Hipcamp host Alexander A.
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*** update***

We are happy to announce that happy camp now has a restroom !!! 

Welcome to Happy Camp ! 

Find us on instagram @happycamphappycamp for more photos :) 

Serene campsite surrounded by old growth trees, easily accessible but very private with Sandburg creek running right next to it and also a private pond. The site is on 65 acres of land wit


*** update***

We are happy to announce that happy camp now has a restroom !!! 

Welcome to Happy Camp ! 

Find us on instagram @happycamphappycamp for more photos :) 

Serene campsite surrounded by old growth trees, easily accessible but very private with Sandburg creek running right next to it and also a private pond. The site is on 65 acres of land with a restroom, picnic table, fire pit, Solar pathway lighting and festoon lighting for the picnic table and creek access :) 

Its a 3 minute drive to the hamlet of Mountaindale, @visitmountaindale, which has all your basic needs covered and then some including @highvoltagecatskills, a cafe bar that serves delicious modern Polish American comfort food, great cocktails. There is @baandme, A Vietnamese Restaurant that has great original and vegan pho as well as Vietnamese tacos! . Opening soon is @atthedale a pizza restaurant and bar from the guys at Wayside cider!  For vintage shopping you can also stop by @ambikaboutique and get some hand crochet bikinis or Happy bunny angora winter wear or check out @statelandsupplyco for vintage dry goods, army surplus and antiques.  After that you can get grounded at @witcheryhandmade, a herbal apothecary. Or check out the project space at @aguidetothefield. 

 The community in town is really tight. Everyone is super friendly and approachable. I live in the house on the property which is across the river and down a bit but you can’t see the house from the site. The river runs right by your campsite, but don't feel like you have to stay there, make your self at home. Roam around and don't feel like you have to stay away from the area near the house. To be honest, thats some of the best parts. So enjoy ! 

Sometimes I'm here, sometimes i'm not. If you see me come say hi :) 

This prime location is not only secluded but basks in a full glorious sunrise every morning. The terrain is flat and comfortable for a number of tents with a an area to have a fire. There is fire wood available at my house across the river. Its an honor system, please leave money in the letter box or venmo me @alexander-austin. Its $1 a piece :)  If you have prepaid for your bundle on the app, you can just take 5 pieces and be on your way to happiness. At the Sandburg deli in town you can get Drinks and they do delicious bacon and egg rolls as well. You are surrounded by a lot of wildlife including river otters, deer, bald eagles, turtles, porcupines, gophers, chipmunks, squirels but remember this is still the Catskills so the area also has bears & coyotes that live here. They are not something you need to worry about but just be smart, Don’t leave any food out at night and make sure you hang from a tall tree away from your camp site just like you would in any national park.  The camp is in a valley on a long secluded road, and the closest neighbor is about a 2 miles away. So you really will fell like you are in the middle of nowhere. Bring a rug, and lie out in the shade :)

Can’t wait to have you come stay with us ! We can accommodate up to 10 people comfortably.

*This is a leave no trace campsite. Please carry out what you carry in and leave it clean for the next happy campers. If you bring a water filter you can collect water from the river, or in town there is a deli you can pick up water from.  If you see a white truck in the driveway of my house, that means i'm home. 

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
1 site
Up to 12 guests per site
Short walk
ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Picnic table available
No potable water
No kitchen
No showers
No wifi
Pack it out
Have a question? Send alexander a message!
  • Check in: After 12PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 30% off

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Hipcamper Daniel

Prívate and peaceful

Daniel C.
recommends this listing.
June 17th, 2019

We spent one night with our two dogs here and had a wonderful time. I prefer backcountry camping, but my girlfriend enjoys some "luxuries" and for a quick getaway car camping is sometimes easier. That said, I can't stand loud and crowded campgrounds and HappyCamp was a nice alternative to those. You have the site all to yourself and the sound of the river is very soothing. The only negative for me was that the road is relatively close and although the river drowns out most of the sound you do hear cars occasionally.

Hipcamper Charlie

Perfect serene getaway

Charlie U.
recommends this listing.
July 5th, 2019

Happy Camp was perfect for our little getaway! It was beautifully set up and the surroundings were incredible. Alex was very responsive and helpful which was good for us as we don’t camp much lol. Very accommodating and pretty. Mountaindale is also really cute, amazing restaurants and everyone was really welcoming. Highly recommend high voltage restaurant. I can’t wait to go back and sleep under the stars again. Thank you so much Happy Camp :) !!!

Hipcamper Jessie

Beautiful secluded spot

Jessie J.
recommends this listing.
July 7th, 2019

What a beautiful secluded camp spot. Wish we could have stayed longer. It was spotless, quiet and totally private between a pond and a river. A gorgeous fire pit and sound of the river was delightful. A short ride into town to the up and coming village of Mountaindale with great places to eat. Recommend High Voltage! Would definitely recommend this camp spot to couples and small groups! Thank you Alex!

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Hipcamper Ben

Don't overlook this site!

Ben M.
recommends this listing.
July 15th, 2019

This is THE spot! A charming campsite that is impossible not to love. There is a big wide grassy path that leads to a picnic table under a large tree, solar powered lights strung above the table adds a great touch and a really good vibe. The fire pit is perfect and surrounded by nice big tree stumps. The site is tucked away down a back road of a quiet town and only heard a car or two the entire time we were there. Another big plus is that there is a small pond and a running stream right next to the site but neither create a buggy atmosphere. This was a fantastic stay, highly recommend!

Hipcamper Teeman
Teeman S.
recommends this listing.
July 21st, 2019

Wonderful place
just nature around you
Shops 15 by car or 1h bike ride
insect repellent is useful.
Great time we had !

Hipcamper Kayla

Perfect private getaway!

Kayla C.
recommends this listing.
July 24th, 2019

Alex’s site was great! It was SUPER private, tucked back from the road and no one’s house around but Alex’s down the stream a bit. I’m not a fan of the state parks with campsites stacked on top of each other. On the way there we stopped at a small general store in town just 2 minutes out of the way of the directions, which was perfect. You have to park your car by the road and walk a min to the site, so don’t bring anything that requires an outlet. Great campfire spot with a picnic table and solar lights (good idea because it gets REALLY dark). Awesome spot for a few more tents for friends, too. We found a little hole in the brush where my dog and i could hop into the stream and play around.
We happened to meet Alex on the way out and he was so great. Would definitely come back!!

Hipcamper alexander
Response from alexander, the Host, on July 24th, 2019

Kayla was super nice and it was great running into her as she left as well. So happy to hear you and pups had a good time:) come back anytime!

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Hipcamper Ilona

Super private, lots of life & green

Ilona D.
recommends this listing.
July 28th, 2019

What a lovely space! Between a pond and a creek is happy camp.. A few comforts like a picnic table, a fire pit, and some solar lights (Firewood available as an addon/cash/venmo). And for the rest, just trees, plants and wildlife all around. Saw a crane, porcupines, frogs, many birds, milipedes, insects, butterflies and dragonflies. All in a day. And complete privacy. No other people around. Absolutely recommend. Easy and super quick communication in advance, but zero interaction on site (exactly how I like it). Will come back again soon. Only little negative.. You do hear the sounds of an occasional car coming by.

A huge crane landed a few feet away.. Then slowly started fishing for their lunch. Beautiful So much green..
Hipcamper Eli

Best campground and host

Eli T.
recommends this listing.
August 5th, 2019

We had an amazing experience at this Campground
it is nice and quiet, clean and private.
The host alex helped us out with any issue we had and went ‏above and beyond to make sure we were okay and had everything we needed.
Will deffinetly come back and recomend to others.

Hipcamper Chris
Chris T.
recommends this listing.
August 30th, 2019

It was a beautiful secluded site with the river running next to you. Alex is also a fantastic host, although we only saw him a couple times but out of those times he was very nice and all around enjoyable company.


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