Campers' Group is a club that organizes camping, cabin, hiking and ski trips, mostly in NJ, NY, PA and CT, and within a three-hour drive of the NYC metro area. We welcome singles, couples and families, experienced campers and newbies, to camp and hike with us.
Enjoy the comforts of a warm and cozy cabin by the rushing waters of Tohickon Creek, in Bucks County PA. On Saturday and Sunday, water will be released from an upstream dam, enlarging the creek and making it a nirvana for whitewater kayakers. We will just be watching, unless any of us is experienced enough and has whitewater gear to go on the river. For the rest of us, there will be a hiking trail (out and back, 2 miles each way, 200+ ft initial climb) that passes right by the cabins in Tohickon Valley Park, which leads to the scenic High Rocks vista, and then on to Ralph Stover State Park and the whitewater put-in. In the Doe Run Campground section of the park, this modern but small 2-room cabin has a kitchen with a full size refrigerator and stove, bathroom, shower, wood-burning fireplace, outside grill, and indoor heating system. The cabin also has one bedroom (with one set of bunk beds and one queen size bed) and a common room (with one queen size pull-out sofa bed), sleeping a maximum of six (6) people. You will be sharing sleeping quarters. The park also has campsites for the hardy (accessible from the second entrance on Cafferty Road, or about a 10-15 minute walk up to the ridge from the cabin) at Tohickon Valley Campground. If you would prefer more plush accommodations, there are a number of B&Bs local to this area, and Airbnb may also be a good option. Sorry, the park does not allow camping on the cabin grounds. Bring your own food, utensils and sleeping bag or bed linens.
To reserve a spot, send a check for $54 made out to Campers Group, to: Campers Group, 48 S. High Street Mt. Vernon, NY 10550. Once the organizer or a trip leader is notified of receipt of your check, you will be added to the RSVP list. For immediate inclusion, pay $55.87 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.
Our friends at Thendara Mountain Club have invited us to stay overnight at their rustic cabin in Harriman State Park. The cabin (built 1929) has heat, electricity, a full kitchen, indoor mens and womens washrooms with hot showers, and heated bathrooms about 50 ft from the lodge. There are seven bedrooms with 2-4 cots each (rooms are shared). The cabin has a big main room with fireplace, comfortable seating, eating table and screened in porch. The weekend includes Saturday night dinner, Sunday breakfast and a bag lunch.
Arrive a little before 10am on Saturday to join us on a moderately strenuous hike. We may carpool to the trail head. After the hike we will return to camp for a relaxing and well deserved happy hour in front of the fire! Dinner will be provided by the Thendara host for this weekend. Breakfast and sandwiches will be available on Sunday. Diet restrictions can usually be accommodated - just be sure to tell the host when you RSVP. You need to bring a sleeping bag or sheet and pillowcase. There are wool blankets and pillows available. There will also be a local hike on Sunday starting at about 11am from camp. The total cost will be approximately $45, which will cover meals and lodging. You can also join us just for the Saturday hike for $7.
You can take the train or bus to Sloatsburg and can either hike in, ride a bike up scenic Seven Lakes Drive, or we can arrange to have someone from camp with a car meet you at the station. Feel free to bring a spouse, date, friend and well behaved kids, but sorry, no pets.
We are staying in the cozy Wickapeck Lodge at Fairview Lake YMCA Camp. This is a family weekend - all kids welcome! The lodge has 5 bedrooms that sleep up to 6 each, 2 bathrooms with hot showers, living room with fireplace and a small kitchen. Organized activities may include hiking, rock wall climbing, high ropes (zipline), archery/rifle range, interpretive walks, arts and crafts and more. The activities and meals are included (they do not offer an option without meals). Meals in the dining hall will include a Friday night dinner, 3 meals on Saturday, and breakfast and lunch on Sunday. Special dietary needs can be accommodated if requested beforehand. Per person cost is $147 (by check or credit card), which must be mailed directly to the camp with their completed form, plus the $3.39 Campers Group fee, paid when you RSVP. If you do not send in your payment by Wednesday November 2nd, you will be taken off the attending list until the camp receives your payment. To reserve a spot, send a check for $3 made out to Campers Group, to: Campers Group, 48 S. High Street Mt. Vernon, NY 10550. Once the organizer or a trip leader is notified of receipt of your check, you will be added to the RSVP list. For immediate inclusion, pay $3.39 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.