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Let the NYC stress go at Beaver Pond Campground, where you’ll find scenic views of the lake, plenty of rugged outdoors to soak up, and that coveted...
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Harriman/Bear Mountain is one of my favorite spots, thought I am biased because it's also super local to me. The park is huge, though, and there are so many different trails and sections to explore, including a few historical spots. Check out www.nynjtc.org for more info on this park and the trail/camping provided.
we went here on an off peak - week night. it was great, the lake was really nice to swim in. the roads were great to enjoy our motorcycles. the camp site we chose was on a raised platform which was a first for me. I've read to avoid weekends as it gets crowed.
Beware the strict no alcohol policy here - and prepare for a car search!!
Best mid week. Weekends you can expect huge NYC family groups. Generators, radios crying kids etc prevail. Beaver Pond is great for its proximity to NY, but it can be its downfall as well.
Have gone numerous times. Take NJ transit out of Penn Station to Tuxedo Park NY (you'll change trains at Secacus). The train ride lastsabout an hour. At Tuxedo walk to the north end of the platform, make a right onto East Village Road and follow it under the Thruway. At the fork turn left onto Grove St., walk about 100 yards and you enter the park. You can take the Ramapo Dunderberg trail (red/white circle blaze) straight up the hill, or Kakiak trail to your right (white blaze). Bring a trail map (or download one). Camp in or near shelters. Bring a water filter if overnighting. Carry water otherwise. Water is not easy to find (again bring a map). Hang food in a bear bag. I had to talk a bear out of walking up to a shelter area October 2015.
I love Harriman State Park but not this particular campground. The sites are all extremely close to each other and you'll definitely have large groups nearby with loud radios and making tons of noise throughout the night. If you're just doing a day hike in the area then Harriman is perfect with plenty of great trails sights to see.
It's probably awesome when it's not crowded, but our neighbors played music and were being loud with way more people in their group than the rules allow for. I wanted to show my boys the quiet of nature but it's quieter to fall asleep at home.
Facilities were nicely kept, lake was lovely. Store well stocked. What kept it from being great was a lackluster enforcement of rules.