Part of our Regional Camping in New York State Series

In this post, we are focused on camping in the Catskill region of New York State. The Catskill mountain range lies in the Southeast area of New York State, north of New York City and south of Albany. The Catskill region also borders west bank of the Hudson River, making it ideal for both land and water activities.

Camping in the Catskills
Bethel Woods Center for the Arts - Photo Courtesy

The Catskill region may be best known for being the host of one of the most popular musical festivals of all time –Woodstock – the original held in Bethel, NY in the 1969. The mountainous area is also well-traveled with hikers and others interested in outdoor activities such as horseback riding, rock climbing, canoeing, rafting, biking, skiing, and more. It is also one of the most popular fly-fishing areas in New York State.

With all these available outdoor activities, it’s no wonder that the Catskill region features numerous campgrounds throughout the area. Whether up in the mountains or by the riverside, campgrounds in this area offer an abundance of things to do for day trips during your stay.

Here is just a sampling of things you can do:


The Catskills offer numerous options for fishing as the landscape is home to many lakes and rivers including the Delaware and Hudson Rivers. In fact, the Catskill region is known as the “Birthplace of American Fly Fishing.” If interested in learning more about fly fishing, the award winning Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum is available for visiting in Livingston Manor, NY and is host to many fishing activities and programs in the area.


In addition to the Fly Fishing Museum mentioned above, the Catskills are home to many other museums worth checking out. The Museum at Bethel Woods commemorates the 1969 Woodstock Festival and explores impact of social, political, and cultural events of the 1960s. If interested in learning more about the area, the Sullivan County Museum & Historical Society offers county displays, a library, archives, and more on the area. If art is your thing, there is the Longyear Gallery in Margaretville, NY or the Woodstock/Byrdcliffe Art Colony in Woodstock, NY.


The Catskill region is also home to several festivals. The Bethel woods Center for the Arts, which is situated on the location of the 1969 Woodstock Festival, is host to numerous music performances and festivals throughout the summer. There is also the Belleayre Music Festival in Highmount, NY featuring music of all types throughout the summer.

Go For a Drive

Don’t miss the Upper Delaware Scenic Byway, dubbed “The Most Scenic Highway in the East”. Located in Narrowsburg, NY on Route 97 along with Delaware River, this drive offers beautiful views off high cliffs.

Location, Location, Location

The Catskills are in an ideal camping location for those living in the New York City area. Located just 2 hours north of the city, it’s a convenient location that still feels as though you’re nowhere near a city. And, the Catskill region is a great place for anyone looking to experience camping in the mountains.

If you have yet to try camping in the Catskill region, it should be added to your bucket list. Check out a full listing of things to do on the I Love NY website.


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