5 Spooky Sleepy Hollow Campgrounds | 2020 UPDATE
The village of Sleepy Hollow in Westchester County (New York) is infamous for spooky stories. Most specifically, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow…the tale of a headless horseman.
Today we’re helping you find the best campgrounds in the area! We highly recommend the month of October to visit Sleepy Hollow. Not only will it be extra spooky, you might also see the leaves change colors.
Here’s the catch…there aren’t many campgrounds super close. However, the list below has the best and the closest parks available.
We’ll share amenity, location and camper-experience info. Additionally, each spot will have a unique “Sleepy Hollow Campgrounds Score” to help you compare the sites head-to-head.
Here’s a great National Geographic episode about the real-life Legend of Sleepy Hollow!
1: Croton Point Park
Location: 1A Croton Point Ave., Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520
Miles to Sleepy Hollow: 9.6 miles
Why You’ll Love It: Croton Point Park is one of the closest campgrounds to Sleepy Hollow. Best of all, its located on a beautiful peninsula on the Hudson River. There are lots of activities on site. You can boat, fish, golf, mini golf, kayak, swim and hike!
The RV sites offer full hook ups. There are also cabins available for rent.
What’s The Word: Ann on Campendium says, “Quiet camping under large sycamore and hemlock trees. Some pines nearby. Large site. Many sites near us are empty. Good walk to the end of the peninsula with the Hudson River on both sides. Many birds flying in the trees.”
Sleepy Hollow Campground Vibes: 8.5/10 Great location and awesome onsite amenities.
2: Beaver Pond Campground
Location: 700 Kanawaukee Rd., Stony Point, NY 10980
Miles to Sleepy Hollow: 24 miles
Why You’ll Love It: Beaver Pond Campground is located in Harriman State Park in Stony Point, New York. The main attraction onsite is the awesome beach on Lake Welch. You can swim, boat & kayak from the campground beach. There are also lots of hiking trails at Beaver Pond.
This rustic campground has dry camping RV sites. It’ll set the perfectly spooky mood for your trip to Sleepy Hollow. Camp fire ghost stories and s’mores are a MUST!
What’s The Word: La Tortuga on Campendium says, “Over 120 campsites, some are platform, some are simple pull-in. All sites have a picnic table and fire ring. Platform sites can be a little close to each other. Almost all sites are either partial or full shade. Showers, bathroom, dump station available. There is a swimming beach and boat launch.”
Sleepy Hollow Campground Vibes: 7.9/10 It’ll be a decent drive to Sleepy Hollow, but the campground has all the right vibes!
3: Mahlon Dickerson Reservation
Location: 995 Weldon Rd., Jefferson, NJ 07849
Miles to Sleepy Hollow: 49 miles (farthest on the list)
Why You’ll Love It: We had to include Mahlon Dickerson Reservation because its a true “hidden gem”. With only 18 RV sites and tons of surrounding nature, you’ll never feel cramped when camping here.
Here’s the onsite activities: cross country skiing, fishing, hiking, equestrian trails and athletic fields.
The RV sites include water & electric. At $22 a night, you’ll get your moneys worth!
What’s The Word: Camino on Campendium says, “The clean bathrooms and showers help to save water so you don’t have to dump your tanks until you are ready to leave. While there are no other amenities at the park, the location makes it a great place to stay. Within an hour’s drive of the park, you have mountain hiking trails, historic locations like Morristown and lakes for water sports.”
Sleepy Hollow Campground Vibes: 6.9/10 A little far from Sleepy Hollow, but a wonderful camping experience.
4: Floyd Bennett Field
Location: 50 Aviation Rd., Brooklyn, NY 11234
Miles to Sleepy Hollow: 44 miles
Why You’ll Love It: Not only is Floyd Bennett Field relatively close to Sleepy Hollow, its also the only RV campground in Brooklyn. At $30 a night, the location can’t be beat. Here’s the catch…it’s basically an abandoned air field and has no “camp vibes”.
On the plus side, it does have direct access to the bus route, leading you to the central subway.
What’s The Word: A recent Campendium user tells it like it is, “Yes, I have a lot of bad to say about this place – but we would definitely stay here again if we were coming back to the city in our RV. While the place was a bit chaotic, I never felt unsafe – just more annoyed than anything. We were there for 4 days and were gone most days into the later evening and never once had anything messed with at our site/RV.”
Sleepy Hollow Campground Vibes: 5.8/10 If you want to visit Sleepy Hollow & NYC, this park is for you! If you want nature-vibes, try another campground.
5: Liberty Harbor RV Park
Location: 11 Luis Munoz Marin Blvd, .Jersey City, NJ
Miles to Sleepy Hollow: 38 miles
Why You’ll Love It: Liberty Harbor RV Park is a great option is you love RV hook ups. This is a typical city RV park, offering you amenities like 24/7 security, wifi, showers, onsite restaurant & bar, and handicapped accessible facilities.
You’ll pay a higher price for these amenities, but it will surely provide more comfort.
The location of Liberty Harbor will get you close to Sleepy Hollow, but even closer to NYC.
What’s The Word: Angela in Campendium says, “This is definitely a no-frills RV Park and Marina, but it has all of the necessities. The water was clean, power was stable, and the internet was usable. The bathrooms were secure, clean, and the showers were free. There is only one dump station, and if leaving mid-morning expect to wait in line. The lot is guarded 24/7 and the security guards were very alert to any vehicle coming into the area so we never felt unsafe.”
Sleepy Hollow Campground Vibes: 8.5/10 Kinda close to Sleepy Hollow, very close to NYC.
Things to do in Sleepy Hollow NY
There are a lot of spooky things to do in Sleepy Hollow, NY. Before you make the trip, we recommend brushing up on the legend. Check out the classic book by Washington Irving, or binge the TV series for your Sleepy Hollow homework!
Here’s a list of activities to do once you arrive:
- The Great Jack-o-Lantern Blaze: See over 7,000 carved pumpkins during the month of October! An awesome, family-friendly activity. More Info…
- Sleepy Hollow Cemetery Tours: On day or evening tours you’ll uncover famous and infamous residents, decipher symbols, and, of course, hear about “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” In October there are readings from the work of Edgar Allan Poe and ghost stories by Washington Irving.
- Washington Irving Landmarks: Visit the author of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow’s home, churches and graveyard! Great for any history buff!
- Headless Horseman Statue: It may be cheesy, but it’s a “must see” statue! Even Roadside America has it listed as a featured destination.
Trip Routing to Sleepy Hollow Campgrounds
If you’re traveling with an RV, trip planning to Sleepy Hollow is essential. NYC and the surrounding areas have many tolls, tunnels and low hanging bridges. After spending a big amount of money on tan RV, you don’t want to run into a low hanging bridge!
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We love camping across this amazing country. And, we really love it when its free. Here’s our list of the 20 Best Free Campsites in the USA.
If you haven’t tried free camping before, also known as boondocking, take a look at our beginners guide to boondocking filled with everything you need to know to get started.