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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.

You can also join us on meetup.com or like us on Facebook.

Here are some of our upcoming events:


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Saturday, July 26, Meeting, REI in Soho, Manhattan NY
Join us at 11am to finish planning the fall schedule, and to start working on the winter. We will also discuss the leadership change happening September 1st.
We are meeting in REI's community room. With REI's projector, you'll be able to see the schedule come together on a big screen. You are also welcome to have lunch with us afterwards.
 
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Sunday, July 27, Day Hike, Norvin Green State Forest/Highlands Natural Pool, Ringwood NJ
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.
 
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August 8-10, Camping Trip, Promised Land State Park, Canadensis PA
We'll be camping at four of the many wooded sites, near the lake in the Pickerel Point camping area. Walk or drive 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 may follow the self-guided nature trail around Conservation Island. The campground has brand new facilities - hot showers and flush toilets.. This recently redesigned campground also has newly paved and mostly assigned parking. One (1) parking space is assigned to each campsite, in the small lot by our campsite group. Overflow parking is within walking distance on the campground peninsula. Carpooling is recommended.

To reserve a spot, send a check for $22 (payable to Campers' Group) to Debby Smith, 575 Grand St. #E-1605, NYC 10002, or pay $24 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.
 
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August 22-24, Camping Trip, Worthington State Forest, Columbia NJ
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.

To reserve a spot, send a check for $17 (payable to Campers' Group) to Debby Smith, 575 Grand St. #E-1605, NYC 10002, or pay $17.82 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.
 
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August 29-September 1, Camping Trip, Swartswood State Park, Newton NJ
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.
 
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September 12-15, Camping Trip, Assateague Island National Seashore, Assateague MD
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.
 
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September 26-28, Camping Trip, Woodland Valley State Park, Phoenicia NY
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.
 
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October 11-12, Camping Trip, Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, Cross River NY
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. If you want to visit for the day, you just have to pay the entrance fee to the park ($10/vehicle). The bathrooms have toilets but no showers.
 
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