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.
- 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
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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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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)
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!
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!