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“Great park for camping!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Higley Flow State Park

Higley Flow State Park
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Colton
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Watertown, New York
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38 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Great park for camping!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2012

We stayed here over Labor Day weekend. It's a scenic park with all the amenities needed for camping. There is a nice beech. The park is full of beautiful trees which make it peaceful, private and quiet. The canoeing was wonderful. I would highly recommend and we will return again!

Visited September 2012
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Massena, New York
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206 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
“Lifetime of memories”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2012

I have camped here my entire life. It's a paradise close to home. Tall pine trees separate every site so there's lots of privacy. Its a premier camping spot in the adirondacks. There's a beach, boat launch, hiking trails, nature center, state park police for security, and of course fishing on the racquette river.

Visited August 2012
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Saratoga Springs, New York, United States
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88 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Little Known Gem of a Park”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2012

We discovered this park when looking for a place to camp in the northern Adirondacks that offers walking and kayaking opportunities. It is a gem, with a wonderful campground featuring secluded sites (some with electic hook-ups), a beach, beautiful trails, and lots of places to kayak. The park is located on a reservoir (or flow) of the Raquette River and a few of the campsites are right on the water, although we preferred ones away from the waterfront that offer a little more privacy. The park draws many families, but even on a Friday night in July the campground was not full. We particularly enjoyed the Beaver Pond Trail, a 1-mile loop through a variety of habitats, and kayaking on Blake Reservoir's south end, where we saw a bald eagle and numerous waterfowl. Be sure to check out the "Black Lagoon," a small cove across from the boat launch that is rumored to have a resident "monster" and where people have placed spooky decorations such as gravestones, skeletons, etc. Only small boats can get in there. We went in broad daylight, but it could be an interesting twilight paddle!

Just a short way north on Rt. 56 is Sunday Rock, which legend says used to mark the boundary between the civilized St. Lawrence Valley to the north and the wild "Great South Woods" of the Adirondacks. South of this rock, there was said to be no Sunday.

Be sure to bring your groceries as there is only one small store in nearby South Colton. Otherwise, you have to drive 20 miles or so to Canton or Potsdam. The one drawback we encountered was some relatively loud music on Friday evening that may have been coming from outside the park. But it was not a major problem.

Visited July 2012
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Prescott, Canada
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Great Park!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2012

This is a great park! Clean beaches (one that allows dogs, one that doesn't), large sites, clean facilities and lots of paved roads for biking. If you're really feeling active, there are plenty of cross-country running trails as well! We'd highly recommend this park - and we've done our share of camping!

Visited July 2012
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3 Thank Becki M
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Oswego, New York
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176 reviews
74 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“One of our favorite State Parks”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2012

Higley Flow State Park has been one of our favorite parks ever since we "discovered" it many years ago. Set in the quiet little town of Colton, NY, it's away from the hustle and bustle of a tourist town. We love the quiet atmosphere and the pine tree covered sites. Kayacking on the resovoir is interesting and fun. The park is great for riding bikes, with moderate hills to get your heart pumping! The beach is clean and pleasant.

Visited July 2012
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