21 Spectacular Finger Lakes Waterfalls For The Non-Hiker Hiker 2023

21 Spectacular Finger Lakes Waterfalls For The Non-Hiker Hiker 2023

21 Spectacular Finger Lakes Waterfalls for the Non-Hiker Hiker 2023

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The Finger Lakes Waterfalls are OUTSTANDING and if you love falling waters, then you too must see them!

Recently, Robb and I ventured to Upstate New York for a little downtime.  Little did we know, we would be completely blown away by what we found.  In fact, we had no idea that the Finger Lakes Waterfalls were going to be so spectacular.

Our itinerary was pretty simple to start.  Most of the waterfalls we ventured out to see are close to the parking area and less than a mile roundtrip hike. They are mostly hikes for the non-hiker.

These are 21 Spectacular Finger Lakes Waterfalls for the Non-Hiker Hiker

These 21 Finger Lakes Waterfalls are listed in no particular viewing order.  For navigational ease, the waterfalls are grouped together by the town in which they are located.

Montour Falls, NY

  1. Chequaga Falls-165ft Cascade
  2. Aunt Sarah Falls- 90ft Ribbon
  3. Hector Falls- 100ft Cascade

Ithica, NY

  1. Ithaca Falls- 150ft Cascade
  2. Cascadilla Gorge Trail- 8 Waterfalls ranging from 8ft-80ft in height Cascades and Tier
  3. Endfield Falls- 30ft Cascade
  4. Triphammer Falls-55ft Cascade
  5. Taughannock Falls- 215 Single Drop Plunge
  6. Toughannock State Park Upper Falls- 100ft Cascade

Pen Yan, NY

  1. Seneca Mills Falls-40ft Tier
  2. Cascade Mills Falls- 20ft Cascade

Castile, NY

  1. Letchworth State Park Upper Falls- 40ft Horseshoe Cascade
  2. Letchworth State Park Middle Falls-107ft Cascade
  3. Letchworth State Park Lower Falls-70ft Cascade

Watkins Glen, NY

  1. Entry Cascade at Sentry Bridge -Watkins Glen State Park-41ft Cascade
  2. Cavern Cascade – Watkins Glen State Park-52ft Cascade
  3. Central Cascade -Watkins Glen State Park-60ft Cascade
  4. Rainbow Falls – Watkins Glen State Park-101ft Triple Cascade
  5. Pluto Falls -Watkins Glen State Park-9ft Tiered

Holley, NY

  1. Holley Falls-35ft Cascade

Niagra Falls, NY

  1. American Falls-190Ft Tall and 1060ft Wide Cataract


Finger Lakes Waterfalls near Montour Falls, NY


1. Chequaga “SheQuaGa” Falls

109 S Genesee St, Montour Falls, NY 14865

In the middle of town, you can see the stunning SheQuaGa Falls.

If waterfalls and picnic areas are your things, then SheQuaGa Falls may be your new top favorite destination.

The park is easily accessible complete with walking trails, a pavilion, and benches.  The main attraction is the 156-foot cascading waterfall.  Visitors can walk around the pool and feel the spray of the falls.

This serene setting and accessibility make SheQuaGa Falls a perfect destination or backdrop for a photo shoot.

Shequaga falls montour falls, ny

2. Aunt Sarah Falls

307 N Catherine St, Montour Falls, NY 14865

Just ½ mile away from SheQuaGa Falls is Aunt Sarah Falls.  This towering 90-foot ribbon falls is another waterfall photo opportunity.

Parking is tight, so be mindful when crossing the street.

As with most waterfalls, Aunt Sarah Falls is best viewed after rain or in the spring when the flow is heavier.  Unfortunately for us, this waterfall was bone dry when we visited.

3. Hector Falls

NY 414, Burdette, NY

When traveling along Route 414, keep your eyes open or you will miss it.  Though this massive roadside waterfall towers at 165 feet, traffic may prevent you from snapping a picture.

The road is busy, so proceed with caution.  There are a few parking spots on the road near Hector Falls.

The roadside viewing area gives a view of only 50 feet of this cascading waterfall.  From the overlook bridge, you can almost touch the cascading waters and see the waters fall below you.

Boating on Seneca Lake may give you a view of the other 100 feet of Hector Falls.


Hector falls finger lakes waterfalls


Finger Lakes Waterfalls Near Ithaca, NY

4. Ithaca Falls

Lake Street, Ithaca, NY

Ithaca Falls is a jaw-dropper.  Even though you can see Ithaca Falls from the roadway, the best views are found inside the gorge.

Parking for Ithaca Falls is ample, yet the lot itself is very steep. With two levels available, it is very easy to find a parking spot.

From the highway overlook, you can see the falls up through the gorge.  However, taking the short 10-minute hike into the gorge changes everything.

The terrain is rocky and uneven, yet relatively flat once you are down on the riverbed trail.  The walls of the gorge reach heights of 100 feet.

As you come to the clearing, you will be captivated by the full view of this stunning 150-foot cascade.  This is a beautiful place to sit and experience the wonders of waterfalls.

Despite the fact the pool looks inviting, swimming is not allowed.  Loose shale and underwater currents make these waters incredibly dangerous.

Ithica falls finger lakes waterfalls

5. Cascadilla Gorge Waterfall Trail

Lower Trailhead Access:  Treman Triangle Park,  Intersection of Linn St and East Court Street, Ithaca, NY

Upper Trailhead Access: Cornell University Campus, behind Schwartz Center for Theatre Arts, Intersection Oak Ave and College Avenue, Ithaca, NY

The 1.3-mile gorge trail leads its visitors from the Cornell University Campus to downtown Ithaca.  The trail can be a strenuous walk for some as there are stair steps and plenty of them.

The hike along Cascadilla Creek is gorgeous with the towering gorge walls and 8 flowing waterfalls.  Along the way, there are plenty of resting spots, benches, and sturdy walls to view the waters.

The Cascadilla Gorge Trail is closed during the winter months as it becomes extremely dangerous.

For non-hiker hikers like us, we started at the bottom and hiked up the gorge.  The last 2 sets of steps up to the Campus are knee killers.

Unless you are planning to ride-share back to the bottom, of the gorge, these 200+ uneven stairs are not necessary.

Reward yourself at this last beautiful waterfall and take a break.

Cascadilla gorge trail finger lakes waterfalls

6. Enfield Falls

105 Enfield Falls Rd, Ithaca, NY

Treman State Park is a double treat for visitors.  With both a waterfall and a swimming hole, you can easily spend the entire day relaxing in the grove.

The walk from the parking lot is very easy, flat, and paved.  Just the way non-hikers like us prefer hiking paths.

From a height of 30 feet, Enfield Falls cascades into the cold water pond below.  Adventurous swimmers jump from the diving board into the 20 ft deep swimming hole.

For those that are a little less adrenaline fed, the shallow end of the pool is the perfect area to take a dip on a hot afternoon.

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7. Triphammer Falls

Cornell University Campus: University Ave & East Ave, Ithaca, NY  

Cornell University houses a stunning 55-foot cascading waterfall hidden within the campus.

Metered parking is available at the top of the steep walking path, not far from the viewing bridge.

There is a small lot at the bottom of the path reserved for Cornell University Maintenance.  Although parking here is neither encouraged nor permitted, however, a quick peek at the falls probably won’t hurt.  Use your discretion.

Triphammer falls finger lakes waterfalls

8. Taughannock Falls  

Taughannock State Park1740 Taughannock Blvd, Trumansburg, NY

Taughannock Falls is New York’s highest single-drop waterfall.  This spectacular 215-foot plunge waterfall is worth a visit.

Just a short drive from the entrance to the viewing area there is plenty of parking.  Visitors can see this magnificent waterfall from a convenient overlook.

For those that are more agile, there is a staircase down to the riverbed.  However, there is no elevator back to the top.  A short .75-mile hike will bring you to the base of this huge plunge.

Together, the 400 feet gorge walls and stunning waterfall makes this a must-do on your next Finger Lakes Waterfalls adventure.

Taughannock falls state park 20 spectacular finger lakes waterfalls

9. Upper Falls

Just a short drive up through the park is the Upper Falls.  The small parking lot is convenient and the walk to view the falls is short.  Less than a ¼-mile round trip will give you a fantastic view of the Upper Falls.

Standing on the bridge, you can see this beautiful cascade drop 100 feet into the narrow gorge below.

For those more adventurous, both the north and south rim trails are accessible from here.

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Finger Lakes Waterfalls near Pen Yan


The Keuka Outlet Trail and Waterfalls

The Keuka Outlet Trail and Waterfalls hike is 6.8 miles long with 2 powerful waterfalls.  Don’t worry, you can drive to both or at least get close enough to the action.


10. Seneca Mills Falls

2019 Ridge Rd, Penn Yan, NY 

From the parking area, the walk is mostly uphill but easy.  You can walk right up to the edge and see the 3 tiered cascading waterfalls, or hike up to the top of the hill just a few yards further.

The view from the mill ruins is beautiful as you can view the river bed looking both upstream and downstream over the 40-foot waterfall.

Seneca Mills once a vibrant paper mill is now a distant memory.  The ruins of the mill and pump house give visitors a glimpse into its heyday.

A nearby pavilion and benches make Seneca Mills Falls a relaxing place to spend the afternoon.

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11. Cascade Mills Falls

Outlet Rd, Penn Yan, NY 

Cascade Mills Falls is about a ¾-mile round trip walk through the lush green forest and winding along the river.  The path is flat and easy, even for non-hikers like us.

Once you get to the old mill there is a nice bench to rest and listen to the powerful tiered waterfall.

The ruins consist of an old post office and the Cascade Mill, which closed in 1966. Although there are “no trespassing” signs posted around the vacant mill, the graffiti shows something different.

Several buildings are scheduled for demolition to make the area safer for visitors, hikers, and waterfall seekers.

The massive green space and trails make Cascade Mills Falls a quiet retreat.

Cascade mills falls, spectacular finger lake waterfalls

Waterfalls in Letchworth State Park

1 Letchworth State Park, Castile, NY

WOW and WOW is the only way to describe Letchworth State Park.  It is very easy to stay in this State Park for days exploring the many trails, overlooks, and 30 waterfall hikes.

Visitors quickly understand why Letchworth State Park is Often referred to as “The Grand Canyon of the East”.

Stretching 17 miles, along the Genesee River, visitors are treated to breathtaking views of the nearly 600 ft walls of the gorge.  This is a spectacular park!

Our hike included only 3 waterfalls.   These are the big ones, in other words, the main attractions.

Some of the hikes can be brutal, so consult your Letchworth Park Map before attempting something beyond your ability.


12. Upper Falls

From the entry at Portageville, it is just a short drive to the upper falls viewing area. The iconic Letchworth State Park photo is right here in front of you!

For the more agile, there is a path and stairs that lead you down to the walkway toward the middle falls.

Letchworth state park upper falls

13. Middle Falls

To view the Middle Falls you can walk down the steps at the Upper Falls and walk along the river walkway.  The hike is 1.5 miles and fairly easy, or, you can drive down to the next parking area.

The walkway leads to a spectacular view of the middle falls.  This is NOT to be missed.

Follow the stone wall around to the Middle falls viewing area for stunning views of this powerful 107-foot cascading waterfall.  The sound alone is mesmerizing.

Letchworth state park middle falls 20 spectacular finger lakes waterfalls for the non-hiker hiker

14. Lower Falls

The Lower Falls is a little more difficult to visit.  For those more adventurous and fit, the hiking trail continues from the Upper Falls through the Middle Falls and deep into the Lower Falls.

The Gorge Trail is 7 miles long making it a 14-mile round trip.

For non-hikers like us, the drive through the park is just as stunning and there is convenient parking to the Lower Falls.

The “easy view” of the Lower Falls is about ½ mile hike from the parking lot.  This vantage point gives you an ok view of the falls.  You won’t be disappointed if you decide not to take this walk.

However, if you are comfortable with stair steps, there are 127 of them leading down to the Lower Falls Platform.  From here, you will have the best view of the 70-foot-tall cascade.  Remember though, there is no elevator back up to the top!


Waterfalls of Watkins Glen State Park

100 N Franklin St, Watkins Glen, NY

Watkins Glen is home to 19 waterfalls, but that’s not all.  In addition to the flowing waters, there are over 800 stone steps, trails, and views that will leave you breathless.

Before you begin your hike into the gorge, prepare yourself.  The Gorge trail is about 1.5 miles and you will have to decide where you want to start: Up or Down.

Start in the main parking lot, and climb up 400 feet to the top of the gorge, or park in the Upper Lot to descend 400 feet to the bottom of the gorge.  Either way, there are a lot of stairs (832) to tackle.

For the fit and industrious hiker, you can take one of the other trails such as the Indian Trail back around the top of the gorge.  This will allow you to explore the area, gorges, and waterfalls from a different vantage point.

Of course, you can always hike the gorge trail in the opposite direction.  For us non-hiker hikers, it is a one-way trip and there is a convenient $6 shuttle back to the parking lot.  There is no shame in our game.

The best waterfalls are located near the main parking lot entrance.  Depending on which direction you are hiking, you can call this waterfall the Grand Finale, or A Preview of what’s to come:


15. Entry Cascade at Sentry Bridge

The waterfall cascades down 41 feet into the pool below.  Should you decide not to hike the Gorge Trail, you can still see this waterfall.  It’s just a short walk from the Visitor Center on cement.  There is a small incline, but there is also plenty of seating.  Take a few minutes and listen to the beautiful sound of the water.

Entry cascade at sentry bridge finger lakes waterfalls

16. Cavern Cascade

Have you ever walked behind a waterfall?  When you come here, you will.  Cavern Cascade is a breathtaking 52-footer.  From every angle, the falling water will leave you mesmerized.  There is plenty of viewing room from both sides.  However, it is wet and can be slippery.  Proceed with caution and watch your electronics!

Cavern cascade waterfall watkins glen state park

STRO TIP:  In our opinion, this waterfall is the most spectacular sight in Watkins Glen.  If you are coming up from the bottom and considering turning around, walk up just a little further until you reach this waterfall.  It’s worth it!

17. Central Cascade

Dropping 60 feet makes Central Cascade the tallest waterfall in Watkins Glen.  From the bridge, you can peek over and down into the pools.  And if you are hiking DOWN, make sure you turn around to get your perfect view.

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18. Rainbow Falls

Outstanding is the word to describe this waterfall.  The view looks like something out of a magical fairytale.  The walls of the gorge are high, while the waterfall cascades down to the emerald pools below.  But wait, watch out! You will walk under another waterfall as you ascend!  Take a few minutes here.  After all, this is what you came to see!

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19. Pluto Falls

Mysterious and captivating are what come to mind with this view.  Although Pluto Falls is only about 9 feet tall, it is extraordinary.  The emerald pool below will have you wanting to scale the walls.  However, don’t try.  Swimming is not allowed in the falls and pools in Watkins Glen.

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Throughout the hike, you will see plenty of smaller waterfalls, tunnels, jaw-dropping views, and stairs.  Keep in mind, that the Gorge Trail closes for the season in late October because of the freezing temperatures.  The walkways become extremely dangerous.

In mid-May, the trail will once again open and the streams and waterfalls will be flowing freely.  With the melting snow, the water is likely to be fast and furious!


Stro Tip:  If you are planning to hike UP and turn around and go back DOWN, you may want to skip the 120 steps at Jacobs Ladder.  Unless you are taking a different trail or need to use the restroom, save yourself the climb.  You will have seen the best parts of the trail already and you will save a lot of huffing it!

Watkins Glen is NOT to be missed.  Whether you are camping in a nearby state park,  at a hotel, or at a VBRO, make sure you schedule some time to see this gorge!


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Waterfalls in Holley, NY

20. Holley Canal Falls and Trail

Village of Holley, NY

Holley Canal Falls is an unexpected treat.  Located just 30 minutes from Rochester and nestled in the tiny Village of Holley is this 34-foot cascading beauty.  From the comfort of your car, you can view Holley Canal Falls in the spacious parking lot.

For those that prefer to get up closer, there are trails and walking paths right up to the waterfalls.  It’s not unusual to see families enjoying the park with a pavilion and benches to rest on while taking in the sights.

Stro Tip:  Grab a cone or a milkshake at the Ice Cream parlor before coming down the hill to the park.  Sweet treats always taste better in beautiful locations.


Holley falls, holley ny a gorgeous waterfall in the finger lakes region

Niagara Falls, NY


21. American Falls


No Finger Lakes Waterfalls list would be complete without a mention of Niagara Falls.

The roaring rapids and powerful waterfalls make Niagara Falls one of the top travel destinations in the United States and Canada.  Niagara Falls is a tourist town, with plenty of shops, restaurants, and things to do.  However, we want to talk about the Falls.

From the parking area, it is a short walk to the roaring rapids of the Niagara River.  Walking along the paved path allows for some beautiful pictures.  Just when you didn’t think it could get any better, BOOM, there it is, just an arm’s length away.

Spanning a width of 1050 ft and dropping 188 ft is the iconic American Falls.

Between the roar of the American Falls and the breathtaking views waterfall chasers will agree that Niagara Falls is not to be missed.

Where are the Finger Lakes?


By now, you are probably packing your bags and planning your Finger Lakes Waterfalls tour.  However, you might need a little more clarity on where this scenic region is located.

The Finger Lakes region encompasses 11 long narrow lakes in Western New York State.  More specifically the Finger Lakes region is located west of Syracuse and east of Canandaigua Lake while Lake Ontario borders north and Pennsylvania to the south.

Roughly 9900 square miles make up this New York treasure.  Here you will find over 100 wineries, breweries, and distilleries complete with some of the most beautiful views of the lakes.

With over 2 dozen state parks, there is ample camping, hiking, boating, and of course plenty of Finger Lakes Waterfalls.

This area provides the perfect getaway from the city.  Hometown charm, lake views, and deep gorges await your arrival.

Whether you are a seasoned hiker or prefer parking lot views with ice cream, you can find some of the most beautiful scenery in this area including the Finger Lakes waterfalls.


Weather Conditions Change The Finger Lakes Waterfalls


When planning a tour of the Finger Lakes waterfalls, be sure to consider the weather.



Winter months pose several considerations.  Often the waterfalls are frozen giving a unique photo opportunity.  However, many of the trails and gorges are closed for the season.  The snow and ice are extremely dangerous for hikers, especially novices.


😎 Summer

Even though the temperatures heat up in the summer, the humidity in the Finger Lakes region is low.  The colors are bright green and lush, while the lakes are blue and refreshing.

Depending on the rain, a few waterfalls or streams may be dry.  However, don’t fret, there are plenty of beautiful Finger Lakes waterfalls with plenty of water to chase.


🌷 Spring

Late Spring could be the perfect time for the fast-flowing waters, as well as budding trees and blossoms everywhere.  While the nights are chilly, you will find mild temperatures during the day.


🍂 Fall

Fall can be the most magical time in the Finger Lake region.  Experience the foliage as it turns from green to an array of reds, yellow, and even purples.  Unfortunately, you must time this season just right, because it only lasts for a short time, before the leaves fall to the ground.

11 EASY Steps to Prepare yourself for your Finger Lakes Waterfalls Adventure


Weekends tend to keep the trails crowded.  However, you may find yourself completely alone during weekday hikes.  Whether you are a skilled hiker or a non-hiker hiker like us always prepare yourself BEFORE setting out on your waterfall escapade.

Easy Preparation for Non-Hiker Hikers


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More Things To Do In the Finger Lakes Waterfalls Region



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3- Day Tour: Niagara Falls, Toronto, and 1000 Islands

Leaving New York City, you can sit back and relax as your tour bus transports you to these fabulous destinations.

Enjoy the Finger Lakes Waterfalls,  Niagara Falls, Boldt Castle, and more!

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Finger Lakes Brewery Tour

Visit some of Finger Lakes’ finest breweries.

Learn from local hop farmers and brew meisters.  Share their passion for craft beer, while enjoying a cold one.

This guided tour allows you to sit back and relax while being driven from brewery to brewery.

Click Here To Learn More


Seneca Lake Wine Tasting Tour

Visit and explore 4 of the best wineries along Seneca Lake.Leave the driving to your guide.Learn, tour, and sip your way around beautiful Seneca Lake.Click Here To Learn More

Let’s wrap it up: 21 Spectacular Finger Lakes Waterfalls for the Non-Hiker Hiker!


Waterfalls bring magic and beauty to our landscapes.  Whether the water is free falling, cascading, or flowing into ribbons and tiers, the sounds are mesmerizing.

The Finger Lakes Region is vast and colorful with many more waterfalls to chase.

We’ve brought you 21 Finger Lakes Waterfalls hikes for the non-hiker.  There is so much more to behold in this region.

Go Forth And Travel Finger Lakes Waterfalls and More!

The Finger Lakes Region has so much more to offer.  With 11 lakes, 50+ Finger Lakes Waterfalls, hundreds of walking trails, so many gorges, your adventure is waiting to happen. (Even for non-hiker hikers like us).

Thanks for reading!

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Top FIVE Favorite Campgrounds of 2021.

Top FIVE Favorite Campgrounds of 2021.

Campground reviews are a good resource to use.  What’s even better is finding a trustworthy source that explains their subjective opinion.  In this article, you will understand our criteria for determining our top five favorite campgrounds of 2021.

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For us, traveling full-time means we often move from campground to campground.  We are the first ones to tell you about fantastic experiences we had, in hopes that you will benefit.  Reviewing every campground stay would become time-consuming.  Instead, we break down our top 5 favorite campgrounds of 2021.

Let’s Go!

With so many wonderful places to see, how do you find just the right campground?  For starters, decide what you want in YOUR camping experience.  Everyone is different.  Some enjoy RV resorts with amenities while others want to be in total seclusion.  Robb and I enjoy both and we believe that our Top 5 Favorite Campgrounds of 2021 are inclusive of all types.

While some desire longer seasonal stays, Robb and I prefer to be on the move.  It is rare that we stay longer than 4 weeks stationary, and sometimes we only stay for 2 nights.

Because we move so frequently, we can stay in a lot of different types of campgrounds and RV parks.  From boondocking in the desert to a 1st class RV resort we have seen a few and want to share 5 of our Favorite Campgrounds of 2021.

With over 35,000 miles driven this year, we spent all but 6 weeks sleeping in our RV.  Those statistics alone show that we have some pretty good experience in evaluating RV campgrounds.

As mentioned in a previous article 5 Great Campgrounds You Should Check Out, we have developed a particular criterion for our favorite picks.


Ease of Parking:

How easy is it to park?  Why is this important to us?  Traveling in our 2018 Renegade Verona has perks.  It is a luxury coach, and it is comfortable.  Our rig is also huge at 40 ft long and 13 ft tall, with very low clearance.  Low hanging branches cause scratches, the soft ground can cause us to get stuck, and rocky, uneven terrain can easily damage the undercarriage.  Plus, who wants to make a 37-point turn into their camping spot while the lurkers pretend not to watch you struggle.


Of course, we want to gaze into the night sky, celebrate beautiful sunrises and sunsets, and hug a few trees.  Who doesn’t?  The landscape and the surrounding scenery are our most important rating factors.


Here’s a little secret.  Robb and I don’t care much about amenities and activities.  Chances are we are not coming to the weekly potluck or the next corn hole tournament.  While others enjoy these popular campground amenities, they are just not our thing.  Fire pits and sites with full hookups are our jam.  An occasional hot tub is a bonus.

Site size:

Size does matter, at least when it comes to site size.  Face it; nobody wants to be crammed into a campground.  While it is nice to meet your neighbors, we don’t love having our breakfast next to our neighbor’s sewer hook-up.  YUCK.  Would it be worse to have your new neighbors facing your front door?  Yea, I think not.


Traveling can be quite tiresome and sometimes we need a reset.  Finding a campground that makes you think, I never want to leave here is HUGE.  However, we do like to get out and explore the area as well.  So, if a campground is somewhere we can chill and get away from it all but also convenient for us to check out the cool sites in the area it ranks high for us.


For a park to make our favorite list, they must rate high in most of these categories, with scenery and ease of parking being at the top of the list.


Dive in with us as we drop our top 5 Campgrounds of 2021


Hobson Park State Beach, Ventura, CA September 2021

Imagine a picturesque Pacific Ocean sunset, followed by an evening campfire and hearing the crash of the waves as you drift into slumber.  Hobson Park State Beach will give you this experience without breaking the bank.  You may never want to leave.

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Big Sur Campground, Big Sur, CA September 2021

Located directly off Hwy 1, this gem is close to many of the beaches, overlooks,  and hiking trails of Big Sur.  Nestled between Giant Redwoods and the California Coast lies this heavenly campground.  Big Sur Campground is quiet and comforting to the soul.  Go ahead, hug a tree.

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Quartzite, BLM Land , Quartzite, AZ  October -December 2021

Desert camping at this location is full of wonder and amazement.  From the moment the desert opens her eyes until the last blink, the colors will amaze you.  Bright pinks, orange, blue, and reds fill the sky, finally shifting into monochrome after sunset.  Imagine complete peace and quiet, except for the occasional coyote is what you can expect here, early in the season that is.

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Oxbow Regional Park, Gresham OR June 2021

Camping here made us feel like we were in a deserted forest.  The lush green foliage and stillness of nature make for a perfect retreat.  You are going to have to be comfortable with your party and the solace because there is no internet or cell service.  A word of caution, check your brakes before descending into this canyon park, and take it easy, as the drive down is a 7% grade.

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Palo Duro Canyon State Park

Located just 20 miles from 1-40, Amarillo, Texas is the spectacular Palo Duro Canyon.  Dubbed the Grand Canyon of Texas, the views are spectacular.  Rather than driving at the top of the gorge, you will experience a drive down to the bottom of the canyon where you can camp, explore, hike, and relax.  Be amazed at the canyon walls as they change color with the setting sun.  Listen quietly and you will hear the coyotes in the distance.

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RV life can be both exciting and exhausting depending on your method of travel.  Staying in campgrounds can be expensive as well.  We have some money-saving tips that have been pocketbook savers for us.  Would you like them?  YES, of course, you would.  Just follow this link and we will send them right out to you!

As you are planning your travel this year, remember, fuel prices are higher and campground reservations are less available.  We have put together a list of necessary apps that we use all the time.  We rely on these apps to plan our travel, so we are confident they will help you too.  You can read all about them right here:  Twelve Essential Road Trip Resources

Out of all the possible ways to travel, RVing is by far our favorite.  Seeing the country by road is as good as it gets.  Take some time this season and go RVing.  You will never be the same.

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14 Orlando Area Attractions That We Enjoyed Beyond The Mouse.

14 Orlando Area Attractions That We Enjoyed Beyond The Mouse.

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14 Orlando area recommendations that we enjoyed beyond the Mouse

What is the first vision that comes to your mind when somebody mentions Orlando?  The Mouse, theme parks galore, crowded restaurants, I-4 congestion, maybe all this, right?  Sure, Orlando does offer all of these experiences and so many more.  The good news is there are so many other places in the area to explore.  Next time you are in Orlando, take some time and explore the many diverse neighborhoods and surrounding areas.  Here are 14 Orlando area recommendations that we enjoyed beyond the Mouse.  Let’s get started.

Winter Park: 

Winter Park, founded as a resort destination for the wealthy, is a true gem.  Spend the day shopping in the many boutiques and specialty shops throughout the town.  Take a walk in one of the 70 parks, have lunch in a sidewalk café, or treat yourself to a luxury spa treatment.

Scenic Boat Tour:  Take a relaxing boat tour through the canals that connect Lake Osceola with Lake Maitland and Lake Virginia. Enjoy the views, the water, and the Florida sunshine.

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The Wine Room:  Take some time for the Vine at the Wine Room.  With over 150 wines to sample, this unique experience is perfect for date night.  Buy the wine card and start your tour.  You pick and sample what you desire.  Make sure you visit the Vault Room downstairs.  StroTip: Check Groupon for a Deal


The City of Orlando is often overlooked by visiting tourists.  Downtown offers everything from major sporting events, world-class entertainment venues, and trendy nightspots.

Wall Murals:  The Orlando area is home to over 45 art murals.  Located throughout the city and nearby neighborhoods, these are a few of our favorites.

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1336 N Mills Ave                                                                 1200 E Colonial Ave                                            912 N Mills Ave


Mathers Social Gathering:  Not only is this a super cool speakeasy, but it also offers Happy Hour prices between 4 -7.  Are you looking for something a little sexier?  Try Tuesday night Burlesque.  What a show! Mathers Social Gathering is perfect for date night.

Hanson’s Shoe Repair:  Located inside the Original Hansons Building, one of the oldest in the city, this secret speakeasy is towards the back of the main bar, up the red stairs, and through the black door, which is opened once you ring the buzzer and give the password.  StroTip: To get the password check their social media or call them.

Mills 50:

Mills 50 is a hidden gem of a very eclectic community near Lake Ivanhoe with a lot of small bars, restaurants, and hangouts and murals.

Santiago’s Bodega:  Hands down, this restaurant is your next favorite brunch.  Unlimited mimosas, house-made Sangria, and an unlimited tapas-style buffet brought to your table!   Wait until you try the hash brown casserole and the toffee cake.  Reservations are a must!

Dr. Phillips:

Located close to International Drive hotels and the Orange County Convention Center, Dr. Phillips is worth checking out.  If you enjoy upscale dining without the touristy crowds, this area is for you.  With over 20 eateries in this area, “Restaurant Row” has everything from steaks to tacos.  We opted for tequila and tacos on our visit.

Rocco’s Tacos and Tequila Bar:  Rocos offers lite bites, happy hour, and a very impressive tequila menu.  Outside seating is available as well as inside and four great bars.  With its crazy décor and fantastic food, Rocco’s is a hit.Roccos tacos


Again, more than the mouse up and down 192, you will find a lot of cool stuff to do and eat.

Shingle Creek:  Kayak or canoe down Shingle Creek.  Enjoy the serenity as you paddle through the forest.  There are bike trails and walking trails as well.  Take water; you’re going to need it!

World Food Trucks:  Are you looking for something a little different?  Try World Food Trucks, located on Hwy 192.  Behind the building, you will find over 50 food trucks offering everything from empanadas to smoothies.  There is plenty of seating available.

Sunset Walk:  You can find plenty of dining establishments here at Sunset Walk.  There is often live music in the square.  The crowds are minimal compared to the more popular City Walk and Disney Springs.  From pizza to seafood, you can find something you like here.

The Wharf:  Great seafood, oyster bar, and the very best Smoked Chocolate Old Fashioned ever.

El Jefe Tequilas:  With over 100 quality tequilas to drink, is there anything more to say?  How about some fajitas or a burrito?  With live music on the weekends, El Jefe is perfect for date night.

Old Town Kissimmee:

Kissimmee Lake Front Park:  Take a relaxing bike ride or a walk along the lakefront.  This quiet open area is easily accessible and has plenty of parking and picnic tables.  Make sure you check out the Monument of States before you leave.

Monument of states

Wall Murals:  Historic Kissimmee has several beautiful murals.  Take an early evening away from the crowds and see them.  You can grab some dinner at one of the local restaurants on Broad and Main Streets.

Kissimmee art


As a master-planned community, Celebration is a town within a town.  Complete with shopping, restaurants, and magnificent homes, you will have a wonderful time exploring this area.  Take a stroll down by the lake, or let the kids play in the spouting water park.  Ice cream and macaroons are sure to please your sweet tooth.  There several restaurants in Celebration, and one, in particular, gets our vote every time.

Columbia:  Whether you are having lunch, dinner, or a late-night bite, Columbia is a must.  Start with their world-famous Columbia 1905 salad and a pitcher of Sangria.  Whatever you decide for the entree, you will be pleased.  Save room for white chocolate bread pudding.  It is over the top!

As you can see, there is more to Orlando than most people ever get to know.  We hope the next time you visit, you take some time and explore the city.  These 14 Orlando area recommendations will help you navigate beyond the Mouse.

Thanks for reading!

Travel Safe and Adventure Often,

Maureen & Robb, aka The Stromads

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5 Great Campgrounds You Should Check Out

5 Great Campgrounds You Should Check Out

5 Great Campgrounds You Should Check Out

When you are looking for an RV park or a camping spot, how much research do you do?  How do you find the right place without breaking the bank?  How do you know it will work for you?

To get started finding your Perfect Campground it is important that you establish some criteria and try to find spots that meet them.  It will greatly increase the odds that you will have a great experience instead of a frustrating one.

It’s ok that we have different opinions on campground amenities and styles.  Just because we like a campground you may hate it or vice versa.  That’s alright there are plenty of different types of campgrounds.  

The main point is that you take time to establish your personal criteria, select spots that meet as many of those as possible, so you can live your perfect RV life.

For instance, we have five main questions we ask to establish our criteria. 

Ease of Parking: 

How easy is it to park?  Why is this important to us?  Traveling in our 2018 Renegade Verona has perks.  It is a luxury coach and it is comfortable.  Our rig is also huge at 40 ft long and 13 ft tall, with very low clearance.  Low hanging branches cause scratches, the soft ground can cause us to get stuck, and rocky uneven terrain can easily damage the undercarriage.  Plus, who wants to make a 37 point turn into their camping spot while the lurkers pretend not to watch you struggle. 


Of course, we want to gaze into the night sky, celebrate beautiful sunrises and sunsets, and hug a few trees.  Who doesn’t?  The landscape and the surrounding scenery is one of our most important rating factors.


Here’s a little secret.  Robb and I don’t care much about amenities and activities.  Chances are we are not coming to the weekly potluck or the next corn hole tournament.  While others enjoy these popular campground amenities, they are just not our thing.  Fire pits and sites with full hookups are our jam.  That being said, an occasional hot tub is a bonus.

Site size:

Size does matter, at least when it comes to site size.  Face it; nobody wants to be crammed into a campground.  While it is nice to meet your neighbors, we don’t love having our breakfast next to our neighbor’s sewer hook-up.  YUCK.  That being said, would it be worse to have your new neighbors facing your front door.  Yea, I think not.


Traveling can be quite tiresome. Sometimes this calls for a reset.  Finding a campground that makes you think, I never want to leave here is HUGE.  However, we do like to get out and explore the area as well.  So, if a campground is somewhere we can chill and get away from it all but also convenient for us to check out the cool sites in the area it ranks high for us.     

So let’s dive in and let us tell you what makes the campgrounds on our list stand out along with some StroTips. 

Skidaway Island State Park, Skidaway Island, Georgia: December 2020

Skidaway island camping

Nestled in between lush green palms and giant mossy oak trees, this campground feels like a hidden paradise.  This park is unbelievably beautiful.  The sites are spacious and well thought out.  Rather than facing the roadways, the park design allows your RV or camper to be set with your door facing the woods.  For me, this means no need to wave at every driver coming by your campsite.  The serenity though is only a short drive to the beautiful and incredible city of Savannah.  You can’t go wrong either way, chill, explore or do both. 

Crystal Crane Hot Springs, Burns, Oregon:  September 2020

Crystal crane campground sunset

This desert oasis is a keeper.  Pulling into this park, one might think, wow, this is weird and desolate.  Both of these descriptions are true, and yet there is so much more.  Have you ever had a hot spring experience?  Soaking in the mineral-rich waters under a dark starlit sky can seem a little creepy at first.  But once you enter the naturally heated pool, you won’t want to leave. 

The sites are relatively level, spacious, and have picnic tables.  Experience desert sunsets as the skies fill with hues of pinks and purple.  Listen carefully as the coyotes call to one another.  This is an oasis to take time and chill.  If you don’t mind driving a little more there are some great sites to explore in the high desert country. 

StroTip:  The lower level is less windy. 

Silver Slipper Casino, Waveland, MS: February 2020

Silver slipper casino rv park

Located just an hour outside of New Orleans, this small gem of a park is one we are happy to put on the list.   Maureen says “I have to admit; sunrise is my most favorite time of the day.  However, I rarely see it because I also love to sleep.”  Our waterfront site allowed us to witness the most beautiful sunrises out of the calm gulf waters. 

The sites are level, spacious, and easily navigated.  However, you must be fully contained because there are no bathhouses or facilities, just full hookups.  There is (or at least there was before COVID-19) a fantastic seafood buffet at the Silver Slipper Casino that is discounted during the week, even better.  You can stay put and enjoy the gulf view or you can enjoy the casino and its infinity pool and hot tub which is included with your site fee.  Explore the area by driving around the gulf to the quaint towns of Bay St. Louis and Pass Christian or even NOLA.

StroTip: Get directions from the Casino Do Not use your GPS or you may get stuck and bottom out on a railroad crossing.  Also, get a players card at the Casino and get $25 off your stay. 

Orangeland RV Park, Orange CA: September 2020

Orangeland rv park

Complete with a hot tub and pool, this park is well maintained and accessible and almost like staying in an Orange Grove.  Although Orangeland is urban camping, you will feel secluded from the hustle and bustle.  The pads are level and spacious enough.  The premium sites are equipped with patio furniture, and most areas have a fruit tree.  Depending on the time of year, you can pick lemons, limes, and oranges right off the tree!  Chill in the middle of Orange county or drive to Newport Beach and see a most incredible sunset.  This is an urban oasis with a ton of stuff to do in the area.

Trap Pond State Park, Laurel, DE: November 2020

Trapp pond state park

Who would have thought paradise was only an hour’s drive from our old hometown.  Located in Southern Delaware, this campground easily makes our great list. Trapp Pond State Park allows for a variety of camping styles.  Whether you are a full-size luxury coach or tent camping, this park has something to offer.  You will also find fully furnished yurts and cabin rentals.

The sites are relatively level, spacious, and equipped with a fire ring and picnic table.  Enjoy a leisurely walk around the pond, ride a 5-mile bike loop, play some disc golf, or paddle your kayak in the very large pond.  

We opted for long walks through the woods and daytime fires.  We just wanted to relax but if you are looking to explore, there are some quaint eastern shore towns and Bethany Beach is only about 45 minutes away. 

StoTip: There are water and electric hookups, no sewer.  There is a convenient dump station, but a word to the wise: Sunday checkouts can cause a backup at the dump. 

Are you ready to go?   

These are just 5 Great 5 Campgrounds you should check out.  We have many more we will share in the future.  As full-time RVers, nomads and travelers, we have the pleasure of visiting lots and lots of destinations.   Our travels take us coast to coast, north to south, and most places in between.  We have had some fantastic experiences and are happy to share them with you and we hope you will share yours with us.

As you plan your destination we hope to provide you with some valuable information and again ask you to let us know your favorites as well in the comments.  Be sure to check back with us and let us know your thoughts on our suggestions and how you enjoyed these campgrounds!

Travel safe and Wander Often!

Maureen & Robb