North/South Lake Professional Review and Guide
"Seven different groups of sites make North/South Lake the largest public campground in the Catskills. Dating back to 1929, it’s also the oldest. With its agreeable location and abundant amenities, walk-ins are unlikely to have any luck during peak summer weekends so plan ahead. In particular loops 5 and 6 are sought after as many of their sites have North Lake as their backdrop. Relatively new comfort stations include private, locking shower rooms with a changing annex. Numerous trails, including routes to Newman’s Ledge, Artist’s Rock, Inspiration Point, and Ashley Falls begin at the campground. With a map, history buffs can also find their way to the former sites of the Catskill Mountain House, where presidents Chester Arthur and Ulysses S. Grant once stayed, and the Kaaterskill Hotel, a 1,014-room behemoth that was advertised as the world’s largest mountain hotel in the 1880s. Views along many of these hikes are unbeatable. Impressive Kaaterskill Falls, the highest two-tiered waterfall in New York, is a short drive away, while a bit farther west, Catskill visitors can pay to take the Summer Skyride to the summit of Hunter Mountain."