Camping in the Catskills

Camping in the Catskills
The Catskill Mountain range is a ridge in southern New York state, just north of New York City. Because of its proximity to one of the largest cities in the world, the Catskill area is heavily traveled. While there are many opportunities for camping, hiking and backpacking in the Catskills, it's critically important to practice Leave No Trace ethics while traipsing through this area. Leave only footprints, take only pictures, kill only time ... a hiker's mantra.

Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park Campground

This state park is in the heart of the Catskill Mountains. In addition to multiple campsites, Fahnestock also has a store and picnic tables for lunching. The Appalachian Trail runs directly through the park, and in the summer, it's not uncommon to see "thru-hikers" passing through or resting at the store. The state park also offers a lake, beach, boat rentals, a large playing field and showers. This is a full-service campground with all of the niceties found at home.


Beaver Spring Mountain Campground

This campground caters to families and RV enthusiasts. With full hook-ups for trailers, pop-ups and RVs, this site is popular with road-tripping travelers. Located near Oneonta and Cooperstown, this campground also offers fishing, boating, a pool, laundry and a store. Depending on the season or month, there are often activities held at the campground. Some popular activities in the past have been bingo, a July Fourth cookout and a Memorial Day Parade.

Peak Bagging

For climbing enthusiasts, a series of high peaks in the Catskills can be climbed in consecutive order: Panther Mountain, Slide Mountain and Cornell Mountain. Backpackers will need to carry full camping gear -- including a shelter, sleeping bag, cooking equipment, sleeping pad, headlamp and extra clothing -- to spend a series of nights in the backcountry. A peak-bagging adventure of this scale requires that hikers are in good physical shape.


Article Written By Duncan Jenkins

Based in Eugene, Ore., Duncan Jenkins has been writing finance-related articles since 2008. His specialties include personal finance advice, mortgage/equity loans and credit management. Jenkins obtained his bachelor's degree in English from Clark University.

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