Hipcamp host Joan M.
Hosted by

Our slice of paradise consists of 225 acres of forested land nestled in the foothills of the Catskills near Albany. We are a homestead and developing Eco village devoted to the principles of organic farming and self reliance. Modern agriculture and big business are unsustainable, destroying farmland at a accelerating pace. It is important for us to teach the next generation,

Continue reading...

Our slice of paradise consists of 225 acres of forested land nestled in the foothills of the Catskills near Albany. We are a homestead and developing Eco village devoted to the principles of organic farming and self reliance. Modern agriculture and big business are unsustainable, destroying farmland at a accelerating pace. It is important for us to teach the next generation, there is a alternative. We produce much of our own food. It is a great place to forage many types of wild mushrooms, and are willing to teach those interested. We milk our own cow, also making cheese and butter. We own a sawmill, and have many natural building projects started. We have friendly goats, chickens, ducks, white peacocks, donkeys and horses the guests can pet and feed. A beautiful koi pond with a waterfall is available for the guests to feed fish. If you do not like the site you booked, contact the host and other accommodations will be found. Miles of hiking trails are available for your enjoyment. Fresh vegetables, eggs and wild mushrooms are seasonally available for purchase. For a donation, a garden fresh farm to table meal will be served. Please let host know at least two hours in advance if you plan on eating with us. There are many waterfalls and swimming spots within a short drive. A quick 5 minute drive will get you to one of the best disc golf courses in the north east, or borrow my baskets and make your own mini course here. Don't have any gear? A fully stocked campsite with a tent can be arranged for an additional fee.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans
No. of sites
11 bookable sites
RV details
Not specified
RV hookups
None
Access
Park at listing
Group sizes
Up to 55 people per site
Potable water available
Pump or well
Fires allowed
Fire ring
Toilet available
Pit toilet
Pets allowed
Showers available
Hot water
Bins available
Compost bin, recycling bin, trash bin
No picnic table
No wifi
Have a question? Send Joan a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • 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
Cave
Forest
Mountainous
Swimming hole
Wetlands
Farm
Ranch
Beach
Desert
Hot spring
Lake
Redwoods
River, stream or creek
Waterfall
Biking
Fishing
Hiking
Snow sports
Wildlife watching
Boating
Horseback riding
Paddling
Wind sports
OHV
Climbing
Surfing
Swimming
Whitewater paddling

Places to see near Magic Forest Farm

Thacher State Park
Thacher State Park
9 miles way Explore
Catskill State Park
Catskill State Park
21 miles way Explore
Max V. Shaul State Park
Max V. Shaul State Park
24 miles way Explore
Cherry Plain State Park
Cherry Plain State Park
27 miles way Explore
Lake Taghkanic State Park
Lake Taghkanic State Park
31 miles way Explore
Saratoga National Historical Park
Saratoga National Historical Park
35 miles way Explore
Taconic State Park
Taconic State Park
35 miles way Explore
Clarksburg State Park
Clarksburg State Park
42 miles way Explore
Mills Norrie State Park
Mills Norrie State Park
47 miles way Explore
Moreau Lake State Park
Moreau Lake State Park
49 miles way Explore
Glimmerglass State Park
Glimmerglass State Park
50 miles way Explore
Woodford State Park
Woodford State Park
51 miles way Explore
Lake Shaftsbury State Park
Lake Shaftsbury State Park
51 miles way Explore
Housatonic Meadows State Park
Housatonic Meadows State Park
55 miles way Explore
Macedonia Brook State Park
Macedonia Brook State Park
56 miles way Explore
Green Mountain National Forest
Green Mountain National Forest
59 miles way Explore
Gilbert Lake State Park
Gilbert Lake State Park
60 miles way Explore
Molly Stark State Park
Molly Stark State Park
61 miles way Explore
Lake Waramaug State Park
Lake Waramaug State Park
63 miles way Explore
Emerald Lake State Park
Emerald Lake State Park
70 miles way Explore
Jamaica State Park
Jamaica State Park
71 miles way Explore
Fort Dummer State Park
Fort Dummer State Park
72 miles way Explore
Townshend State Park
Townshend State Park
72 miles way Explore
New England National Scenic Trail
New England National Scenic Trail
73 miles way Explore
Black Rock State Park
Black Rock State Park
73 miles way Explore
Fahnestock State Park
Fahnestock State Park
73 miles way Explore
Springfield Armory National Historic Site
Springfield Armory National Historic Site
74 miles way Explore
Lake St. Catherine State Park
Lake St. Catherine State Park
75 miles way Explore
Oquaga Creek State Park
Oquaga Creek State Park
80 miles way Explore
Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River
Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River
82 miles way Explore
Kettletown State Park
Kettletown State Park
84 miles way Explore
Bomoseen State Park
Bomoseen State Park
86 miles way Explore
Harriman State Park
Harriman State Park
88 miles way Explore
Half Moon Pond State Park
Half Moon Pond State Park
88 miles way Explore
Bowman Lake State Park
Bowman Lake State Park
89 miles way Explore
Fort Stanwix National Monument
Fort Stanwix National Monument
90 miles way Explore
Weir Farm National Historic Site
Weir Farm National Historic Site
90 miles way Explore
Camp Plymouth State Park
Camp Plymouth State Park
90 miles way Explore
River Highlands State Park
River Highlands State Park
91 miles way Explore
Delta Lake State Park
Delta Lake State Park
91 miles way Explore
High Point State Park
High Point State Park
94 miles way Explore
Coolidge State Park
Coolidge State Park
94 miles way Explore
Wawayanda State Park
Wawayanda State Park
95 miles way Explore
Monadnock State Park
Monadnock State Park
96 miles way Explore
Gifford Woods State Park
Gifford Woods State Park
97 miles way Explore
Wilgus State Park
Wilgus State Park
97 miles way Explore
Wells State Park
Wells State Park
98 miles way Explore
Mt. Ascutney State Park
Mt. Ascutney State Park
98 miles way Explore
Hurd State Park
Hurd State Park
99 miles way Explore
Chenango Valley State Park
Chenango Valley State Park
99 miles way Explore

The vibe at Magic Forest Farm Camp

Myles T.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Myles T.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Myles T.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Myles T.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Myles T.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Myles T.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Myles T.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Myles T.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Myles T.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Myles T.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Myles T.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Myles T.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Myles T.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Myles T.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Myles T.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Myles T.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Myles T.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Myles T.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Myles T.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Myles T.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Myles T.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Myles T.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Myles T.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Myles T.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Myles T.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Myles T.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Myles T.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Myles T.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Myles T.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Myles T.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Myles T.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Myles T.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Myles T.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Myles T.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Myles T.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Myles T.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Myles T.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Myles T.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Myles T.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Myles T.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Myles T.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Myles T.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Myles T.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Myles T.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Joan M.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Megan J.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Jennifer W.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Jennifer W.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Joan M.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Joan M.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Joan M.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Joan M.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Joan M.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Joan M.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Joan M.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Joan M.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Joan M.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Joan M.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Joan M.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Joan M.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Joan M.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Myles T.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Myles T.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Myles T.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Myles T.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Myles T.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Myles T.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Myles T.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Myles T.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Myles T.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Myles T.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Bekka P.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Bekka P.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Bekka P.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Bekka P.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Bekka P.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Bekka P.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Jessica B.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Megan J.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Megan J.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Megan J.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Megan J.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Jennifer W.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Jennifer W.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Jennifer W.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Jennifer W.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Jennifer W.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Jennifer W.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Jennifer W.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Jennifer W.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Jennifer W.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Jennifer W.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Jennifer W.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Jennifer W.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Jennifer W.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Steph T.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Steph T.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Steph T.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Steph T.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Steph T.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Steph T.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Steph T.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Billy M.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Billy M.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Billy M.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Billy M.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Sarah A.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Harmony B.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Harmony B.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Jimi M.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Jimi M.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
James C.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
James C.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
James C.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
James C.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
David W.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
David W.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
David W.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
David W.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Samantha R.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Danielle S.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Danielle S.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Danielle S.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Danielle S.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Christine F.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Christine F.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Christine F.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
Christine F.'s photo at Magic Forest Farm Camp
This listing has no reviews yet.
If you stayed here and have some insider info for us, let us know!
Hipcamper Loc
Loc V.
recommends this listing.
(Site 9)
August 29th, 2016

Magic Forest was just as expected. We stayed two nights and felt quite secluded. We never got a chance to check out the farm animals - the kids got so tired from the day out. Spoke to Jay a few times and he was super helpful.

Tips for Others:
-Site 1 was the closest to the entrance and outhouse but on the main road and had the least privacy. Entire place was very private though.
-Sites 8 and 9 (ours) was the farthest from the entrance/main building and felt the most secluded.
-All sites had fire rings. Some (think it was #1) had a brick oven/grill thing. Not sure if it was usable but looked good. All had chopped logs for seating around the fire pit.
-Firewood station was at the entrance (to the woods) so pick up some before you drive in.
-Hannacroix Creek Reserve is about 25mins drive. Easy hike and we took the kids swimming. Thacher State Park was about 15 mins and kids loved it. Had a great playground also.
-Most parks around are take-in/take-out so be prepared with bags for your trash.

Hipcamper Myles
Myles T.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
August 11th, 2016

What an incredible place to stay. Jason and Joan were extremely welcoming and helped us with everything we needed. They’re extremely flexible with how you want to camp: Enjoy the beautiful campsites they’ve created, or find a patch in the woods to call your own. The campsite we chose was well set up with a hammock overlooking the valley through a clearing, fire pit, and great spots to pitch tents. All while being deep in the woods.

The farm is really interesting. Jason and Joan have quite a few cool housing and farming projects going on, and animals to meet. How can you resists playing with baby goats? It was a blast hanging out with them. Tons of trails to hike on the property as well!

On multiple occasions we drove down to a local lake to swim and cool off. We also checked out the beautiful waterfalls and trails in Thacher State Park, which was really close by. Finally, Jason does tours of the this incredible cave close by, which I'd highly recommend.

Tented closer to the main camp area.A dinner fit for kings and queens on the fire.Taking in the views from the farmhouse!One of the beautiful waterfalls in Thacher State Park, just a few minutes drive from the camp.
Hipcamper Cody
Cody B.
didn't provide a recommendation.
August 11th, 2016

Had an amazing time at Magic Forest Farm, really unique experience and a huge upgrade from the standard state park campgrounds in the North East. Was able to let my dog run free off leash, and even though there where about five other groups camping, always felt like we had the place to ourselves. Lots more to explore, can't wait to go back.

Stayed in site 6, which was very private with great tree cover. Picked fresh vegetables for our dinner, and raspberries for breakfast, lots of fire wood to collect, and very clean outhouses.

Jason was a great host, and delivered fresh eggs to our campsite in the morning. Even has disc golf baskets if you are interested.

Highly recommend, and will be coming back soon!

Hipcamper John
John S.
recommends this listing.
(Site 8)
October 17th, 2016

camped friday night to sunday morning (october). good experience - two adults and a toddler.

we stayed on #8 which was relatively secluded. for reference:
- the outhouse is near site #4
- the shower and wash sink is located outside at the farmhouse when you first enter the grounds
- jason & company are very friendly and helpful
- there are horses, sheep, chickens, ducks, fish and a cow
- plenty of wood to chop/collect for fire
- thatcher state park (about 25min drive away) is very nice - huge, views, playgrounds, trails, etc.

Hipcamper westley
Westley B.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
August 11th, 2016

Magic Forest is great! There is plenty of space and you can camp as near or far from the main farm and its amenities as you want. There are lots of animals around to see and play with (including baby goats!) Jason is a great host and showed us around the farm and helped us find everything we needed. We'll definitely be going back soon!

Hipcamper Micilin
Micilin O.
recommends this listing.
(Site 4)
August 11th, 2016

Magic farm is my first hip camp experience and I loved it. It's so much better than the usual campsites. There are a couple of cut out campsites in the woods to choose from, plenty of firewood, a couple of outhouses which were clean and actually quite pleasant and an absolute magical jungle forest of wild animals and birds... And there are even 2 resident very friendly goats that wander around. Its a few miles from an awesome lake, that was quiet and dog friendly. Joan and Jay are nice easy going folks and have great plans for the farm. I will be back.

Hipcamper Katie
Katie H.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
September 6th, 2016

We absolutely loved our time at Magic Forest Farm Camp! The hosts were friendly and available to answer any questions we had. The camp itself was very primitive, which was exactly what we were looking for. It was so quiet and serene, and each camp was spread far apart from one another so we barely could hear the others that were staying near by. If you are looking for KOA type vibe this just ain't the one. If you're looking for a campsite where you can get down and dirty with nature, this sure is it. Bring your hammock and pitch your tent, and get ready to relax! Some things that you should know before arriving:

1. Our camp did not have a table, so definitely bring a folding one if you plan on cooking and dining!
2. No running water in the outhouses (obviously), so be prepared for that :-)
3. The river was dried up, so no swimming or waterfalls unfortunately (as of Sept 2016).
4. The camp shower is a bit of a walk from the actual campsites, and there is only one! (we roughed it the entire time and didn't shower at all)

Hipcamper Aaron
Aaron P.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
July 5th, 2018

Quirky property, but wonderful sense of privacy. We were at site 3, which had a lovely view and truly secluded atmosphere, except for the frequent truck noise from a road that was encompassed by the view. Not the hosts fault, but would have liked to know the site was so close to a major thruway.

The site was spectacular, although could have used a cleaning and the fire pit needed to be dug out (6+ inches of ash), but given this is their most popular site some buildup is not surprising.

Again, the site was just lovely. Lots of space, lovely view, privacy, but be prepared for decent hike in. It is up and down and the descent into camp is fairly steep. A 3-5 minute walk each way depending on how aggressive you are feeling. I packed too much anticipating “car camping” with a short walk in.....the reality was several trips to the car navigating varying terrain that was a workout in itself. This is not a knock on the site, as it was worth the hike, but pack accordingly. Site 3 is the one to be at, but plan on hiking in your gear.

The shower and water station are quite a hike from the campsites, and filling up my standard 7 gallon water container I was glad I drove the truck by on another errand to fill up. Carrying back to camp would have been brutal. That said, the shower facilities are private and quite charming, and the water is clean and fresh. You get to converse with a variety of farm animals while filling up or showering, and the personal efforts to build the property are evident throughout.

Magic Forest Farm is without a doubt a private, beautiful, and secluded retreat. The road coming in is a little messy (I think I saw people living in a broken down school bus among other vehicles) and a vehicle with good ground clearance is recommended. All in all, I think what is most important is Joan offers her beautiful property, with many of the features of a commerical campground (showers, outhouse, water) at a very fair price, but with a remarkable secluded privacy that makes you feel like you hiked for miles to get too. I will return to site 3 for the privacy and view, but will pack much much lighter next time!

Hipcamper sierra
Sierra S.
recommends this listing.
August 11th, 2016

Nothing about this place is conventional, but that's what makes it magical. Very serene, quiet as well as private. We would definitely stay again. If you are a true adventurer.. Stay, if you are a more glamorous camper, I would say skip. Happy campin!

Property
Magic Forest Farm
State
New York
$40/night
11 Sites