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  • Writer's pictureNicole Godnick

Explore the great outdoors: top campgrounds in the Catskills

Nestled in the Hudson Valley region, the Catskills, known for their natural beauty, are a prime destination for camping and outdoor adventure on the east coast. With its natural beauty, numerous hiking trails, and excellent fishing, the region has something to offer for everyone, from seasoned campers to those looking to get away for the weekend. Whether you prefer pitching a tent or camping in an RV, the Catskills offer a diverse range of options to choose from:

North-South Lake Campground

$22 per night (out-of-state residents surcharge an additional $5 per night)

This is one of the Catskill region's biggest and most popular campgrounds. It has seven camping loops with 219 tents and trailer sites. Each campsite has a picnic table, fireplaces with grills, running water nearby, flush toilets, and hot showers less than a minute's walk away. The campground is surrounded by some of the most popular scenic hiking trails ranging from beginner to intermediate.

What makes North-South Lake Campground unique is its proximity to many of the region's most popular attractions, including Kaaterskill Falls, one of the tallest waterfalls in the state.

Devil's Tombstone Campground

$16 per night (out-of-state residents surcharge an additional $5 per night)

One of the oldest campgrounds in the Catskills, Devil's Tombstone got its name from a rumor that Stony Clove was a "favorite haunt" in the early days of settlement. It has 24 tent and trailer sites, Notch Lake, and picnic areas with tables and fireplaces. Other amenities such as swimming, boating, and showers are available at North-South lake located only 9 miles away.

What makes Devil's Tombstone Campground unique is its proximity to some of the best hiking trails in the Catskills, including the Devil's Path, a "moderate" hike over 21 miles in length that takes you to some of the most breathtaking viewpoints in the region.

Beaverkill Campground

$20 per night (out-of-state residents surcharge an additional $5 per night)

This popular campground features 52 tent and trailer sites, with 20 sites located along the river. Each site has tables and grills with flush toilets and hot showers nearby.

What makes Beaverkill campground unique is the historic covered bridge on the site constructed in the 1860s. In addition, the stream running underneath is an attraction for most campers as it is renowned for its trout fishing.

While these are a few of the most popular camping sites, don't feel limited by these options. In the Catskills, the possibilities for camping are endless, as you can transform nearly any spot into a campsite. Many campsites can be booked up to 9 months in advance, so for the best chances, book early at: !

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