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Sampson State Park
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Sampson State Park
Description - Sampson State Park was once a naval training station, then an Air Force base before becoming a state park. Wildflowers, grasses, shrubs and trees on flat, rolling woodlands are now characteristic of the park. Located in the heart of Finger Lakes, Sampson State Park rests on the eastern shore of Lake Seneca offering a 123-berth marina, electric campsites, picnic areas, playground and playing fields that include tennis, basketball and volleyball courts, a swimming beach and a recreation building.

Attractions - Sampson State Park was once the site of a military station and today serves as a recreation destination for many. The land is now graced with grasses, wildflowers, shrubs and trees. Wildlife enjoy calling this area home. Boaters and land lovers enjoy the area too. A focal point of the park is the 123-berth marina and the 344-site campground with electric hookups. There is a wide range of day use amenities; practically something to meet every taste and desire. The Park also boasts a museum relating to the history of the Naval and Air Force Bases that were once placed at the park before it was aqquired by the state of New York.

Recreation - Sampson State Park is a favorite destination for many. This park offers a smorgasbord of recreation opportunities and facilities including a boat launch, power boating, sailing, wind surfing, picnicking, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, swimming beach, children's playground, tennis courts, recreation programs, play fields, volleyball court and basketball court A variety of winter sports include cross-country skiing, ice fishing and snowmobiling. Seneca Lake is well-known for its trout fishing opportunities.

Climate - The Sampson State Park area experiences average January temperatures above 22 degrees Fahrenheit (above -6 degrees Celsius). It is important to note that this area receives some of the heaviest snowfalls in the nation. Summer temperatures average around 72 degrees Fahrenheit (around 22 degrees Celsius). Precipitation in the region ranges from less than 36 inches to approximately 40 inches of rain and snowmelt.

Location - Sampson State Park is located along the eastern shore of Seneca Lake, 11 miles south of Geneva. The park may be accessed off SR 96A.


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Filed By: Iron Claw
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: I did not like my stay at this campground. It seemed as if the campers next to me were being harrased by the men who cruise around in the golf cart. All weekend they were being told to QUIET DOWN when I could only hear the park ranger guy. I whent on this vacation to rest but I guess I should have just stayed home.

Filed By: Cold Steel
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: The only difficulty I experienced durring my stay at the park was parking my 34 foot R.V. I never would have got my motorhome parked if it were'nt for a nice young man who works at the park. he backed it in exactly where I wanted it. Thanks! The most rewarding thing that realy made enjoy myself was, on the last day some children from a nearby campsite were playing with water baloons. They were laughing and playing and I've never seen so much happiness in on place before. Sadly they were asked to stop when one of them was hit and screamed so loud that a nearby camper became annoyed. All in all it was the best vacation I have ever had. I recommend that anyone who owns a scooter brings it with them when they come. My girlfriend and I had tons of fun cruisin' all the trails. One must be careful though, there are no signs on some of them and it's easy to get lost. The museum is also fun. I thought that taking the tour would be long and borring but when my girlfriend finnaly dragged me to it, I was prooved wrong. There is so much to learn about the history of the park and its not just a classroom sort of thing. I actually got the chance to use a parascope! The last thing that I feel people should know about is the ice cream. I had more ice cream durring that one week than I have had in my entire life. It is soooooo good. I coud think of no other way to keep my little cousins quite than to bribe then with the frozen treat. Some people were complaining that it was costly but I think it was worth it. I plan on visiting the park every July from now on.


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Contact Information:
Sampson State Park, 6096 Route 96A , Romulus, NY, 14541, Phone: 315-585-6392

Additional Information:
Finger Lakes Travel Region - Glacial ice sheets deepened the earth becoming a basin with soil and rock deposits forming natural dams allowing glacial melts to fill what is now known as Finger Lakes.
New York State Parks - The New York Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation offers 152 parks, 35 historic sites and 27 golf courses for all tastes, ages and abilities.

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New York State Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation - Official agency Website

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