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Directions & Attractions

Lakeside is approximately 5 miles off the interstate and can be accessed from the south off I-81 or from the North off I-17/86. The northern route is a bit preferential, especially for larger rigs, since the roads are fully paved into the campground. Below we have included detailed directions on the best routes into Lakeside from the north and south. There are slightly shorter routes that may be recommended by your GPS, but we highly encourage utilizing these routes especially for those driving or towing an RV.

Directions from I-86/Rt 17 in New York: Take exit 79 (Windsor). Proceed south (right off of exit ramp) onto Rt 79; contrary to many GPS directions, DO NOT turn right onto Piper Hill Rd shortly after leaving the town of Windsor. Continue on Rt 79 for approximately 3½ miles, and turn right onto Edson Rd (there will be a Lakeside sign). After approximately 2½ miles, take a left onto Hargrave Rd (there will be another camping sign), and you will arrive at Lakeside on your left after approximately 1 mile.

Directions from I-81 N in Pennsylvania: Take Exit 230 (Great Bend/Hallstead) and take a right off the ramp. Go south on Rt 171 for 1.5 miles, and take a left onto county road 1027/Hausbrook Hts Rd (there will be a Lakeside sign). Stay on this road for about 3 miles, and make a left onto Judd Rd (there will be a camping sign). When you come to a T in the road, make a right and you will arrive at Lakeside on your right within a mile.

Important Note: Once off of Rt 171, the above route is bumpy and also includes a small section of dirt road. If you are coming from the South in PA, there are two alternative routes you can take if you prefer to avoid this. These routes will add some miles to your journey but will provide a paved, smoother option into the campground. These are listed below.

Alternative 1. You can continue on I-81N for an additional 10 miles (into NY state), then merge onto I-86/Rt 17 East; continue for 12 miles and follow the directions above into the campground from I-86/Rt 17 in NY.
Alternative 2. (This route involves a windy, 2-lane state route.) You can still take exit 230 from PA and continue longer on Rt 171 (for approximately 9 miles) into the town of Susquehanna, where you will stay straight onto PA Rt 92 (which transitions to NY Rt 79 when you cross the border). After approximately 7 miles, you will make a left onto Edson Rd (there will be a sign for Hawkins Pond and Lakeside). After approximately 2½ miles, take a left onto Hargrave Rd. (there will be another camping sign), and you will arrive at Lakeside on your left after approximately 1 mile.

Area Attractions

Animal Adventure

Animal Adventure (11.5 miles 24 minutes) - Animal Adventure is an interactive, educational animal park, nestled in the hills of Harpursville, NY, just 15 minutes outside of Binghamton. Camels, Kangaroos, Wolves & Lemurs ... Oh My! Since 2017, thousands of guests from around the world have joined us for amazing hands-on, educational behind the scenes programs; Giraffe, Penguin, Aussie Adventures, Otters – the most popular? SLOTHS!

Anthony Brunelli Fine Arts

Anthony Brunelli Fine Arts (20.5 miles 30 minutes) - Located in downtown Binghamton on the first two floors, the focus of the gallery is the presentation of the best contemporary realist art. The gallery specializes in the finest examples of post-modern contemporary realism, photorealism and well-disciplined abstract paintings, drawings, sculpture, original prints and alternative photographic media by emerging, mid-career, and established international artists. Fine quality craftsmanship, labor-intensive production, and innovation are central to the gallery's program.

Apple Hills

Apple Hills (27.8 miles 38 minutes) - Farm market open year round, call for hours. Fresh fruit, vegetables, cider, wide variety of baked goods made on premises, jams, cheeses, syrup and more available for sale. Unique gift items also available. Apple Dumpling Café with outside porch, delicious breakfasts and lunches served daily. U-pick seasons for strawberries, cherries, raspberries, blueberries and apples.

Binghamton Baseball

Binghamton Baseball (20.1 miles 28 minutes) - The Binghamton Rumble Ponies are an American minor league baseball team based in Binghamton, New York. The team, which plays in the Eastern League, is the Double-A affiliate of the New York Mets major-league club since 1992.. The Rumble Ponies play in NYSEG Stadium, located in Binghamton.

Binghamton Senators Ice Hockey Team

Binghamton Senators (21.2 miles 30 minutes) - The Binghamton Senators were a professional ice hockey team in the American Hockey League. Nicknamed the B-Sens, they played in Binghamton, New York, at the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena. The B-Sens were minor league affiliates of the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League.

Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park

Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park (22.3 miles 32 minutes) - The Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park sits tucked into the northern face of Binghamton’s South Mountain. The zoo officially opened in 1875, and it is the fifth oldest zoological institution in the country behind such communities as Philadelphia, Chicago, Cincinnati, and Buffalo. Exhibits include: The Rainforest Aviary, Cat Country Complex, Our Changing World and Penguin Exhibit. What was once asphalt, concrete and steel bars is now winding wooded paths with naturalistic exhibits housing over 100 different species. A strong emphasis on conservation education has created an outreach program that serves over 20,000 people in New York and Pennsylvania.

Binghamton Carousel Capital of the World

Carousel Capital of the World - The Binghamton area has been dubbed the Carousel Capital of the World because out of only 150 antique carousels remaining in the United States and Canada, six are in the greater Binghamton area. As the “Carousel Capital of the World,” their collection of antique merry-go-rounds will surely transport you to yesteryear. Take a step – or spin, rather – back to a simpler time on six of Binghamton’s most unique features, which take residence in tri-city parks that are just as beautiful as these lovingly restored, wood-carved relics of recreation.

Cider Mill

Cider Mill (29.6 miles 40 minutes) - The Cider Mill in Endicott, New York has been a landmark in its location since 1926, and perhaps before. The wonderful aromas and tastes of Fall in upstate New York continue to attract thousands each year to the natural goodness of pure cider and all the old-fashioned goodies that complement its flavor.

Conklin Players Club

Conklin Players Club (13.2 miles 21 minutes) - This par 72 golf course with 6772 yard championship tess provides a tough challenge to the most experienced golfer! A consistent 4 1/2 rated course by Golf Digest Magazine - impeccably manicured course, 4 sets of tees, pro-shop, restaurant, and GPS Visage software system on all carts. Course features bent grass tees, fairways, greens and practice tee with highly manicured roughs.

Cutler Botanic Garden

Cutler Botanic Garden (22.3 miles 32 minutes) - The Cutler Botanic Garden is free and open to the public year round from dawn to dusk for self-guided tours. The Cutler Botanic Garden is a center for teaching horticulture and environmental issues. The garden encourages an appreciation of the environment and helps teach the value of natural resources through educational activities. The purpose is to help participants teach themselves to grow plants with minimal negative effect on the environment.

Discovery Center of the Southern Tier

Discovery Center of the Southern Tier - Interactive children’s museum features 25+ themed play-&-learn exhibits & an outdoor story garden. Explore, experience and join in as your children discover themselves in this kid-sized little city where a child’s only job is to let their imagination run wild and examine the world around them. Play and learning flow together here in unique hands-on settings that are designed with imagination, research and attention to the needs and spirit of today’s learners. Theirs is a unique space which is designed carefully to reflect their concern that a balance of art, history, science and the humanities connect to provide the rudiments of a well-rounded individual.

En-Joie Golf Club

En-Joie Golf Club - The En-Joie Golf Club is a beautiful tour-tested championship golf course located in Endicott, NY. Nestled below rolling hills and along the banks of the Susquehanna River, En-Joie is an old-school layout that true golf enthusiasts love. No tricks, and no quirky holes – just a great traditional layout that shot-makers love, and it continues to stand the test of time. The golf course is located only 5 minutes off of Route 17 / I-86 in south central New York State, and just 10 miles west of downtown Binghamton, NY.

Faerie Fest

Faerie Fest - Held the 4th weekend in June, the NY Faerie Festival is a Nature loving and family friendly event set in rural New York State just east of Binghamton. The festival is located on a tract of private, forested land in the hamlet of Ouaquaga. It has several open fields and a creek. Visitors can expect to see bridge trolls, mermaids, jugglers, magicians and wandering minstrels, live music and more. Meet with the Faerie Queen and her Court of marvelous characters and watch a jousting tournament. There’s also a Masquerade Ball and juried exhibition and sale of handmade North American arts and crafts.

First Fridays Art Walk

First Fridays Art Walk - A walking tour in downtown Binghamton highlighting about 45 galleries, open studios of artists and artisans, art exhibits and sales, restaurants and shops. Established in the early 2000’s by a creative trio of women dedicated to the arts in Binghamton, the First Friday Brochure highlighted arts spaces that opened their doors on the First Friday of every month from 6-9pm. Almost 20 years later, First Friday has expanded to include our vibrant restaurant scene, and additional creative sites. In 2020 the Broome County Arts Council adopted the First Friday art walk as their own.

Greenwood Park

Greenwood Park - Greenwood is the county’s first and most complete park. Groomed cross-country ski trails and equipment rentals complete this year-round park. Relax in the shade or bask in the sun in the extensive picnic areas, or enjoy the peaceful beauty of the park’s nature trail system. The lake’s spring-fed waters provide refreshing swimming areas at the white sand beach, as well as great opportunities for anglers of all ages, from shore or from a rental boat.

Integrated Activity Center

Integrated Activity Center - The activity center is a multi-sensory play space for individuals with and without special needs. Featuring several areas such as fine motor skill development room, multi- sensory play room, exercise room, sensory room with bubble tubes and fiber optics, LED Dance Floor and Karaoke Machine, interactive floor featuring state of the art equipment, relaxation room with zero gravity massage chairs and the health & wellness room with salt lamps and water fountain. Take a journey and have an eclectic experience!

Jackson’s Farms

Jackson’s Farms - Jackson’s, a family owned and operated farm, was started by Edward and Elizabeth Jackson in 1958. Oldest pumpkin farm in NYS. Large pumpkin display. In-season vegetables, New York Apples, squash, gourds, Indian corn, haunted house, petting zoo, climbing wall, food concession, crafts and baked goods.

Kopernik Observatory & Science Center

Kopernik Observatory & Science Center - The Kopernik Observatory & Science Center opened in 1974 and sits atop a 1,720 foot hill in Vestal, has been the best sited and best equipped public observatory in the Northeast offering school, public and summer programs for students of all ages. See our website for more information regarding these educational programs. Its mission is to offer hands-on investigations using advanced telescopes, computers and other tools, encouraging the discovery of the wonders of the Universe.

Lone Maple Farm

Lone Maple Farm - September & October: Homemade cider and donuts, apple picking, hayrides, fall family fun! Farm market offering spring time bedding plants, hanging baskets, Mother’s Day gifts, local fruits and vegetables in season, fresh baked goods and homemade ice cream everyday. Winery and café on-site.

Orazio Salati Studio & Gallery

Orazio Salati Studio & Gallery - The spacious gallery features floor to ceiling windows that offer an overview of some of Binghamton’s finest architecture. Each month the studio features solo exhibitions by internationally known, regional, and local artists. New exhibits open on the first Friday of each month.

Priesthood Restoration Site

Priesthood Restoration Site - The Priesthood Restoration Site in Oakland Township, Pennsylvania, is a place where several significant events of the Restoration occurred. Joseph Smith translated most of the Book of Mormon here in the home he shared with his wife, Emma. John the Baptist appeared to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery in a nearby forest and restored the Aaronic Priesthood to the earth. Joseph and Oliver baptized each other in the Susquehanna River. This historic site is open to the public. The site features historic landscapes, three monuments, two reconstructed homes, and a visitors’ center with a film, artifacts, and interactive exhibits. The McCune Cemetery, where Joseph and Emma Smith buried their first child and where Emma’s parents are buried, is adjacent to the site.

Roberson Museum and Science Center

Roberson Museum and Science Center - Roberson Museum and Science Center is the area’s premier destination for community events, interactive exhibitions, and engaging education programs in art, history and science education. Roberson reflects the community through exciting exhibitions, educational programs and fun events. Museum features historic mansion, digital planetarium and Southern Tier's largest public model train layout.

Rod Serling Museum

Rod Serling Museum - Rod Serling, creator of The Twilight Zone, grew up in Greater Binghamton: his boyhood home still stands on the West Side of Binghamton. Enter … The Serling Zone ........ Pencil in on your itinerary plenty of time to retrace the steps of Rod Serling.

Skate Estate

Skate Estate - Year round fun (outdoor attractions are seasonal) featuring: roller skating, laser storm, the rock-climbing wall, miniature golf, and the Water Wiz water slide, numberous arcade games and more. They also have a snack and pro-shop.

Southern Tier Balloons

Southern Tier Balloons - Offering daily hot air balloon tours in the Finger Lakes region of Ithaca, NY and the Southern Tier region of Upstate New York. Hot air balloon rides from Otsiningo Park in Binghamton, New York year round. Fly with them and see the beautiful rolling hills of the Southern Tier and Broome County from the air.

Spiedi Fest Night Glow

Spiedie Fest - Held in Binghamton the first weekend in August, the Spiedie Fest & Balloon Rally has grown over the past three decades into a full three day event that attracts over 100,000 people from across the region, making it the third largest hot air balloon festival in the country! It features a national music lineup, meet & greets, 25 hot air balloons scheduled for 5 launches over the weekend (weather permitting), a craft show, antique car show, 5K Run/Walk, sand volleyball tournament, an awesome children’s area with rides and games. There is something for the entire family!

The Bundy Museum of History & Art

The Bundy Museum of History & Art - Relive the elegance of the Victorian Era at the Bundy Museum. They house a number of exhibits showcasing the legacy of Harlow and Willard Bundy, and honoring local history and art. The Bundy Museum of History and Art was established to educate and entertain the public about the history and art of Broome County; to collect, preserve, and make available to the public a collection of Bundy Manufacturing Company related artifacts.

The Broome Center for the Performing Arts

The Broome Center for the Performing Arts - The Broome Center for the Performing Arts, The Forum is home to the Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra's Pops Series, Tri-Cities Opera, Broadway Theater League, and various dance groups. A restored vaudeville house, the Forum enables our community performing arts groups to present various programs in an elegant theatrical setting. The theatre organ at the Forum is one of the few of its kind in existence.

The Salt Sanctuary Spa

The Salt Sanctuary Spa - Your own private oasis is waiting at The Spa at Traditions. Slip into a plush robe and slippers and then relax in front of the fireplace as you wait for your massage or other treatment. Relieve stress and enjoy soothing relaxation in our one-of-a-kind Salt Sanctuary. Known to promote wellness, and with healing properties for a host of respiratory and skin ailment symptoms, salt sanctuaries have been recognized for their health benefits in Eastern Europe for years.

Traditions at the Glen Golf

Traditions at the Glen Golf - Masterfully designed by John Van Kleek in 1937, Traditions’ 4-Star 18-hole championship golf course is set on rolling hills along a wooded Glen with magnificent views overlooking the Susquehanna River. Tree lined fairways and meticulously groomed greens make our course a favorite among local players, golf members, and visitors to the Greater Binghamton area. Warm up before your round on our irons only practice range and putting greens or come out and work on your game.

Traditions at the Glen FootGolf

Traditions at the Glen FootGolf - Their FootGolf Course opened in 2015 and has grown in popularity every year. As you enter Traditions you will see their 18-Hole FootGolf Course on your left. FootGolf combines the sports of soccer and golf. Originating in the Netherlands, this growing phenomenon has now spread to over 16 countries around the world. Similar to golf, players kick a soccer ball into a 21" diameter hole with the least amount of strokes possible. Traditions’ 18-Hole FootGolf course consists of Par 3, 4 and 5 stroke holes. You can play as a twosome, threesome or foursome and distances from tees to greens vary depending on skill levels.

Water Street Brewing Company

Water Street Brewing Company - Water Street Brewing Co. offers high quality beer, brewed on premises and served fresh. Satisfy your appetite with meals prepared from fresh, local ingredients in a fast-casual environment.

Windy Hill Candle Factory

Windy Hill Candle Factory - The proud “Home to Candyland: The Sweetest Place on Earth,” Windy Hill is the place to get your fill of hand-crafted treats. Specializing in hard-to-find “retro” candies, Windy Hill promises to help adults rediscover favorites from childhood and children to enjoy products made in the vein of yesteryear’s sweets. And of course there’s a huge selection of candles, air fresheners, soaps, and more! People loved the new items so they kept adding more and started Candyland. Within six months candy was outselling their candles that they have sold since 1995! So they continue to look for the new items and add them to their retro items.

Binghamton Visitors Bureau
Binghamton Philharmonic
Chamber of Commerce
Haunted History Trail

Stock Car/Motor cross Racing

Broome-Tioga Sports Center -Binghamton
NY Penn Can Speedway, Susquehanna, Pa
New Afton Speedway, Berkshire, NY
Five Mile Point Speedway, Kirkwood, NY
Thunder Mtn Speedway, Lisle, NY

Hiking near Lakeside Campground

Chenango Valley State Park
Two Lakes: Lily & Chenango Lake
23 Easy to Moderate Trails
153 State Park Road, Chenango Forks, NY 13746
Distance from Campground: 22.7 miles

Ouquaga Creek State Park
55 Acre Arctic Lake Easy to Moderate Trails
Nice Lake Loop
5595 County Route 20, Masonville, NY 13733
Distance from Campground: 28.1 miles

Aqua Terra Wilderness Area
Hike Both Sides (Aqua=Water Terra=Land); former ski hill
Easy to Moderate Trails
Maxian Rd, Binghamton, NY
Distance from Campground: 22.2 miles

Dorchester Park / Whitney Point Dam
1200 Acre Reservoir
4+ miles trails Flat Paved Walking Areas - Easy/Moderate
5469 State Route 26, Whitney Point, NY 13862
Distance from Campground: 29.9 miles

Greenwood Lake State Park
6.5-mile Nature Trail System
Easy Access - Spring Fed Lake
153 Greenwood Road, Lisle, NY 13797
Distance from Campground: 37 miles

Hawkins Pond Nature Area
A Secluded Nature Experience
4 miles of Trails
224 Scouten Hill Road, Windsor, NY 13865
Distance from Campground: 3.4 miles

Nathaniel Cole Park
53 Acre Lake
Wooded Nature Trails - Easy
1674 Colesville Road, Harpursville, NY 13787
Distance from Campground: 14 miles

Jones Park
CHALLENGE - 4 miles intertwining trails (goal to reach the pipeline on other side of park)
97 State Line Road, Vestal, NY 13850
Distance from Campground: 24 miles

Wolfe Park
Nature Trail Overlooking Creek - Waterfall
Moderate, with several options
Dorman Road, Binghamton, NY
Possible trail closure due to washed out bridge. AllTrails App has current conditions.
Distance from Campground: 22 miles

Binghamton University Nature Preserve
Nature Preserve, including 20-acre wetland
Maintained Trails - Moderate
4400 Vestal Parkway, East Vestal, NY 13850
Distance from Campground: 24 miles

IBM Glen
Mature Forest with large trees & cascading gorge
2 miles winding trails
1395 Robinson Hill, Road Endicott, NY 13760
Distance from Campground: 24 miles

SUNY Broome Nature Area
3.8 Miles well marked trails - variety of terrain
907 Upper Front Street, Binghamton NY 13905
Distance from Campground: 20 miles

Salt Springs State Park
Gorge with 3 waterfalls
14.85 miles of trails
RR29, Montrose PA 18801
Distance from Campground: 16 miles