Bowman Lake State Park

    Bowman Lake State Park is a 967-acre remote retreat with scenic park roads winding through evergreen and hardwood forests to 150 campsites and 8 cabins. There is a sandy lakefront for swimmers with several picnic areas nearby. The lake is regularly stocked with trout, and birdwatchers can spot as many as 103 species of birds. There are over 13 miles of scenic trails for hiking as well as marked snowmobile and cross-country trails for winter enjoyment.  The park offers a sandy beach, nature trails, 150 campsites, 8 rustic cabins, picnic areas, a playground, and 2 shower facilities.

    Three of the eight available cabins sleep families of six and all three are ADA accessible. Cabins are rustic with no electricity or heat. Patrons provide their own bedding. This 1 room cabin contains a bunk bed – there are 2 single beds and 2 double beds. There is a porch overhang, picnic table, and fire ring outside.




    Cayuga Lake State Park

    Cayuga Lake State Park’s terrain is flat at lakeshore, where the beach and sun lawns are, then slopes gently uphill to campsites and cabins. The scenic highlight of the park is its expansive view of Cayuga Lake. Park visitors enjoy boating, fishing, winter ice fishing, and cross-country skiing.

    The park offers 14 cabins but only one will sleep up to six. This cabin has 5 rooms, refrigerator, cooking stove, table with benches, cold running water, 1 double bed, 2 single beds and 1 set of bunk beds, indoor and outdoor fireplace and picnic table. Toilet and showers are located in central comfort stations. Campers must bring their own bed/bath linens and kitchen utensils. This cabin cannot accommodate space heaters.



    Chenango Valley State Park

    Chenango Valley State Park offers two kettle lakes, Lily and Chenango. Fishermen will find trout, bass, perch, and bullhead in Chenango Lake. Golfers will appreciate the 18-hole golf course, while wintertime visitors enjoy ice skating, sledding, and cross-country skiing. Summer visitors enjoy the beach, biking, boating, fishing, golf, hiking, and picnicking in the sunshine. Winter visitors get to ice skate, sled, and cross-country ski.

    All 24 cabins accommodate families of up to six. The cabins have 2 rooms, electricity, hot and cold running water, gas cook stove, toilet, full-size refrigerator, table with chairs, 1 double and 2 bunk beds. Campers must bring their own linens and cooking and eating utensils.



    Evangola State Park

    Evangola State Park’s major attraction is its beautiful arc-shaped shoreline and natural sand beach on Lake Erie. Low cliffs of Angola shale line the edge of the beach. In addition to swimming, the park has picnic facilities, baseball and soccer fields, tennis and basketball courts, and campsites. The park offers a beach, several nature trails, pavilions, picnic tables, playing fields, a playground. Most of the facilities are accessible to the disabled. The beach and a snack shack are both within walking distance of the campground.

    The park has one cabin that will sleep eight, however, 2-3 people will have to sleep on the floor. The park has six yurts that will sleep six. Spacious one-room yurts contain 6 sleeping cots with mattresses. Also included are a small refrigerator, microwave, table, and benches. Yurts are round with a skylight dome and include electric lighting and outlets. Outside there is a deck, picnic table, and fire pit.



    Fair Haven Beach State Park

    Fair Haven Beach State Park has one of the finest public lakefronts in upstate New York, with high bluffs above sandy beaches and hilly woodlands. The park features 1,500 feet of beautiful sandy beach including 600 feet of swimming area. Fishing and boating opportunities are plentiful in Lake Ontario and the adjoining Little Sodus Bay. Visitors can enjoy swimming and diving boards, biking, boating, fishing, hiking, picnicking, and camping. Winter snowmobiling, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and ice fishing are very popular.

    The park has 33 cabins, two sleep six and five sleep up to eight.

    Cabin sleeps six. This cabin has 4 rooms, 1 bedroom with 1 set of bunk beds, 2 bedrooms with 1 double bed. It has a wood-burning fireplace and propane heat in the main room, heat in one bedroom. It has a gas cooking stove with oven, refrigerator, hot water, and wood table with 8 chairs.

    Cabin sleeps eight. This is a 3 room cabin. The center room has a gas cooking stove with oven, table with 6 chairs, a refrigerator, and a wood-burning fireplace and propane heat. There are 2 bedrooms, equipped with 2 full-size beds and 4 twin beds.



    Gilbert Lake State Park

    Gilbert Lake State Park’s lake and three ponds lie in wooded, hilly terrain in the foothills of the Catskills. The park has more than 12 miles of interconnecting trails for hikers, skiers, snowmobilers, and snowshoers. Playgrounds and a disc golf course, as well as swimming, boating, and fishing, are also featured. Activities include biking, boating, fishing, hiking, hunting, disc golf, and a softball field. In the wintertime; snowmobiling and cross-country skiing.

    All twenty-two cabins can sleep six. Cabins have four rooms with electricity which includes: a kitchen, living room and two bedrooms. One bedroom has a double bed and the other has two single beds. The living room has a single bed and a fireplace. The kitchen has a refrigerator, gas cooking stove, cold running water, and a table with chairs and benches. The screened porch has a foldout bed and an enclosed toilet. Located just off the porch are a picnic table, a grill, and a fire ring. Campers must bring all sleeping linens and cooking utensils.



    Grass Point State Park

    Grass Point State Park is on a point of land that projects into the American Channel of the St. Lawrence River. The park is a popular spot for visitors to boat, swim, fish, picnic, or just relax. There is a marina and boat launch; an area is available for games, and the sandy beach and shallow water are excellent for children.

    The Cottage sleeps six and offers a kitchen, living room, two upstairs bedrooms, and an enclosed porch overlooking the St. Lawrence River. The master bedroom has 1 full-sized bed and the second bedroom two single beds. The couch in the living room folds out into a queen-sized bed also. The kitchen consists of a stove with oven, microwave, refrigerator, glassware, silverware, dishes, cooking utensils, and coffee maker. Bedding, sheets, towels, and pillows are provided. The bathroom is handicap accessible along with a shower. A propane heater is located in the living room for the cooler nights. Outside a picnic table and fire-ring are provided for outdoor meals and campfires.

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    Harriman State Park

    The Sebago Cabin Camp in Harriman State Park is on Lake Sebago and offers rustic cabins. Visitors may swim at the beach, go biking, boating, fishing, hiking, participate in park recreation programs, visit the playground, play tennis, or cross-country ski. The park offers boat rentals, picnic tables, a playground, restrooms with showers, and tennis courts.

    Thirty-seven cabins can sleep six and two cabins can sleep eight. Cabins that sleep six have 4 sleeping cots with the need to rent two more. Cabins for eight offer 4 bedrooms each with 2 sleeping cots. The common room has a refrigerator, a two-burner hot plate, and a table with chairs. Toilets and showers are located in central comfort stations. Campers must bring their own bed/bath linens and cooking/eating utensils.



    Kring Point State Park

    Kring Point State Park is a narrow peninsula whose south shore faces Goose Bay and north shore faces the St. Lawrence River. Standing anywhere in the park, visitors see water and many of the 1700 islands for which the region is named. Virtually every cabin and campsite has a river or bay view. The park has docks on the river and the bay and a sandy beach on the St. Lawrence. Activities include fishing, boating, swimming, and picnicking. During the winter, visitors cross-country ski. The park features boat launch sites and dockage. Picnic areas with tables, pavilions, and a playground are available.

    Two cabins sleep six and have 1 bedroom with 2 sets (4) of bunk beds, futon in the main room, refrigerator, stove, table w/chairs, hot/cold water, flush toilet, shower, outdoor fireplaces, and picnic table.



    Lake Taghkanic State Park

    Lake Taghkanic State Park, nestled next to Lake Taghkanic in the rolling hills and lush forests of Columbia County, offers many recreational activities. The park has two beaches, picnic grounds, and a boat launch. In addition, the park has hiking, biking, cross-country ski, and snowmobile trails. Ice skating and ice fishing are permitted when conditions are appropriate. Environmental education programs are offered year-round.

    17 cabins, nine sleep six and eight sleep eight. Cabins for six have 4 rooms, 3 bedrooms with 2 double, and 2 single beds. While cabins for eight have 5 rooms, 4 bedrooms with 3 double beds, and 2 single beds. Cabins have a table and chairs, electricity, cold running water, stove, refrigerator, flush toilet, and fireplace. They also have a screen porch, picnic table, and outside fire ring. There is a central shower house. Campers must bring their own bed/bath linens and kitchen utensils.

    Two cottages are available, one sleeping six and the other eight. A six-person cottage is a full-Service unit with 3 bedrooms with 3 double beds. Amenities include a kitchen with eating utensils, pots, and pans, dishes, toaster oven, microwave, refrigerator, stove, and table. There is also hot and cold running water, a shower, flush toilet, carpeted living area with chairs and couch, as well as a screened-in porch with furniture. Bed linens and pillows are provided. There is a fireplace in the living room.

    The eight-person cottage has 4 bedrooms with 3 double, 2 single beds, refrigerator, stove, table with chairs, hot & cold running water, showers, flush toilet, and screened porch. There is a Fireplace in this cottage. Campers must bring bed/bath linens and kitchen utensils. This cottage has 2 floors.



    Letchworth State Park

    Letchworth State Park is also known as the “Grand Canyon of the East”.  The Genesee River roars through the gorge, over three major waterfalls, between cliffs as high as 600 feet in some places. The river’s cliffs are surrounded by lush forests. Hikers can choose among 66 miles of hiking trails. Trails are also available for horseback riding, biking, snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing. Letchworth offers nature, history, and performing arts programs, guided walks and tours, a summer lecture series, whitewater rafting, kayaking, hot air ballooning, and a swimming pool. Winter activities include snow tubing, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling. Park amenities include food concessions, a gift shop, group campsites, a museum, a nature trail, picnic tables, pavilions, playing fields, a playground, and a swimming pool.

    Sixty-nine cabins can sleep families of 5 and 6. These cabins have 1 room, refrigerator, cooking stove, table with chairs, 6 cots with mattresses, and wood stove. Campers must bring their own bed and bath linens.



    Moreau Lake State Park

    Moreau Lake State Park lies amid hardwood forests, pine stands, and rocky ridges. Activities include boating, fishing, hiking, swimming on the sandy beach, bird watching, biking, hunting, visiting the Nature Center, and wintertime ice fishing, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing. The park’s amenities include a beach, boat launch sites, boat rentals, cabins, cottages, campsites, dumping stations, showers, 20+ trails for hiking and biking, picnic tables, and a playground. In the summer, beach lounges, beach umbrellas, and fishing gear can be rented. In the winter, snowshoes are available for rent daily.

    Three cabins are available that each sleep six. The two-bedroom cabins have electricity and include a refrigerator, kitchen table, and chairs, and woodstove. There are two queen beds and a bunk bed. Outside there is a fire pit/barbeque and picnic table. There is NO water or a bathroom in the cabin. Public restrooms and showers are nearby.

    A cottage on the Lakeshore loop accommodates six. The cottage has 1 bedroom with 1 full-size bed and a loft with 2 twin beds. The living room has a pull-out couch with a queen-size bed. Fully-applianced kitchen with an eating area and full bathroom. Outside there is a barbecue, fire pit, and picnic table.



    Oquaga Creek State Park

    Oquaga Creek State Park’s proximity to New York City and New Jersey makes it the perfect summer escape.  The rolling, wooded hills are ideal for winter sledding. Winter visitors can ice fish on the frozen lake. Snowshoers and cross-country skiers can explore six miles of trails. The park features a lake for boating, car-top boat launch sites and rentals, campsites, dumping stations, showers, food concessions, nature trails, and swing sets.

    Six rustic cabins can sleep 6 people. There is no electricity or heat. Patrons provide their own bedding. This 1 room cabin contains a bunk bed – there are 2 single beds and 2 double beds. There is a porch overhang, picnic table, and fire ring outside.

    The newly redecorated two-story cottage accommodates up to eight. It offers a kitchen, living room with firewood stove, one and a half baths, master bedroom with a queen bed, second upstairs bedroom with three double beds, gas and electric heat, stove with oven, refrigerator, furniture, cooking utensils, dishes, glassware, and silverware. Linens are not supplied. For outdoor meals and campfires, a picnic table, fire ring, and gas grill are provided.



    Robert G Wehle State Park

    The former estate of Mr. Wehle, the park boasts 1,100 acres and over 17,000 ft of spectacular Lake Ontario shoreline. Park activities include 10 miles of hiking/mountain biking trails, tennis court, picnicking, and cross-country skiing.

    The main cottage features a sun porch, two spacious bedrooms with private baths, a living room, and a fully applianced kitchen and laundry room. The guest cottage features two spacious bedrooms with private baths, bay windows, and a kitchenette with sink, microwave, and small refrigerator. The third building is a former artist’s studio and serves as a charming recreation room with a foosball table.



    Robert H Treman State Park

    Robert H. Treman State Park is an area of wild beauty, with the rugged gorge called Enfield Glen as its scenic highlight. Winding trails follow the gorge past 12 waterfalls, including the 115-foot Lucifer Falls, to where visitors can see a mile-and-a-half down the wooded gorge as it winds its way to the lower park. Enjoy nine miles of hiking trails, or swim in a stream-fed pool beneath a waterfall. Visitors will enjoy the beach, fishing, and hiking. The park offers recreation programs for visitors.

    The park has one cabin that will sleep up to six. This cabin has 3 rooms, a refrigerator, cooking stove but NO oven, cold running water, flush toilet, table w/chairs, outdoor grill, picnic table, and 6 cots with mattresses. There is NO heat in the cabin. Portable heaters of any kind are not permitted. Campers must bring their own bed/bath linens and kitchen utensils. There are no tents allowed in the cabin area.



    Selkirk Shores State Park

    Selkirk Shores State Park’s campsites overlook a bluff on Lake Ontario. Small boats can be launched from the Pine Grove site and larger boats from Mexico Point on the Little Salmon River. Summer hiking and biking trails are used in the winter by cross-country skiers, snowshoes, and snowmobilers. The park offers boat launch sites, dumping stations, food concessions, picnic area with tables, pavilions, and a playground, and restrooms with showers.

    Cabins for six. These cabins have 5 rooms, refrigerator w/ small freezer, cooking stove, table w/ benches, hot/cold water, shower, toilet, wood stove, screen porch, 1 double bed, and 4 single beds. Outside there is a picnic table and a fire ring w/ grill. This cabin allows 6 people including children.

    Cabins for eight. These cabins have 6 rooms, refrigerator w/ small freezer, cooking stove, table w/ benches, hot/cold water, shower, toilet, wood stove, screened porch, and 1 double bed, 2 sets of bunks beds and 2 single beds. Outside there is a picnic table and a fire ring w/ grill This cabin allows 8 people including children.




    Taconic State Park

    Copake Falls are in southeastern Columbia County. The park consists of more than 5,000 acres of land along an 11-mile border separating New York from Massachusetts and Connecticut. Besides camping and hiking, other popular activities include swimming, picnicking, boating at Rudd Pond, bicycling and rollerblading on the rail trail, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing with downhill skiing nearby, snowmobiling, fishing, and hunting.

    The park offers five cabins and four cottages, all can sleep six. Cottages have electricity, hot water, and oil heat. The kitchen area includes a refrigerator, dishwasher, stove, microwave, and breakfast bar. Cookware, dinnerware, and silverware are provided. The living/dining area has a table for six and a sofa. There are three bedrooms. One with two twin beds and the other two with a full-size bed each. A set of pillows, linens, and blankets are provided for each bed. The bathroom has a shower, please bring your own towels. Cable television is provided. There is an enclosed front porch, and a picnic table and a fire ring/grill outside.

    Cabins have 5 rooms, stove, refrigerator, table w/chairs, flush toilet hot/cold running water, shower, 4 single and 1 full-size bed, indoor fireplace & a fire ring/grill. Campers must supply bed/bath linens, pillows & all kitchen equipment.



    Watkins Glen State Park

    Watkins Glen State Park is the most famous of the Finger Lakes State Parks. Within two miles, the glen’s stream descends 400 feet past 200-foot cliffs, generating 19 waterfalls along its course. The gorge path winds over and under waterfalls and through the spray of Cavern Cascade. Rim trails overlook the gorge. Campers and daytime visitors can enjoy the Olympic-size pool, modern playground, scheduled summer tours through the gorge, tent and trailer campsites, picnic facilities, and fishing in nearby Seneca Lake or in Catherine Creek. Visitors can enjoy nearby fishing, picnicking, playground, hiking, camping, and swimming in the Olympic sized & kiddie pool.

    The park offers 9 rust cabins that will sleep six. Cabins contain a single bunk bed and a double bunk bed. Patrons provide their own bedding. There is no electricity or heat. There is a porch overhang, picnic table, and fire ring outside.



    Wellesley Island State Park

    Wellesley Island State Park has the largest camping complex in the Thousand Islands region. Secluded wilderness sites nestled along the banks of the St. Lawrence River are accessible only by foot or boat. The park has a full-service marina and four boat launches. A sandy beach on the river offers great swimming and there is a recreation barn and 9-hole golf course on the Island. One of the main attractions of the park is the Minna Anthony Common Nature Center, which includes a museum, varied habitats such as wooded wetlands, 3 miles of shoreline and open granite outcrops, and miles of trails for hiking, cross-country skiing, and nature education. The Nature Center provides educational and recreational programs for all ages. Laundry facilities are also available at the camp store.

    Three 3-bedroom cottages are available to sleep six. They include a dining room table with 6 chairs, couch, double bed, bunk bed(s), dressers, mirrors in each bedroom, full bath with shower, propane fired stove, full-size cooking stove, full-size refrigerator, microwave, toaster, coffee pot, screened-in porch with Adirondack style chairs, outside ground grill, and picnic table. The cottage also includes pots and pans, cookware, silverware, and linens.

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    Theresa Jorgensen

    Theresa Jorgensen is a mother to four children including twins. She recognized the necessity for a comprehensive resource of hotels that cater to big families with rooms and suites for 5, 6, 7, or 8 people in a single room while traveling with her own family. In 2008, she established SixSuitcaseTravel to compile a database of such hotels. Over time, the website has grown to include travel advice, itineraries, road trip suggestions, national park guides, and more. Theresa takes pleasure in assisting other big families in creating unforgettable travel experiences.