We're a volunteer-run club that organizes camping and cabin
trips. Based in New York City, our destinations are usually
within a three-hour drive of the Big Apple (NYC). We welcome singles,
couples and families, experienced campers and newbies, to
join us on these outings.
Camp behind the dunes by the Atlantic Ocean. Enjoy miles of secluded, clothing-optional beaches, or hike on a boardwalk nature trail through salt marshes, fresh water marshes, thickets and forests. You won't see a private car all weekend because ... no cars are allowed. The birds and vegetation are spectacular, but beware of the ticks. We do this trip in the spring because the mosquitoes are ferocious later in the season. Flush toilets and hot showers. Fire Island can be reached by public transportation via LIRR and ferry.
Want to see the rabbit in the Moon, Venus, and Mars up close? In addition to relaxed camping and spectacular vistas along the hiking trails at this lesser-known park, we'll have some fun at the Greenwood Observatory, seemingly bringing the planets closer to earth via a telescope that magnifies up to 800 times. You can also ride your bike in the park, or swim at the nearby Mohican Outdoor Center. Hot showers and flush toilets. You can reserve by paying $18 per person by check (mail it to Campers' Group, 575 Grand St., #E1605, NYC 10002) or $20 per person by Paypal via this meetup.com page.
This park overflows with waterfalls (22 named falls), has 26 miles of hiking trails and Lake Jean for swimming and boating. You can rent a canoe, kayak, rowboat or paddleboat--gasoline-powered boats are not permitted. Our five sites are on a peninsula jutting out into Lake Jean. The sites can comfortably hold 20 people and are near bathrooms with toilets and hot showers. You can reserve by paying $23 per person by check (mail it to Campers' Group, 575 Grand St., #E1605, NYC 10002) or $25 per person by Paypal via this meetup.com page.
Swim, boat, fish, hike the Appalachian Trail, ride your mountain bike or just relax at this private group site situated far away from other campers. Hiking to the Monument at the highest point in NJ will award you with the most expansive 360 degree view of PA, NY and NJ in the area. A visit from our friendly black bears will make this trip one to remember. Pit toilets on the site, hot showers and flush toilets at the lake. Limited to 25 people.
What better park to enjoy the beautiful Hudson Valley than Mills Norrie? Located on the east bank of the Hudson River, this and the adjoining riverside parks offer ample opportunities for walking, hiking, and cycling on the numerous trails, but the main attraction here may be paddling. River access is available for campers with boats at the Norrie Marina and at the Norrie Environmental Center. Norrie Point Paddlesport Center rents kayaks and canoes daily to experienced paddlers. Atlantic Kayak Tours runs tours and instructional programs for all levels Saturday and Sunday. A variety of nature programs are offered on Saturdays during the summer months. Other attractions in the area include the Mills and Vanderbilt mansions, the F.D.R. Home, Library and Museum, and Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site in nearby Hyde Park. Paved park paths and local roads make this area ideal for bicycle touring. A serene wooded area with glimpses of the river provides an ideal location for camping. We have three sites reserved. Restroom facilities and showers are located within walking distance. There are also picnic areas on the bluffs overlooking the Hudson.
Join us for an athletic day hike in this nearby undisturbed forest, and then for a relaxing swim in a natural pool! You are also welcome to just swim and picnic on the grounds. The hidden gem of the Wyanokie Highlands, the Highlands Natural Pool is an Olympic size, stream-fed freshwater pool. It is located adjacent to Norvin Green State Forest, and to the former site of N.J. Audubon's Weis Ecology Center (click here for directions). The Pool grounds include a picnic and barbecue area. There is direct access to a recreation field (including a baseball backstop), volleyball court, ping-pong tables, and over 21 miles of pristine hiking trails in the forest. The pool will be open from 10am to 8pm. Ken will be leading approximately a 4 hr hike at about 10 am. Bring prepared food or barbecue on their grills. Park in the Weis Ecology Center's outer parking lot. $10 per adult, $3 per child, for the day.
Please contact the trip leaders on or after April 18.
We'll be camping at a few of the many wooded sites in the reconstructed Pickerel Point camping area. Walk to the beach and swim, or rent a canoe/kayak/rowboat and tool around Promised Land Lake. The ambitious can bicycle around the lake or explore the Bruce Lake Natural Area. The rest of us will follow the self-guided nature trail around Conservation Island. The campground has brand new facilities - hot showers and flush toilets.
Please contact the trip leaders on or after April 23.
We'll be camping at a group site, right on the Delaware River. Put on your swimsuit, and boat or fish from the boat launch near the campsite. Hikers can climb up the Appalachian Trail to Sunfish Pond, an unspoiled glacial lake, or visit the Mohican Outdoor Center for nearby swimming or boating. On Saturday or Sunday morning, Ken may lead an early morning hike. Chemical toilets by the site, flush toilets and showers in another part of the park. Quiet hours are 10 P.M. to 6 A.M.
Please contact the trip leaders on or after April 23.
Come and hike the trails, or walk to the beach to swim in Lake Swartswood. The park rents canoes, rowboats and paddleboats, and the lake is stocked with fish. The area is also great for road cycling, or biking with hybrid and mountain bikes on the nearby Paulinskill Valley Trail. Horseback riding is also available nearby on the Trail. We've reserved a shady group site that holds 20 people, where we can listen to the bullfrogs at night in the nearby duck pond. Earplugs are highly recommended for a good night's sleep. Outhouses at the site, flush toilets and showers at the lake. Quiet hours are 10 P.M. to 6 A.M.
Please contact the trip leaders on or after May 21.
Camp behind the dunes on this beautiful barrier island off the coast of Maryland. Wonderful wild ponies share the island with people! We have reserved an oceanside group site for the weekend. Vehicles can drive up near the site, unload, and park close by. There is a boardwalk to access the site. We can also meet at the canoe/kayak rental lot, and paddle on the calm bay side of the island. This trip is a longer drive than most. Join us for the long weekend! Cold showers and chemical toilets in the national park, hot showers in the adjacent state park. $15 entrance fee per vehicle. To arrange carpooling, contact a trip leader ASAP.
Please contact the trip leaders on or after June 4.
In the heart of the Catskills, Woodland Valley is a narrow rugged valley surrounded by some of the region's highest peaks: Panther, Slide, Cornell and Wittenburg. A trail from the campground leads to Slide Mountain. Hiking, mountain climbing, and bicycling. Near Woodstock. Quiet hours are 10 P.M. to 7 A.M. Flush toilets and hot showers.
Please contact the trip leaders on or after July 7.
Camp in the largest county park in Westchester (4,700 acres). You can bicycle on the park's roads, hike the trails or ride a horse. The Trailside Museum has specimen animals, Native American artifacts and an exhibit about the Leatherman. A nearby garden contains over 100 varieties of wildflowers. Birdwatching is also a popular activity. Some campsites have a lean-to with a fireplace. You can sleep in the lean-to, pitch your tent nearby or just visit for the day. The bathrooms have toilets but no showers.
Please contact the trip leaders on or after July 2.