Hipcamp host William W.,
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Enjoy the big view from the highest corner of the big field.  This is a sweet little campsite set in a birch grove with a view to the Catskills, and lots of wildlife. 

Two minute walk from your car, and a five minute walk to a swimming pond and a composting toilet outhouse. Near Chatham, New York where there is a brewery, cheese shop, two bakeries, restaurants, and a m


Enjoy the big view from the highest corner of the big field.  This is a sweet little campsite set in a birch grove with a view to the Catskills, and lots of wildlife. 

Two minute walk from your car, and a five minute walk to a swimming pond and a composting toilet outhouse. Near Chatham, New York where there is a brewery, cheese shop, two bakeries, restaurants, and a movie theatre.  We are half an hour from Hudson, and in the midst of plentiful Berkshire and Hudson Valley hiking, biking and sightseeing opportunities.

*Special note for winter campers: depending on both snowfall and what you are driving, the parking locations may change.  In all cases, we will be happy to either ferry you via our 4WD, or help you carry your stuff in.  The winter is really fun and beautiful.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
1 site
Up to 6 guests per site
Walk to listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Kitchen available
No showers
No picnic table
No wifi
Pack it out
Have a question? Send William 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: 6 months out
  • Response time: Within an hour
  • Response rate: 100%


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Snow sports
Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at Birch camp in New York.

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The vibe at Birch camp

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Hipcamper Justin
Justin H.
recommends this listing.
May 28th, 2019

We are happy to have been the first campers at the Birch Camp. William met us and showed us around. The site had a great view of the mountains, was set against the forest and a short walk to the toilet and pond. This is coming from frequent campers in the Catstills and Bear Mountain that always experience the struggle of finding a quiet, well kept camping site. This hit all the marks and is an A+.

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Hipcamper James

What a wonderful spot.

James Y.
recommends this listing.
June 11th, 2019

We sat atop a hill with an unobstructed view of the mountains with a constant breeze keeping us cool and the bugs at bay. The swimming hole was also a lot nicer than I expected. The water was clean and clear with a dock leading into water plenty deep. A total joy of a trip that we'll absolutely repeat.

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Hipcamper Ann
Ann D.
recommends this listing.
June 26th, 2019

This was our second time back on Bill's property and our first time staying at birch camp which was a spacious and beautiful site overlooking the Hudson Valley with views of the Catskills. Everyone in our group had a great time and we couldn't help but take multiple dips in the swimming pond in between exploring nearby attractions. It was another perfect weekend in a truly idyllic setting. Many thanks to Bill and Malene!

Hipcamper Andy

The best campsite in ny state....

Andy S.
recommends this listing.
July 15th, 2019

This is an excellent camp site if you like privacy, great views of the Catskills, great communication with Bill the owner who had loads of good info and was super helpful, lots and lots of space all to yourself, a beautiful pond to swim in, your own parking spot at the top of the hill (some driving on moderate incline/grass is required but my 45 year old motorcycle could make it up/down with no issue), wood waiting for you, drinkable water waiting for you, easy to find. For me it was one of the best camping experiences for all these reasons and yes I am an experienced camper. I recommend this campsite to anyone as long as they dont spoil it! Will go back very soon I hope.

Hipcamper Jennifer

*perfect camp site*

Jennifer K.
recommends this listing.
July 17th, 2019

This campsite is truly a dream, and we will most definitely be back ASAP. I've spent so much time online trying to find a good site where the dog could truly run free without having to worry about her bothering others, where we could all swim, and where we felt safe with a toddler. Birch camp has all that and more - it's beautiful and quiet. It's a short walk up the hill from the pond. The pond is clean and deep and AWESOME with a canoe you can use! We were all in heaven. There's no table at the site which was somewhat challenging w/ baby and dog. So bring one if you have room. There's a grill over the fire. We loved it. The best part is over 24 hours later, our dog (usually a maniac in NYC) is still passed out in blissful sleep. :)

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Hipcamper Whitney

Highly, highly recommended

Whitney V.
recommends this listing.
July 28th, 2019

Birch Camp was absolutely wonderful... A beautiful spot at the top of a hill with an incredible view of fields, mountains, and sky. It feels very remote and private; there are no houses, roads, or electrical wires visible, just the occasional faint sound of a train whistle. There's a nice rustic vibe with a not-overly preened grassy area, a fire pit, and log stumps for sitting. The pond is a five-minute walk away and is way more beautiful and inviting than we expected, i.e. not creepy at all! We took short walks through the woods and enjoyed the town of Chatham very much. We didn't meet William (who was away) but did meet his wife, Marlene, who was super accessible and great! Thank you for a wonderful stay... We highly, highly recommend it!

Hipcamper Alexandra
Alexandra O.
recommends this listing.
July 29th, 2019

This campsite was a dream. Easy to find, great communication from the hosts, but perfectly secluded. Can’t wait to come back!

Hipcamper alex
Alex A.
recommends this listing.
August 12th, 2019

Such a peaceful and idyllic place to camp. William is also a gracious and responsive host.

Hipcamper michael
Michael C.
recommends this listing.
August 19th, 2019

William was helpful and easy to communicate with. The site was beautiful, as was the nearby swimming hole. Would definitely recommend!


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