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Steuben County, N.Y., and the southern Finger Lakes region in particular have become a haven for campers, with more options than ever before, the Evening Tribune reported. A total of 17 public and private campgrounds located in Steuben County are advertised by Corning and the Southern Finger Lakes, the county’s visitors bureau.

“One of the big reasons is the landscape itself. We have such a gorgeous region with rolling hills, forests and access to water. It’s a great variety,” said Dave DeGolyer, communications director for Corning and the Southern Finger Lakes.

Camping trips can be centered around a number of outdoor recreational activities ranging from biking, boating, hiking, fishing, visiting historic sites, hunting and off-roading, among others.

The county visitors bureau’s sales pitch beckons,“Bring the family to beautiful Finger Lakes Wine Country and relax in the outdoor wilderness along the shores of Keuka Lake. Set up camp in one of the rustic waterfront cabins, hook up your RV at Camp Bell Campground or bring the kids and pitch a tent at Stony Brook State Park.

“The Finger Lakes region offers outdoor adventure for the whole family,” the pitch continues. “Get ready to hike the Finger Lakes Trail or catch trophy bass while fishing in Keuka Lake. Spend your days enjoying the world-class Finger Lakes wineries or discovering Tiffany glass, and your nights camping in Corning under the stars that twinkle high above Finger Lakes Wine Country.”

“There’s a lot of other options that come with camping that give people the chance to be immersed in the outdoors,” DeGolyer said.

The visitors bureau is currently targeting people within a five-hour driving range, which includes New York City, Philadelphia, Scranton, Pittsburgh, Cleveland and in-state cities like Syracuse, Rochester and Buffalo.

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