Cherry Plain State Park has 175 acres and features a sandy beach on Black River Pond, with bathhouse and comfort station nearby. Picnic grounds and a boat launch are adjacent to the beach. The park also has bridle paths and hiking, biking and nature trails that serve for cross-country skiing in winter. Anglers fish for bass, bullheads and pickerel and may also ice fish in winter. The park also has 10 trailer sites and 10 lakeside tent sites available for overnight camping.
Hiked in snow with my dogs yesterday. Trails are well marked, for wildlife we saw 2 snow monikers. Tracks mostly deer and we crossed a moose path with droppings. Did not see the moose. Beautiful area. Snow still about a foot deep on trails that have not been used. Still doable. Just had to tune ourselves to be able to get back to car before sundown. Loved it, adventurous!
Things have improved since the other Tara wrote! After camping for a weekend, my family and I will be coming back. The firewood is kiln dried and in bags now - they even have a small camping store in case you forgot something (we did - matches!). The staff is excellent and the park itself is beautiful. We only wish that the bathrooms near the beach were a little newer.......beware!
We have visited the park many times from camping here, paddles on the lake, events at the pavilions, taking part in the NYS Sara-Cap Geocaching Challenge to day hikes. There are many trails to choose from - some are short, some are longer and some even take you by some historic structures.
I do not like this place....we went camping once when it stormed and and they sold us wet wood. The trails are bland...the lake is small...and you get a very uneasy feeling there....I give this place 1 star. Nothing exciting going on there.