The Best Spots to Camp in the Great Northern Catskills
Home to more than 1,000 campsites, the Great Northern Catskills offer a bespoke camping experience for amateurs and pros alike. From the hike-in experience of Devil's Tombstone, to enjoying easy access to paddling, hiking on some of the best hiking trails in the Catskills from your car camping spot, Greene County lives up to its reputation as the adventure capital of the Catskills.
Grab your tent, camp chair, and some marshmallows and book a few nights at one of our Catskill campgrounds or backcountry campsites and prepare for awesome.
Formerly a zoo home to over 2,000 animals, including giraffes, pygmy hippos, and rhinos, the game farm has reinvented itself as a glamping hub in the Catskills. Check in to one of two tent locations facilitated by Tentrr and enjoy miles of paved walkways, photography opportunities, and peaceful settings. Large canvas tents are equipped with a queen-sized cot, a woodstove, firepit, and picnic table, among other amenities.
Awakening Garden's Buddha TiPi in Palenville is a must visit for any bohemian dreamer. The 20-foot tipi comes equipped with an Eames-style chairs lounge for relaxing and can sleep up to six guests comfortably. Bring your sleeping bag, sense of adventure, and watch the stars twinkle overhead from your very own tipi in the Catskills. The Buddha TiPi rents for $30 a night for two people and group rates are available. A bathhouse is located nearby for guests to use, and Awakening Garden's owners will provide car service and guided hiking tours for an additional fee.
North-South Lake State Campground is the most popular campground in the Catskills and it's perfect for families or guests looking for a basecamp for exploring the area. Take a sunrise hike to the former site of the Catskill Mountain House, which is an easy 10-minute hike from the campground, and continue on to Alligator Rock and even Kaaterskill Falls, all from your campsite. Nearby in Tannersville, you'll find restaurants and shopping, and an easy basecamp for exploring the Catskills Beverage Trail. Rates are $22 per night for a campsite.
Devil's Tombstone is one of the oldest campgrounds in the Catskill Forest Preserve, and the location more than lives up to its name. Situated deep in Stony Clove and surrounded by some of the Catskill Park's highest mountains, legend has it that the Devil once roamed this region during the early days of settlement in the Catskills. Hike in via state trails, or drive to the campground via Route 214 in Hunter. The primitive camping sites offer picnic tables and fireplaces for campers, as well as water spigots. Rates are $16 per night for a campsite.
Whip-O-Will Campsites in Round Top offers family-friendly and pet-friendly camping and amenities within easy driving distance of some of the Catskills' top attractions. The campground's 200 sites offer full-service hookups for RVs, or tent sites with water spigots. Families can keep kiddos busy at the swimming pool, playground, basketball court, or rec hall. Mountain bikers will enjoy nearby access to Roundtopia mountain biking trails, and we think everyone will agree that being within a short drive of New York Zipline Adventures at Hunter Mountain is ideal. Sites start at $32.50 for a tent site with water, and go up to $112 for a site with triple water and electric hookups.
So what are you waiting for?
Whether you're a seasoned camper or are planning your first foray into the wilderness, the Great Northern Catskills offer a camping experience that is unique and soul-satisfying.