Hickories Park – Owego, NY
In a normal frame of mind, I’m leary of municipal campgrounds. Since I was already familiar with the area, we decided to spend some time here. The park is public with sports fields, boat ramp, playgrounds, and pavillions. There is no dividing line between day use and campground, but it is not a problem.
The entry and some sites are paved, the restrooms and showers are maintained quite well. The park is immaculately clean and mowed grass with giant old hardwood trees scattered around. Hookups can be a bit backwards in some sites but all utilities are in good shape. There are no sewer hook ups at your site, only two way service. The dump station is free to campers, $5 otherwise. The $15 nightly fee makes this place a bargain.
The village is a mile away and features boutique and antique shops with a nice mix of restaraunts and pubs. The local residents are very friendly, and quite proud of their little village. A trip to the cemetary on top of a mountain is a moving experience. Visit the grave of the Indian girl and take in a beautiful view of the village and the Susquehanna River.
Access to the park is easy from Route 17 for rigs of all size. There are a few warnings here. The pull-thru sites can accomodate any rig, but are a bit close for my taste. Other sites are just gigantic! The waterfront sites have a nice view of the river, but little access. The highway across the river is a constant noise. If you venture out at night bring a good flashlight because there is an extensive skunk population that is not afraid of you. Don’t leave food or garbage out at night, you will have stinky visitors.
No reservations here, just first come, first served. Pick a site and self pay. It’s open year around!