Waterville is a village that lies between two of the most iconic natural landscapes in New York: the sprawling, rocky Adirondack Mountains, and the unique Finger Lakes region. It is this ideal location to both areas that makes it a hotspot among campers, who choose to visit when they are looking for amazing natural views and an abundance of outdoor activities. Even better are the number of state parks and forests that surround the village, which are an excellent starting point when exploring the area. One of the best to visit is the Charles E Baker State Forest, which is great for light hikes. If you want to get your heart racing, head to Ferris Lake Wild Forest to hike through the wilderness, and for lakeside views, stop by the shores of Oneida Lake.