Cherry Plain State Park

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10 State Park Rd, Petersburg, NY 12138, United States

Opening Hours

Open 24 hours


$6 per passenger vehicle $35 per non-profit group bus
$75 per commercial bus

Introduction of Cherry Plain State Park

Cherry Plain State Park, which is tucked away in the Taconic Valley’s woods, is renowned for its breathtaking vistas, extensive woodlands, sandy beach, and Black River Pond. Cherry Plain State Park is a relatively small 175 acres compared to other parks. The Capital District Wildlife Management Area, which surrounds the park, adds an extra 4,153 acres of wooded territory to it. Numerous leisure activities, including as hiking, boating, fishing, hunting, picnicking, cross-country skiing, and more, are available in the park.

The nature paths of Cherry Plain State Park, such the Charcoal Kiln Site, which departs from the parking lot and meanders deep into the forest, are some of its most thrilling features. The park is home to a wide variety of plant and animal species, and Black River Pond provides excellent fishing opportunities. The sandy lakeshore provides the ideal setting for a day of boating, swimming, and sunbathing. For those who prefer to unwind and spend more time in nature, the park also has camping options.

Cherry Plain State Park offers a variety of lake-related activities in addition to picnicking. There is a specific space in the park for family get-togethers, events like weddings, and more. Water’s Edge Shelter is the name of this place, which is reserved only. With the beach and waterfront serving as its natural background, the shelter is a rustic stone pavilion. With so much to do at the park, this place is ideal for making memories with loved ones.

view from Cherry Plain State Park
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Cherry Plain State Park Campgrounds

There are roughly 30 campsites in Cherry Plain State Park with basic facilities for people who love and appreciate being outside. Only smaller RVs and cars are advised inside the park’s boundaries as there are no on-site power, water, or sewage hookups. Near camping areas, there are restrooms, showers, and drinking water amenities. Most picnic spots and campgrounds provide picnic tables, grills, and fire pits. Pets are permitted on the trails and campgrounds as long as they are leashed. Campers can remain for up to 14 days at a period in the park, which is open from 10 am to 6 pm.

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Cherry Plain State Park Activities


Black River Pond, which gives visitors the option to partake in some much-needed water-based activities, is Cherry Plain State Park’s most well-liked feature. In case you forgot to bring your own boat, the park also provides boat rentals. Boat enthusiasts may paddle and kayak on the lake. Rowboats and sailboats may be launched into the cold, quiet lake water from a boat launch point near the beach for a fun day of boating or fishing.


Black River Pond provides a beautiful and serene place for some leisurely fishing. Anglers may unwind while fishing for bass, bullheads, and pickerel as well as the several other fish species that call the pond home while taking in the natural surroundings. Cherry Plain State Park offers the ideal harmony of tranquilly and comfort that allows for an intimate fishing experience, whether you are an expert angler or just want to spend some time alone with nature.


Black River Pond’s beach area provides a spot to unwind and sunbathe in the sweltering summer sun. Jumping into the cool, calm lake water gives rapid respite from the heat, and there are bathrooms and changing facilities on site so you won’t become cold and uncomfortable. Swimmers of all abilities may relax in the lake and cool off in a designated swimming area, especially during the sweltering summer months. Lifeguards are stationed in the swimming areas during peak hours, and the park tests the water before the season begins to guarantee that it is suitable for swimming.


Bike trails are available for use.


For hikers of all experience levels, the Cherry Plain State Park Loop is the best path. The park’s six-mile track loops around it and is mostly flat, making for a more leisurely and picturesque hiking experience. Pets must always be leashed while on the path. Aside from the Cherry Plain State Park Loop, there are several short and lengthy hiking paths available that go to various parts of the park. One in particular leads to the ancient Charcoal Kiln Site, which is hidden amid the trees. Winter sports enthusiasts have access to these well-maintained routes for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing during the winter.


Nearby picnic places provide guests with expansive open views of the deep forests scattered across the rich natural terrain. These areas are closer to the pond and beach area. There are designated picnic sites with tables, grills, and fire pits at Cherry Plain State Park. In case you forgot something, a tiny store near the beach also sells camping goods. This park is an excellent area to have a picnic with family or friends because of its peaceful surroundings and gorgeous surroundings.

Horseback Riding

There are bridle pathways accessible for equestrian riding throughout the park.


Hunting for deer and small game is allowed during the season.

Wildlife Watching

Numerous types of animals and plants may be found in the Capital District Wildlife Management Area, which adds 4,153 acres of wooded area to Cherry Plain State Park. Inhabitants of the wooded regions include migratory and local birds, deer, moose, beavers, and other small animals. They are frequently seen on the numerous nature paths that are strewn over this huge environment. During hunting season, a portion of the park is closed to visitors and set aside for hunters.

Winter Sports

Wintertime cross-country skiing is a wonderful way to take advantage of the snowy weather.

waterfall at Cherry Plain State Park
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The Cherry Plain State Park is situated 7 miles north of Stephentown and 19 miles southeast of Grafton. There are signs to direct guests to the park entrance, which is close to NYS Route 22. In comparison to other parks, this one has significantly smaller camping areas and somewhat narrow roads within of it. Larger RVs and motorhomes are not advised to enter the park since finding parking spaces may be quite difficult. Smaller RVs and automobiles may travel around the park to reach its different campsites, picnic spots, and services thanks to local roads including Miller Rd, State Park Rd, and Black River Rd.


Parking is available.

Public Transport

Public Transport is available.

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