North/South Lake campground is a state run campground located on the edge of the Catskill forest preserve. The park is very large and VERY popular. Because of this I highly recommend make reservations as early as possible (believe reserve america allows you to book up to 8 months in advance).
The campground itself has 7 different loops. Most of the sites generally are about the same size. All have a large fire pit, and there is running water along the path at about every third or fourth site. You'll need a bucket to transport it back to yours. Some of the sites do have a rocky floor so if you are tent camping be sure to bring some padding or an air mattress. Each loop has its own bathroom which is generally kept very clean despite being used by everyone. The bathrooms also have private shower booths that have hot water (try to visit during off hours because the hot water can run out). The lake and beach area offer canoe rental and fishing. There are also tons of trails for bike riding, great for the kids. There is simply fun for all ages at this place.
The best part in my opinion is all the hiking available in the area. The views are simply AMAZING. Perched up on the edge of the Catskills you can see clear across the Hudson river valley and into the neighboring states for as far as the eye can see. And this is just the view from one of the many scenic stops along the hiking trails (make sure you see Sunset rock, BREATHTAKING!). There is also Kaaterskill falls close by (one of the tallest falls in the Eastern US). If you happen to visit during the summer months I highly recommend looking along rt 23a for a dirt covered parking lot on the South side of the road because there is an amazing swimming hole nearby (you park on the side of the road and walk along Kaaterskill creek until you come to it). You can also find horseback riding in the area.
Overall I would say this is an absolute must visit for anyone that lives in NY state or closeby areas and enjoys camping.
In reviewing other peoples reviews I noticed a high amount of reviews offering 1 star due to fear of bears. I felt like I was reading some horror novel about a rabid cujo type bear attacking campers. Ridiculous! This campground is outstanding. I have been visiting N/S lake about bi-yearly since I was 12 and have never felt even the slightest bit in danger. Keep your site clean, keep anything remotely touched by food in your car and you will be fine. If a visitor doesn't take the time to do their homework about what camping really involves, that isn't the fault of the facility. Its unfair to leave a bad review simply because you were scared all night thinking you heard a bear (news flash, raccoon make noises that sound like an animal much larger in size).
Sorry for ranting but I felt compelled to comment on this. So LET EVERYONE BE WARNED! This campground is on the edge of the Catskill forest preserve. Wild animals live in forests.....hence...you might actually see wild animals! Amazing right? Ok, I'm done! =)
- Also Known As:
- North-South Lake Campground Hotel Haines Falls