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Golden Hill State Park

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Golden Hill State Park was acquired by New York State in 1962. The Thirty Mile Lighthouse, decommissioned by the U.S. Coast Guard in 1958, is part of the park and is available for rental year-round. This landmark has a rich history which can be enjoyed by visitors of the park, through the Friends of Thirty Mile Point Lighthouse. The lighthouse originally provided keepers and assistant keepers family quarters. Golden Hill State Park offers camping, fishing, boating, shoreline hiking, picnicking, nature walks and walking tours of the lighthouse site. Summer events at the park are numerous. Winter activities are also available, including snowshoeing and five miles of snowmobile trails that run through the park.

At the Lighthouse Cottage, renters are provided with a private picnic area with a barbecue grill and picnic table. This vacation rental offers a private entrance, kitchen with refrigerator, electric stove, microwave, coffee maker, cooking utensils, silverware and dishes, living room with electric fireplace, couch, two chairs and a writing desk, full bath with an old fashioned bathtub, three bedrooms with queen size beds and pillows and a view of Lake Ontario that is stunning. Please bring your own linens and bath towels.

New! Yurts are now available for reservations
Yurts are wood lattice framed structures with heavy duty re-enforced fabric sides and insulated liners. They have windows, a domed roof and wood floors. State Park yurts include six cots and mattresses as well as a refrigerator and a microwave. Visit Reserve America to book your stay.

Household pets only; caged or on a leash not more than 6 feet. Not allowed in buildings or on improved walkways and boardwalks. For campers, if your site allows pets, there is a two-pet maximum.

Hours of Operation

  • Open year round.
  • 2016 Camping Season: 4/29 - 10/15; Lighthouse Cottage (sleeps 6) available year round

    Campsite Office: (716) 795-3885
  • Historic 30 Mile Point Lighthouse: May 14 - October 14
    Tour the lighthouse & climb the tower, weather permitting, then stroll over to the visitor's center and enjoy the maritime displays featured here.

    The lighthouse is open for guided tours Wed. - Sun. from 9 am - 5:30 pm and Mon. & Tues., 2 - 4 pm.
  • Boat Launch: 5/1 - 10/1, conditions permitting.
    Automated paystation, 24 hours/daily
  • Cross-Country Skiing & snowmobiling: Available in season.
  • Gift shop: Open year round.
  • Hiking: Available year round.
  • Hunting for small game and waterfowl are permitted during season.
  • Picnic shelter & tent rentals available from April to mid-October by permit 
  • Waterfowl Hunting and Small Game Hunting: TBD, refer to DEC guidelines.

Fees & Rates

Most New York State Parks charge a vehicle use fee to enter the facility. Fees vary by location and season. A list of entry fees and other park use fees is available below. For fees not listed or to verify information, please contact the park directly.

Your key to all season enjoyment of state parks is our season's pass. For $65, the Empire Passport provides you unlimited day use vehicle entry into most of our parks. Apply on-line or call your favorite park for more information.

  • Boat Launch
  • $6/launch
    *Collected via automated pay kiosk
  • Campsite
  • $15-$31/night

    *Additional $5/night for non-NYS residents
  • Lighthouse
  • Non-Peak: $200/night-$800/week.
    Peak season: $200/night-$1250/week.
  • Lighthouse Guided Tours
  • $1 Adult
    $.50 Children
  • Picnic Shelter
  • $35.
  • Tent Rental
  • $35.
  • Vehicle Entrance Fee
  • Cars $6
    Non-Profit Buses $35
    Commercial Buses $75

    Fees Collected: 5/6-10/16
    Weekdays: 8am-4:30pm
    Weekends & Holidays: 8am-4:30pm
  • Yurts
  • $77.50 per day (New York State Residents)
    $83.75 per day (Out-of-State Residents)
    $310 per week

Maps

Digital Maps

New! Download this park's digital map to your iOS Apple and Android device.

Firewood source maps show a 50-mile radius from which untreated firewood may be moved to this campground. For more information see firewood restrictions.

Sun 09 Oct
Christmas at the Lighthouse
Sunday, October 9, 2016
Golden Hill State Park
(716) 795-3885

Chicken BBQ, basket raffle and Tours of the Lighthouse will be available.

For more information, please call the Campground Office at (716)795-3885. Leave a message and we will return your call.

Sun 09 Oct
Christmas at the Lighthouse
Sunday, October 9, 2016 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Golden Hill State Park
(716) 795-3885

This annual event sponsored by Friends of Thirty Mile Point Lighthouse will include lighthouse tours, bake sale, basket auction, souvenirs for sale, and a state park display and craft. Food will be available including a chicken barbeque. Admission to park and lighthouse is FREE. Donations to the Friends Group are gratefully accepted.

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While You're Here Extend your stay with the park’s fun lodging options: Sleep in a beautiful lighthouse or in a yurt!

Amenities, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • Boat Launches
  • Camper Assistance Program
  • Camper Recreation
  • Campsites
  • Cottages
  • Dumping Stations
  • Nature Trails
  • Pavilions (Accessible)
  • Picnic Tables
  • Playgrounds
  • Playing Fields
  • Powerboats
  • Showers (Accessible)
  • Tent/Trailer Sites
  • Activities
  • Biking
  • Disc Golf * Will open in late summer
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Snowmobiling
  • Snowshoeing Trails
  • X-Country Skiing