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 New features; We have our first farm animals! 25 pigs, 20 chickens and 15 rabbits We have a drilled 340ft well for fresh clean clear water Firewood available for purchase. Farm raised pork, bacon, fresh layed eggs available for purchase speak with Jeremy the on-site farm manager
Campsite area
Tent site
1 site
Up to 4 guests per site
Short walk
No 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 Forest in New York.


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Hipcamper Marianna
Marianna M.
recommends this listing.
May 9th, 2022

Douglas was an awesome host! He was super flexible about our arrival and really friendly and generous. We loved the remote spot where we camped and have already recommended it to friends.

Hipcamper kandi

A great stay, no one else around

Kandi H.
recommends this listing.
November 14th, 2021

great place to be in the woods, and hike the trails.

walking down one of the trails
Hipcamper Christina
Christina D.
recommends this listing.
September 13th, 2021

We had a fabulous time! The property is peaceful and quiet and we enjoyed cooking on the stone fire pit. The property is not accessible unless you have an SUV, and if you are looking for a sign to get off-road tires, this is it. Douglas is a great host, he greeted us upon arrival and shared tips of where to go swimming and also about the pig roast at the local apple orchard. We would love to come back again soon!

Hipcamper stevie

Unfussy + secluded

Stevie M.
recommends this listing.
August 9th, 2021

Captain Doug was a treat. He met us at the entrance to his property and swiftly led us to our campsite. The woods really are just THE WOODS, so bring yer bug spray! (and literally anything else you can bring to deter them skeeters because they're pretty bad). Otherwise though, it was exactly what we hoped for: secluded, unfussy, close enough to hikes and other outdoor activities, convenient, simple, nature, with the added benefit of a porta-potty. Can't go wrong....Coyotes abound!

Hipcamper Cynthia
Cynthia M.
recommends this listing.
July 7th, 2021

Douglas was able to accommodate us last minute and welcomed us upon arrival. He sent us a lot of information about where we can hike and nearby activities. Private site surrounded by trees- site had a fire pit and a platform. Happy with our first camping experience! Thank you Douglas!

Hipcamper Elliot

Rifton hidden gem!

Elliot V.
recommends this listing.
June 6th, 2021

A treasure! Our secluded site and the vast property, left us wanting nothing more. We spent our stay exploring the trails, enjoying the solitude and peace of the land.

Our host also set the tone for our retreat. Not only was Douglas incredibly responsive with all correspondence leading up to our visit, he couldn't have been more amicable upon our arrival. He gave us the pick of two camp spots, left us with (5)gal of well water and made sure to let us know that the canoe by the lake was free for us to use, at our leisure. His help loading into our site was also appreciated (his all terrain jeep carried all our gear in), but even more so, as a rain shower synced up with our arrival time. The hosts spirit might be summed up with this brief anecdote: When we got around to exploring the lake, Douglas happened to be on the water in his kayak. He paddled over just to ask us how our night was. He pointed out the wildlife we might see along the banks then helped us get the boat in the water, took a picture of us in the canoe and sent it to us as a keepsake.

The owners generous spirit and the wild and varied terrain on his 120 acre property left us ready for another visit.

Hipcamper Froilan

Happy camper

Froilan P.
recommends this listing.
May 2nd, 2021

Stayed there from Friday until Sunday morning. Angela was an incredible host. She met us at the entrance to the property to show us the way and even have us a ride to the site. She and Doug could not have been nicer and were happy to help us find activities to enjoy during our stay. Would absolutely recommend.

Hipcamper Douglas
Response from Douglas , the Host, on May 5th, 2021

Thank yu for coming, Angela remarked what nice people yu are, and I’m glad yu had a nice canoe ride on Sturgeon Pool, she and I enjoy paddling there very much ourselves occasionally. I hope yu will visit us again. :)

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Hipcamper Kris

Ready for round 2, let’s go back!

Kris B.
recommends this listing.
October 27th, 2020

Doug’s property was utterly magical! Every site was private, clean and well cared for. From the moment we drove up in pitch black of night to the moment we drove away, we were graciously greeted and treated with compassionate guidance. Doug and his assistant, Jason, were more than helpful, safe, and informative. If you are looking for a peaceful retreat, look no further! Jason has a wealth of knowledge about the land and community and is passionate about sharing this with the guests. We cannot wait to go back!

Hipcamper Daniel

Great campsite for catskills hikes

Daniel M.
recommends this listing.
October 26th, 2020

Douglas’s land offers a perfect spot to set up camp and using as starting point for any Catskill hike. He met us when we arrived and showed us to our site. The land was flat and not rocky which made it easy to pitch the tent. There was a fire pit and a jug of water at our site. It was generally quiet although sometimes we heard noises from the neighboring site which we didn’t mind. Douglas texted us throughout our stay and provided us with directions / instructions on what to do nearby which was a nice touch. If you want to bring your car right to the campsite just make sure that you have a jeep/SUV.

Overall, we really enjoyed our stay and hope to be back.

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Emerald Forest
New York
United States
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