Date of Stay: Sunday July 6 – Friday July 11, 2014 (5 nights)
Website: Sampson State Park (NY)
6096 Route 96A
Romulus, NY 14541
Description: Large NY State Park on the eastern shore of Seneca Lake. This was once a military base so there are quite a few miles of paved roads here. It was a Naval training facility during WWII and then an Air Force base during the Korean War. There is a Military History Museum that uses the old Brig building in the Park. We stayed on site 33 next to Charlie and Dot. Dan and Tricia were next to them and Doug and Darlene were across from D&T. There are 5 shaded loops with 30A electric only sites which are gravel with mostly gravel roadways. The electric pedestal is shared by two sites so you will need a 30A extension. Gin was able to use a cheater to give a little more juice. Each loop has a bathhouse. Fill your fresh water tank at the dump station near the entry. There is a 6th loop in an open field overlooking Seneca Lake but it doesn’t have any facilities. There is also a marina and beach on the lake.
Activities: It was great to get together with our friends over campfires and cocktails. There’s a lot to do in the area and the park is a good place for bike riding and walking. Unfortunately, Gin’s knee was bothering her so she stayed close to camp while I explored the area some with our friends. Guess we will have to come back when she feels better. I joined Charlie for a couple of beer tastings while Dot was the DD. I joined D&T along with Doug at the very nicely done Military History Museum on site at Sampson SP. Gin and I took a day trip to visit our Lazy Days friends, Jack and Donna. They had a bad accident in April and totaled their MH. Amazingly, they were not badly injured. I joined D&T, D&D, C&D for a hike at Watkins Glen SP. I just love all those beautiful waterfalls! I finished out that day with a couple of wine tastings with Dot and Tricia while Charlie was the DD.
Trash and Recycle: Dumpsters are located at the entry to each camping loop. Also there is a sizable general recycle bin next to the dumpsters.
Friends around the campfire Sunset at Sampson SP
Beer tasting at Wagner Valley Brewery
Beautiful views of Seneca Lake from Wagner Valley Brewery…
…and from Sampson SP
Displays outside the Military History Museum
Navy displays Air Force displays
Mess hall display Army Air Force transforms into US Air Force
Dentist chair in Navy displays Barber shop in Air Force displays
Working periscope The Brig This punishment might work
Watkins Glen is a great place to hike with friends Charlie, Tricia, Darlene, Doug, Dan and Dot!
I love this green gorge with all the waterfalls!
Hazlitt Vineyards... home of Red Cat
Tricia, Syl and Dot at Penguin Bay and Chocolate Lab Wineries