Hipcamp host Douglas  T.,
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Enjoy the the trails of our beautiful 120 acre property in Rifton, NY. 7 minutes north of Exit 18 New Paltz from 87 North With room for 2-4 people, occasionally a couple extra, and with space to accommodate 2 tents. I can provide yu with a seven gallon water jug. Wild camping at its best, the forest kept to its most natural state with fewest impositions of humankind. Featur
Enjoy the the trails of our beautiful 120 acre property in Rifton, NY. 7 minutes north of Exit 18 New Paltz from 87 North With room for 2-4 people, occasionally a couple extra, and with space to accommodate 2 tents. I can provide yu with a seven gallon water jug. Wild camping at its best, the forest kept to its most natural state with fewest impositions of humankind. Features a large stone fire-pit for yu to cook over and enjoy. Bicycle campers welcome. Also accessible by Jeep, or other lifted 4WD. Passenger cars can park within 12-15 minute walk to the parking area. By Rail: Metro North to Poughkeepsie bicycle along the Rail Trail bike path to Lowe’s , then ride north on North Eltings Corners rd. to the Rifton Emerald Forest. There is a lot to do nearby; Stoney Kill Falls is a beautiful waterfall hike. Peekamouse Falls is further for a swim Mohonk Mountain hiking/biking trails are nearby Rhinebeck Aerodrome features classic aeroplanes from the early 1900's Rosendale Cafe has an outdoor garden open, also has take out. Joppenburgh Mountain in Rosendale has a beautiful scenic hike overlooking the town, and the Rondout Creek, which is swimmable. The Rail Trail bike path features ‘air conditioning‘ vents from the rocks occasionally along the trail. Shaupeneake Ridge is a lovely nearby hiking park with a view of the Hudson River. Lou's Boat Basin in the Rondout Creek has kayak's for rent, and Tours available, and the nearby Kingston waterfront has many attractions and street cafes. Walking, hiking and mountain biking on the trails our hidden forrest are very nice, and very private. Seasonal patches of wild raspberries, a deep ravine, a stream, and a long pond’, teaming with wildlife and birds. Seasonal canoeing, or ice fishing on the pond are possible. Electric Bikes/ATV's are welcome. Seasonal snowshoeing and xcountry skiing. Occasionally we can be reserved for a Jeep tour, or a Fliming, a wedding, or your special event. There are many animals; Turkey, Woodpecker, Geese, Ducks, Turtles, Beaver, Muskrat, Coyote, fox, Rarely a Bear. There is an abundance of deer. You will be lucky to see any of them as they are all very shy, and if you make any noise they will vanish. But you will hear them, whistling and calling to each other. We are open year round. Remember yr bug spray! Dress properly for the outdoors: long sleeves, long trousers, brim hat, sox and hiking boots. Bring a rain repellent hoodie. Check for ticks at the end of each day Bring a headlamp for nighttime Use of the canoe is free Sometimes I have firewood available for purchase, it’s good to bring some of yr own. There’s plenty sticks to collect in the forest to supplement Respectful procedures; - [ ] Always Leave No Trace! please anything yu bring in (including garbage), remember to bring out, thank you ( yu can burn paper in the fire) - [ ] Bring double heavy duty garbage bags for yr final clean out to remove all garbage - [ ] Poop bags go in yr garbage - [ ] Clean up after yr pet :) - [ ] Wear bug spray, yu will be more comfortable. Skin so Soft has been known to repel bugs when worn by some ppl. - [ ] A head bug net can be useful. - [ ] In the forest, dress properly: - [ ] Hat with all around brim. Long sleeve shirt. Long trousers. Boots with sox. Neck kerchief doubles as a social distancing mask if desired - [ ] pond for fishing and wading and canoe only. please go carefully. - [ ] Please respect wild animals and birds. Keep food out of your tent so as not to attract any four legged or winged visitors into the tent, particularly at night while you may be asleep. - [ ] No trespassing to neighbors property
Campsite area
Bring your own tents
1 site
Up to 4 guests per site
Moderate walk
Wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Kitchen available
No showers
No picnic table
No wifi
Pack it out
Laundry absent
Have a question? Send Douglas a message!
  • Check in: After 3PM
  • Check out: Before 11AM
  • Cancellation policy: Strict
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 2 nights
  • Accepts bookings: 3 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 30% off


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Off-roading (OHV)
Snow sports
Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at Emerald Bath in New York.


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Hipcamper Kyle
Kyle H.
recommends this listing.
October 11th, 2021

We had a great time at Douglas’ campsite! Walking trails and the ability to take a 4WD vehicle to the campsite were huge bonuses. Highly recommend! P.S great cell service at the campsite

Hipcamper Christopher


Christopher C.
recommends this listing.
September 27th, 2021

Douglas was a great host, and the site was exactly what I was looking for. It was the first time taking my 6 year old son off-road camping, and this spot was perfect. We didn't actually stay at Emerald Bath - when we got there (well past dark), Douglas told us we would be the only ones on the property and we could have our pick of locations. He led us to one, and let us choose whether to stay there, move on to another, or even spend the night at one and move the next day to the other. The one he brought us to off the bat was great, so we stayed there the whole weekend. He provided maps of the area and recommended a spot off-property to go kayaking. We will keep this on our short list of places to camp! (Just be sure to bring bug spray and citronella candles. The spray keeps the mosquitoes from biting, but they still hover nearby and can be annoying. The candles kept them away.)

Hipcamper Robert

Good location for a quick outing.

Robert L.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
August 15th, 2021

Very secluded site with good access to New Paltz and the surrounding area. The site we stayed at was very far into the site and is very secluded. The only small detriment was that you could faintly hear the sound from the thruway in the distance.

Hipcamper Nicholas

Nice, but not street bike friendly

Nicholas C.
recommends this listing.
August 1st, 2021

Great host in a nice wooded setting. It was very rocky and one section of stream crossing was difficult with our Honda Monkey bikes. Bugs were bad, but you’ll get that this time of year in any moist wooded setting. There was some road noise from the NYS Thruway in the distance, more so after dark with increased trucks on the road. Probably not the best stay for what we needed with our Monkey bikes …. But that should not be a deterrent for anyone else wanting a wooded stay like this. Outhouse was a good long hike back towards the entrance … so if you had to go bad, you may not make it in time!

Emerald BathCampsite areaOur Honda Monkey bikes & gear
Hipcamper Sean
Sean S.
recommends this listing.
June 15th, 2021

Douglas was a great host! Met us at the entrance, gave the kids feathers, and brought us into the campsite. Was a decent drive in which was great for us, as you feel very secluded and away from it all. He had firewood available and brought potable water. The site itself was awesome. Fire pit and seating around, and nice flat rocks for putting things on. This was a great stay and we will surely be back again. Thanks for everything Douglas!

Hipcamper Douglas
Response from Douglas , the Host, on June 30th, 2021

Thank yu Sean, it was a pleasure meeting yu and yr group were a delight to host, and I look forward to seeing yu again :)

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Douglas T.’s Land
New York
United States
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