Hipcamp host Heidi C.
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Less than two hours from New York City, wake to a chorus of birdsong and sip your morning coffee pond-side, as you observe a great blue heron and mallard ducks, or feed a curious school of small fish from the dock.  

Set among hardwoods, soft pines, and whispering meadow grasses, this property offers numerous campsite possibilities.  Whether you prefer the shade and se

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Less than two hours from New York City, wake to a chorus of birdsong and sip your morning coffee pond-side, as you observe a great blue heron and mallard ducks, or feed a curious school of small fish from the dock.  

Set among hardwoods, soft pines, and whispering meadow grasses, this property offers numerous campsite possibilities.  Whether you prefer the shade and serenity of the forest, a sunny clearing near the water, or a quiet space among the taller grasses, you'll find a unique space to suit your needs.  

In addition to their campsite, campers are welcome to visit with our chickens and ducks, play tetherball and other outdoor sports, venture out in a canoe or kayak (provided upon request with life preservers), or go for a hike on or off the property.  Favorite local destinations include Art Omi, Taconic State Park, High Falls, Bash Bish, and Olana.  

Located only 4.9 miles from the renowned Hawthorne Valley Farm Store, campers have access to an abundance of locally grown and organic foods throughout their stay, as well as a wide variety of foods available for takeout from nearby Hudson, Chatham, Great Barrington, Hillsdale, or Copake.  Conveniently located almost equidistantly from the quaint and artsy communities of Hudson, Great Barrington, and Chatham and just a few minutes from the Taconic State Parkway, we are proud to live in an area known for its natural beauty, inspiring views, and diverse mix of locals and transplants. 

Your campsite will be located on our scenic rural property with one-acre pond.  Please note that we also live on the property, along with our two friendly dogs and three children, who you may hear and see playing from time to time from nearby campsites, or perhaps not at all if you choose to camp in the woods or on the opposite side of the pond from our home.  Please also note that a dedicated and disinfected porto-let is provided for your needs, as well as a water tap for all of your drinking, cooking, and bathing needs.

Our own eggs and produce are available seasonally, and guided hikes and local sightseeing opportunities are available with a NYS licensed guide for additional fee upon request. 

No tent or camping supplies?  See our other listing for a fully-equipped. ready-made campsite.

Please note that a bear has recently been spotted in the neighborhood.  This is not uncommon in the country, but we urge campers to be on watch and exercise reasonable care.

Due to local and state regulations, safe social distancing practices are observed in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The health and safety of our guests is top priority. We also understand the need to connect with nature during these confining times. We are monitoring closely the guidelines of the CDC & WHO, as well as local New York regulations, and are taking the following precautions:

  • Rigorous sanitizing of all surfaces in between guests
  • No shared bathroom facility.
  • Limited access to public & shared spaces.
  • Socially distant check-in.
  • Working to make each accommodation self sufficient, so that guests can feel safe and private.

Campsite area
Bring your own
1 site
Up to 5 guests per site
Walk to listing
No ADA access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
Potable water available
Picnic table available
Wifi available
Bins available
No kitchen
No showers
Laundry absent
Have a question? Send Heidi a message!
  • Check in: After 3PM
  • Check out: Before 11AM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 2
  • Accepts bookings: 3 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 15% off

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Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Biking

Our quiet road is an ideal location for bike rides. We are also about 15 minutes from the bike path at the Harlem Valley Rail ...Read more

Boating

Kayaking and canoeing are available on our pond, as well as other nearby waterways.

Fishing

While the fish in our pond are too small for true fishing, there are numerous other fishing holes locally.

Hiking

Many hiking opportunities abound, both on and off the property, for both novice and experienced hikers.

Horseback riding

Many local stables offer trail rides, therapeutic riding, and lesson programs.

Paddling

Canoeing and kayaking are welcome on our pond, as well as on other local waterways.

Climbing

There are numerous local destinations for rigorous hiking, including some climbing.

Snow sports

Campers are welcome to snowshoe or cross-country ski on our property, and we are only about ten minutes away from Catamount Ski...Read more

Swimming

There are numerous swimming holes within close proximity to the property (the pond is better suited for wildlife).

Wildlife watching

There is abundant wildlife on the property and in our area, including great blue herons, bald eagles, canada geese, mallard duc...Read more

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Sun Song Pond & Forest Retreat in New York.

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Lake
Mountainous
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Wetlands
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Hipcamper Alexandra
Alexandra B.
recommends this listing.
May 27th, 2020

We had a great long weekend here! Heidi and Gordon were gracious hosts and made sure our stay was fun and comfortable. We stayed at the secluded spot up on the hill in the woods and the other side of the pond from the house. It was a lovely spot, very private, very quiet, with deer occasionally walking by in the morning. It was nice to be at a camping spot without other campers around. The port-o-pottie was well maintained and clean. There was access to fresh drinking/cooking water. There was a fire ring by the campsite and the family provided us with free firewood, which we definitely utilized. The kids were awesome and greeted us enthusiastically every time we came back from hiking. Overall, a wonderful spot. In talking to Gordon, seems like they are also constantly thinking of ways to make it even better (was in the process of moving a picnic table out to this site!) and it's obvious that they will continue to work to make it a good experience for whomever is staying there.

Hipcamper Heidi
Response from Heidi, the Host, on May 29th, 2020

Thank you so much for staying with us! You and Katie were an absolute pleasure to host, and we home you'll stay again! We love making improvements to our sites, so we really appreciate your feedback.

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Hipcamper Katie
Katie K.
recommends this listing.
May 28th, 2020

This was our first time hipcamping and it was such a wonderful experience. Heidi and her family were such amazing hosts and we felt very welcomed as soon as we pulled up. We stayed in the back campground and it felt as if we were in our own forest, surrounded by the lovely noises of wildlife. Highly recommend staying here if you are looking for the perfect outdoor weekend getaway.

Hipcamper Heidi
Response from Heidi, the Host, on May 29th, 2020

Thank you so much for camping with us! I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay, and the kids clearly adored you and Alexandra (and Pudding!). We look forward to hosting you again!

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Hipcamper Helen
Helen J.
recommends this listing.
June 9th, 2020

Lovely campsite in the woods on the other side of the pond. Feels secluded and gorgeous. Firewood was ready to go upon arrival. We had a great time. Hosts are super friendly.

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Hipcamper Sara

Good

Sara T.
recommends this listing.
June 15th, 2020

Heidi and Gordon made us feel very accommodated on their property. Our site was nestled a little back in the woods, where their modern farmhouse was in view from our campfire and tent. They brought us ample wood at a good deal, and helped us load up our gear on their trailer which was driven up to our camp site.

Early morning pond life offered views of deer, chipmunks and plenty of birds along with sounds of a few frogs. A picnic table and fire ring helped us enjoy the outdoors.

Overall a good experience.

Hipcamper Daniel

Cool place!

Daniel K.
recommends this listing.
June 28th, 2020

Great campsite, super private and beautiful. Recommend 100%! Great hiking in the area and close to both taconics and Hudson. Hosts came to meet us in person even though arriving late. Loud frogs in the pond so you may want to bring earplugs.

Hipcamper Ruth C.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
July 5th, 2020
Hipcamper Charlie M.
recommends this listing.
June 23rd, 2020
Property
Sun Song Pond & Forest Camp
State
New York
Country
United States
$40/night
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