Catskill State Park

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About Catskill State Park

Enveloping the Empire State’s expansive Catskill Mountains, New York’s appropriately named State Park, Catskill State Park is a sixty-thousand acre oasis of pristine wilderness. Here, you’ll be able to snake through the area’s thirty-three hiking trails with ease; they're also well-landscaped for mountain biking. Should you not be the boot-lacing type, take-up a rod and reel. Catskill State Park is teeming with impeccable trout fishing fed by the park’s publicly accessible hatchery. Aside from the angling outlets at Catskill State Park, you’ll be treated to seasonal sweets like snowmobiling, skiing, and even winding horseback rides through the stream-swept valleys. Catskill State Park is an outdoor wonderland, regardless if you’re “yanky” or “southern belle."

Campgrounds in Catskill

Woodland Valley Campground
Tj
Tj: Sites are semi-private but don't expect complete seclusion. Site staff is very friendly and...
North/South Lake Campground
Elena
Elena: One of my favorite campgrounds in the area. Yes, there are 100+ sites but the location is well worth...
Kenneth L. Wilson Campground
Lee Ann
Lee Ann: Nice, clean campground in a great location! We went into the cute town of Phoenicia, to Kaaterskill...
Devil's Tombstone Campground
Elena
Elena: Bare bones campground with only basic amenities, but a great location for rock climbing or hiking...
Little Pond Campground
Mark
Mark: A beautiful campground with good amenities and great views. The hike to Touch-Me-Not mountain boasts a...
Bear Spring Mountain Campground
Jenna
Jenna: What a great gem hidden away. Plenty of hiking trails, a nice pond for fishing or boating. The trails...
Beaverkill Campground
Whitney
Whitney: This is a great campsite for weekend campers! The staff is very friendly, the facilities are clean,...
Mongaup Pond Campground
Kacy
Kacy: This is such a great spot. It's very family oriented, the campsites are maybe 20-30 feet apart, but it...

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Hipcamper LeeAnn

Nice, clean campground in a great location! We went into the cute town of Phoenicia, to Kaaterskill Falls (about 45 min drive) and to Hunter mountain to zip line! Only downfall is a TON of poison ivy so if you're allergic I'd be careful staying here.

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Hipcamper TJ

Sites are semi-private but don't expect complete seclusion. Site staff is very friendly and informative. Firewood is a bit expensive, but it's hardwood and burns well. 4 miles from Phoenicia & the Esopus, great for river tubing, trout fishing, and antiquing.

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Hipcamper Mario

Didn't realize how close the campsites were to one another. Wasn't too bug of an issue though, everyone quieted down after 10pm .
Car parking right next to site, so you can bring as much stuff as you want. Rangers very nice and helpful, but very strict on the no food outside of your car policy. Each campsite has a picnic table, fire pit, and there is a bathroom in the campgrounds.

The campground is at the foot of the several trails. We hiked up to Giants Ledge, for a shorter day hike.

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Hipcamper ELENA

Great campground in the heart of the Catskills (no showers though).
Several hiking options right out of the campsite (including 14mi Cornell/Wittenberg/Slide loop, or the more tame Giant Ledge (~3mi) which is a great spot for sunsets / sunrises). Also a short driving distance from the town of Phoenicia in case you want to pop out for dinner or some local nightlife.

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Hipcamper Mark

A beautiful campground with good amenities and great views. The hike to Touch-Me-Not mountain boasts a great view of the valley!

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Hipcamper Kacy

This is such a great spot. It's very family oriented, the campsites are maybe 20-30 feet apart, but it has beautiful spots right on the water. Pop your kayak in right from your campsite. Clean showers and bathrooms, nice staff. Def going back!

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Hipcamper Whitney

This is a great campsite for weekend campers! The staff is very friendly, the facilities are clean, the wilderness is on point... However, you are VERY close to your fellow campers. Very little privacy. Not a deal breaker as it's still so beautiful

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Hipcamper Whitney

FYI - You will not have reception during your stay. Plan ahead.

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Hipcamper Martin

Crown Jewel of the Catskills.
Try to book a waterfront site - you get a million dollar view for $30/night...

Hipcamper Jenna

What a great gem hidden away. Plenty of hiking trails, a nice pond for fishing or boating. The trails are amazing and hardly used. Sites are clean and far enough apart that you're not right on top of each other. The bathrooms are clean and the showers are hot. There is even a sink outside for washing your dishes.

The ranger Seth was super cool. He gave me tips about trails and was really helpful. He was soaking wet because he was caught in the rain helping two girls make a fire and set up the tarp he loaned them.

I was one of two sites reserved so it was like I had the place to myself.

Hipcamper Dennis

Really nice camp spots. Your neighbors can be a bit close but every spot had a grill. Bring a grill top to cook smaller food items.

Hipcamper ELENA

Bare bones campground with only basic amenities, but a great location for rock climbing or hiking sections of Devil's Path (one of the most rugged and strenuous/steep trails in the area).

Hipcamper ELENA

One of my favorite campgrounds in the area. Yes, there are 100+ sites but the location is well worth it, as are the hot showers. Pick loop 7 to be further away from the crowds. I try to camp here every year during fall foliage, and the colors are just fantastic. Not to mention the number of hikes one can do directly from the campground.

The towns of Hunter and Tannersville are close by for some fine dining and non-hiking entertainment. You can also take a ski lift to the top of Hunter Mountain or try their zipline. Opus 40 is another neat nearby attraction, as is the Hudson River School of Art Trail. Landscapes painted by Thomas Cole were inspired by locations right around the corner from the campground.

Hipcamper Ben

Sites are clean and while not exactly private, everyone near us was nice enough so it wasn't an issue. Close to a bunch of trail heads.

Park staff was super friendly and helpful. You can buy cheaper firewood and kindling in a store on the main drag in Phoenicia.

We camped alongside a shallow stream that runs through the site (site 18) which led to a buggy situation. Would definitely come back, but not to the same site.

Hipcamper Shannon

Beautiful site and not too far from the city!

Camped here in the middle of the week. The grounds were very quiet and most spots had a lot of privacy. We hiked to Wittenberg - a ~4 mile trail each way with a beautiful view of the Catskills at the top. The hike is well worth it, especially considering the trail head is at the campground, but is med-adv as far as difficulty goes. The second half has some scrambling. This is bear country so they are very serious about their food policy. Dish washing areas are open 24 hours, though.

The local town of Phoenicia is adorable - lots of restaurants and a grocery store. Phoenicia Diner is a good stop for a fancy breakfast if you pass by it on your way in or out.

Highly recommended!

Hipcamper Jennifer

Has a lot of convenient amenities that make it an attractive site for families and casual hikers. If you're looking for a more, deep in the woods secluded camping experience, this would not be the ideal campground.

The sites are right off the campground roads and don't have any seclusion, you can see everyone's tent pretty clearly and your own with the cars parked up to the tents. All the sites are close together but far enough that you have a little bit of privacy. Bathrooms are well kept and super convenient though - there are hot showers and a dish washing station by the recycling and garbage dropoff.

Grill & picnic table is provided, and lots of trails nearby. Phoenicia & Woodstock, which are very close are worth checking out.

Hipcamper Katrina

Check out nearby Phoenicia on your way out for a bite

Hipcamper Whitney

I solo camped here when I got a few days off work last minute. The ranger helped me pick a site that was more private where I was able to set up my hammock and camp and then spend my days exploring the Catskills. Pro-tip: skip the forums and ask the locals for their favorite swimming holes, but keep quiet about them so they stay pristine! Also, don't leave without having breakfast at Phoenicia Diner. You won't regret it!

Hipcamper Richard

Can get very crowded and loud -- but the location and hiking is very scenic.