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**IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR WINTER CAMPERS: If there is enough snow to make the camp road impassable by car, park at our house driveway where a cleared path will allow you to access the camp on foot, with toboggan/sled for your gear, about 150 yards away.**

Camp on the Esopus Creek in the Big Indian-Oliverea Valley surrounded by seven 3500' Catskill High Peaks

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**IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR WINTER CAMPERS: If there is enough snow to make the camp road impassable by car, park at our house driveway where a cleared path will allow you to access the camp on foot, with toboggan/sled for your gear, about 150 yards away.**

Camp on the Esopus Creek in the Big Indian-Oliverea Valley surrounded by seven 3500' Catskill High Peaks including Slide Mountain, the tallest in the Catskills.

Our PRIVATE camp (no other campers) is situated on 100 acres of land in the middle of the Catskill State Park. We are the closest HipCamp site to Slide Mountain, the Catskills tallest peak at 4180 feet. A perfect base camp for some of the best hiking in the Catskills, the site is bordered by Forever Wild Forest and is minutes from the trailheads to Balsam, Giant Ledge, Panther, Big Indian, Slide Mountain and dozens more peaks within 30 minutes or so away.

You can walk to a swimming hole on a winding path through a wildflower meadow blazed with rock cairns along a half mile of private waterfront.   Try your luck at catching some wild Brook Trout on the world famous Esopus Creek!

Our drive up camp has several tent sites with individual fire rings, as well as a bunkhouse and a leanto for day use.. Camp table and cook pit are covered from the elements.

Open WiFi is available at the Campkeeper home a short woods walk away. Seasoned bundled 16" firewood is available by honor box cash payment a few doors up on Brown rd adjacent to the camp entry road.

Rules:

'Almost' anything goes.  Learn about 'pack-in pack-out/leave no trace camping' and the 'leave nothing but footprints, take nothing but pictures' motto.  Due to local laws, no music or noise louder than 60 decibels is allowed which is about as loud as conversation with 20 people in a restaurant, an office of 20 people speaking or being on the phone, background music typically heard in restaurants and public spaces, an air conditioning unit at 100 feet.  Our site is to be best enjoyed for the sounds that do exist naturally, the many birds singing their song, the babbling Esopus Creek, the rustling leaves on the trees.   Ask questions, I will always answer anything about camping and am thrilled to share my knowledge.

Extras:

-I have several tents available including a large 5 person Eureka! Copper Canyon tent for $15.00, and 4 two person backpacking tents (Eureka! Timberline, Eureka! Prism, 2 Gazelle tents, and Moss Starlet tent) for $10.00 each.

-I have 4 comfortable 2" thick Therm-a-rest Camprest foam and air mattresses for $8.00 each.

Campsite area
Tent site
1 site
Up to 14 guests per site
Up to 7 vehicles
Wheelchair access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Wifi available
Bins available
Have a question? Send pierre a message!
  • Check in: After 12PM
  • Check out: Before 11AM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out

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Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Biking

Ride up and down the mountain roads and check out the many hollows these mountains offer.

Fishing

The Esopus Creek is world famous for it's trout fishing. Bring your fly rod and give it a go. Be aware that wild brookies are...Read more

Hiking

Our camp is situated on 100 acres of land in the middle of the Catskill State Park surrounded by many 3500' Highpeaks. Site is ...Read more

Swimming

We have swimming holes that are nice and refreshing for those hot sweaty days!

Wildlife watching

If you're lucky you'll get to spot our local Bald Eagle who flies up and down the creek almost every day. If not, there is so ...Read more

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Upper Esopus Creekside Camp in New York.

Forest

We are surrounded by NY State Forever Wild Forest, the vast majority of the Catskill State Park.

Mountainous

Our camp is on the Esopus Creek in the Big Indian-Oliverea Valley surrounded by 7 Catskill High-Peaks including Slide Mountain,...Read more

Field

Plenty of open play space is available to toss a frisbee or just enjoy the open space to star gaze.

River, stream, or creek

We have a 1/2 mile of private creekside frontage for you to enjoy, You can walk along a rock cairn blazed trail to one of the ...Read more

Swimming hole

We actually have two swimming holes that are about chest deep. One is downstream from the camp a few hundred yards along a wil...Read more

Driveway

Rustic rd, a private gravel road enters from the town road, Brown road, and meanders past our house, through a meadow and to th...Read more

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Hipcamper Paige
Paige M.
recommends this listing.
November 7th, 2022

Super awesome site for a large group -- well designed. Our hosts were super laid back and welcoming. I plan on booking again!

Hipcamper pierre
Response from pierre, the Host, on November 9th, 2022

Glad to meet you and your friends Paige! Thanks for the kind words. :-)

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Hipcamper David
David K.
recommends this listing.
October 24th, 2022

Pierre's camp is in a stunning location and has all the basics you need for a group camping trip: fire pit w/ grill, covered eating area, small kitchen workstation and a short ways up the road, a freshwater spring. Will definitely stay here again should the opportunity arise.

Hipcamper pierre
Response from pierre, the Host, on October 25th, 2022

Thanks for the kind words David! Hope to see you again! :-)

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Hipcamper Rueben
Rueben P.
recommends this listing.
October 17th, 2022

Awesome camp site. Private and sweet!

Hipcamper pierre
Response from pierre, the Host, on October 23rd, 2022

Was great to see you guys again! Glad the weather cooperated this time... 'til the next time!

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Hipcamper Liz

The perfect riverside camp site

Liz F.
recommends this listing.
October 10th, 2022

A perfect camp site. Pierre was a wonderful and welcoming host. The site is riverside, secluded, and in an amazing location close to hiking and other activities.

Highly recommend!

Hipcamper pierre
Response from pierre, the Host, on October 13th, 2022

Thanks Liz, hope to see you again next summer! Maybe some nice warm weather and some dipping in the creek? ;-)

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Hipcamper Samantha
Samantha S.
recommends this listing.
October 9th, 2022

Wonderful property and host! Pierre was very helpful directing us to an amazing hike in the area and renting a few extra tents and sleeping mats.

Hipcamper pierre
Response from pierre, the Host, on October 11th, 2022

Thank so much Sam, hope to see you again!

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Hipcamper leslie

Amazing view

Leslie P.
recommends this listing.
September 24th, 2022

I have nothing but great things to say about this campsite.
So much space, privacy and amazing view.
Pierre was so nice, funny and helpful.
We are coming back for sure.
Thank you

Hipcamper pierre
Response from pierre, the Host, on September 27th, 2022

Thanks Leslie! See you again next summer (or sooner? :) )

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Hipcamper Lilly

Great host, clean & neat campsite

Lilly K.
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September 8th, 2022

Only good things to say about Pierre who is a kind host and went above and beyond for us first-time campers! Speaking of which, the campsite is great for beginners who also don't want to "glamp" too much - it's the best of both worlds: there are multiple tent sites to choose from (nobody else is there so you can pick any one) - whether you want to set up on the ground or on a tent platform. Also multiple campfire rings with grates to choose from. The campsite is maintained really well - neat and clean. There's also a garbage can provided. The only negative were all the daddy-long-leg type spiders who really really wanted a taste of our shish-kebabs! It could be due to the weather or time of year, but my advice is cook before sundown and don't bring any open bags (or store those in the car). Bags with zippers help keep the spiders out of them. In addition to the campsite, there's a lot of hiking nearby (hint: look up the word "activity" nearby in Google Maps to find a lot of trails), and Susan's Pleasant Pheasant Farm (~30 min away) which has amazing kayaking (hiking too). You can drive your car right up to the campsite, so there's no problem carrying your things from the car.

Two of the campfire options: large bonfire pit or smaller cookpit. You can also see our car in the background on the left - you can drive right up to the campsite, which is extremely convenientCan set up the tent in one of the multiple small clearings on the groundOr you can set up your tent on the platform (pro: less wet ground, less tracking dirt in, less bugs; con: can't stake it down like you can on the ground, so tent is more prone to wind)
Hipcamper pierre
Response from pierre, the Host, on September 9th, 2022

Thanks for the kind word Lilly! Those daddy long legs are nothing! It's the Lions and Tigers and Bears - Oh My! that you need to worry about! ;-) Glad you enjoyed the experience and hope to see you again soon!

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Hipcamper Orin

Best camping!

Orin B.
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August 29th, 2022

Pierre's property is by far the best camping west of the Hudson. Or east. Or north or south! My wife and I spent a wonderful weekend next to the Esopus river on the spacious yet private location in Big Indian. This was our second trip up and we will surely be back! Book early!

Hipcamper pierre
Response from pierre, the Host, on August 31st, 2022

Great to see you guys again Orin. Already looking forward to seeing you again! :-)

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Hipcamper Adam
Adam S.
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August 24th, 2022

This is an exceptional site. The photos don't really capture how lovely the landscape is and how pleasant the camp site. Pierre is an excellent and kind host. We had a wonderful time, in fact we traveled through so quickly we regretted not getting to stay longer - so will be bookmarking this one for next time we're through the area.

Hipcamper pierre
Response from pierre, the Host, on August 24th, 2022

Thanks for the kind words Adam, see you next time. :-)

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Property
Upper Esopus Creekside Camp
State
New York
Country
United States
$130/night
1 Site

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