For over a year I’ve been dying to go camping and in July my dream was finally fulfilled! We had a great weekend cooking over the fire, hiking and exposing our dog Kip to his first camping experience. To be honest, judging by the way he dove into the blankets on the air mattress on Saturday night, he wasn’t a huge fan of the whole laying on the ground part of camping. But I think he enjoyed the long hike we took him on and the frequent walks around the campground.
This was our first time visiting Fillmore Glen State Park and I thought it was super cute and well-maintained. Fun fact, the park is about 5 miles from President Millard Fillmore’s birthplace and has a replica of the log cabin he grew up in, which was kinda cool to check out. Plus, I can now say my dog has peed on a President’s lawn 😉 The campground portion was small but we snagged a nice site in the shade and didn’t have to worry about the 90+ temps that weekend.
On Saturday we did the South Rim trail hike along the gorge which was gorgeous. Although it was blazing hot out, the trail was shaded the entire way and made for a really pleasant hike. The trail has several bridges that criss cross over the gorge stream so you’ll find some great views and photo opportunities along the way.
Once you’re finished with your hike the main part of the park has the perfect spring-fed natural swimming pool to take a dip in. It’s super cute and the fresh water is definitely a lot colder than a typical pool, but it felt great in the heat. The only downside was that dogs aren’t allowed in the pool, which was a bummer because I know Kip would’ve loved it! We did find a couple of spots by the stream for him to wade in, which he seemed to appreciate.
Of course, the best part of camping is always the camp food! We went simple with Wegman’s subs for dinner on Friday night and then had bratwurst for lunch on Saturday and chicken and veggie kabobs for dinner. There’s just something about a meal cooked over the campfire and eaten outdoors that makes it taste that much better. Plus the thought of s’mores for dessert doesn’t hurt either.
At only about an hour drive from Syracuse, Fillmore Glen was the perfect quick weekend getaway for us. Even if you’re not into camping I’d definitely recommend checking the state park out for the hiking and swimming. They had a huge pavilion where people were holding a family reunion and plenty of picnic tables and grills to have a quick cookout.
Do you have a favorite New York State Park we should visit? Let me know in the comments, we’re always on the lookout for new locations for adventures!