North–South Lake

Haines Falls, New York 12436

North–South Lake

North–South Lake Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The largest and most popular campground in the Catskills, North–South Lake hardly qualifies as an undiscovered gem. Its popularity, however, is well deserved and should not discourage the camper looking for excellent hiking and recreation opportunities. Easily accessible from the New York State Thruway and a stone’s throw from the ski-resort town of Hunter, North– South Lake has served as an ideal jumpingoff point for exploring the northeastern Catskills for many years."

North–South Lake Trip Reports

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My fiance and I rented a cabin in Mills-Norrie. We drove two hours to get there, only to find that there was a vehicle parked next to our cabin (about 8-10 ft. away). I thought perhaps the park had made a mistake and given our cabin to someone else. Turns out, the vehicle belonged to the cabin down the hill. I asked them to move it. They claimed that they were allowed to park there because they weren't able to get their vehicle, a truck, down their own driveway because there were trees (there weren't) and rocks (there weren't) in the way. Both parties went to speak to the park worker, Sheryl, and in an effort to resolve this petty dispute at 10pm on a Friday of their last weekend open, I offered a myriad of alternatives to placate everyone involved. For example, I suggested they move their truck to the cabin next door that appeared empty, and that if someone else came to that cabin that night we could once again resolve the issue. I offered that we both park our cars near the office, again, to be fair and to resolve the issue. Sheryl stated that that was their park policy and had always been that way. She claimed there was no where else they could park (except I guess she forgot they had a driveway made for their cabin, or about the parking area near the front office) despite the availability of space on the grounds.
Furthermore, it was clear to me that she and the other party knew each other as she was talking with them about their children, and I also heard her give them personal information about us.
In my mind, if a cabin is inaccessible by truck, then it's certainly inaccessible by ambulance, and should therefore not be open to the public. They falsely advertised their service because I certainly wouldn't have paid nearly $200 for a cabin whose grounds are used as a common space. This park has violated my Right to Be Informed, and has acted poorly in remedying the situation.

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Trail Information

Haines Falls
Nearby City
Early May–late October

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