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.
This is our first in a series of overnight backpacking trips along the Appalachian Trail. This segment will be 12 miles from Elk Pen Lot in Harriman State Park to Bellvale Creamery on NY-17A - for some of the best home-made ice cream in the country! Saturday: Well meet at the Appalachian Trail Parking Lot on NY Route 17A, then shuttle everyone to Elk Pen Lot on Arden Valley Rd. Those arriving by NJ Transit Train in Tuxedo at 10:17am will also be picked up. From Elk Pen Lot, well head southbound along the AT. Well first tackle the ascent at Agony Grind, enjoy the views of Lake Mombasha from Arden and Buchanan Mountains before reaching Mombasha Highpoint. Approx 8.5 miles from the start of our hike, well make camp near Fitzgerald Falls. Depending on the group, we can also decide to press on to the Wild Cat Shelter, which is about 10 miles from the start. Sunday: After Breakfast, we will have a short 2.5-4 mile hike past Cat Rocks and the Eastern Pinnacles rock scrambles before reaching Route 17A. Well then head over to the creamery for some well deserved ice cream before shuttling everyone back to their cars/train. Total Weekend Mileage: Approx 12 miles Difficulty: Strenuous Total Elevation Gain: 3,169 feet Pace: Relaxed with plenty of breaks as required. Note: Intermediate/experienced backpackers only. We are not allowing guests for this trip. All adults must be a Campers Group member to RSVP (free to join). You will need to bring enough food for the trip (1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner and snacks). Along with the usual backpacking gear (i.e. backpack, tent/hammock, sleeping bag, sleeping bag, water filter, backpacking stove, bear bag/canister, map, first aid, etc.)
Well be backpacking the Appalachian Trail (AT) in Harriman State Park, total of 20 Miles. We will cover approx 10 miles per day (7-8 hours of hiking/day) starting from Elk Pen Lot and head North to Bear Mountain Bridge. The plan is to leave cars at the Fort Montgomery Overflow Lot on 9W and shuttle everyone to Elk Pen Lot on the other side of the park. Saturday: Well hike the AT from Elk Pen passed the Lemon Squeezer to the Fingerboard shelter, where we will stop for lunch. Well then continue past Lake Tiorati, cross Seven Lakes Drive, and head up to the Brien Memorial Shelter for the night. Sunday: After breakfast, we will head down Black Mountain, cross the Palisades Parkway and head up to West Mountain. Well have lunch at the shelter before continuing to Bear Mountain. We will visit Perkins Memorial Tower, The Bear Mountain Inn and Zoo before reaching Bear Mountain Bridge. We will then head to Fort Montgomery via a suspended foot bridge over Popolopen Creek. Total Weekend Mileage: Approx 20 miles Difficulty: Strenuous Total Elevation Gain: 4,908 feet Pace: Relaxed with plenty of breaks as required. You will need to bring enough food for the trip (1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner and snacks). As well as the usual backpacking gear (i.e. backpack, tent, sleeping bag, sleeping bag, water filter, backpacking stove, etc.) Please note: I am not allowing guests for this meetup. They must be a Campers Group member to RSVP (free to join). This trip is for intermediate/experienced backpackers only. Getting There: Fort Montgomery State Historic Site 690 Route 9W, Ft.Montgomery, NY GPS Coordinates: 41.328356,-73.987436 Driving Directions: Take the Palisades Interstate Parkway to its terminus at the Bear Mountain Circle. Proceed north on US 9W, cross the bridge over Popolopen Creek (which is currently under construction), the Fort Montgomery State Historic Site will be on the right immediately after the bridge. Do not park at Ft Montgomery, proceed north about 1/4 mile on Route 9W to the overflow parking area on the right side of the road. Well leave some cars here and shuttle to the Elk Pen Lot. NJ Transit Train: We will pickup anyone arriving on the 10:17am train in Tuxedo, NY and bring them to Elk Pen Lot. You can either take a bus back to NYC from Bear Mountain or we can drive you back to Tuxedo train station on Sunday.
Join us and camp on one of the family sites we have reserved in this popular park. When With several activities available and much natural beauty, Hickory Run State Park has been one of our favorite spots for many years. Enjoy hiking and waterfalls near the campground, and swimming in Sand Spring Lake. Hiking the provocatively named Shades of Death Trail is far more enjoyable than the name implies! Tranquil Mud Run is just a few miles from the campground, and beautiful Hawk Falls is also close by. For a longer hike, you can go to Boulder Field, a National Natural Landmark that was created by frost heave during the last ice age. There is also bicycling on the nearby Lehigh Gorge State Park Trail. Our sites are secluded, walk-in, but only a very short distance from parking. Because of limited physical space on these campsites, we are having everyone RSVP for a tent spot, not per person, so tent sharing is encouraged, but not required. Flush toilets and hot showers are in the campground. SPACE IS LIMITED - RSVPS ARE PER TENT, NOT PER PERSON. SHARING IS ENCOURAGED! To reserve a spot for one tent, send a check for $40.50 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 $41.89 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.
Our friends at Thendara Mountain Club have invited us to stay the weekend at their rustic lodge in Harriman State Park. The lodge (built 1929) has heat, electricity, a full kitchen, indoor mens and womens washrooms with hot showers, and bathrooms about 50 ft from the lodge. There are seven bedrooms with 2-4 cots each (rooms are shared). There is also a campsite on the property, and a screened-in bunk house for outdoor sleeping. (First come, first served for camping, bunkhouse and lodge bedroom space.) The Lodge has a big main room with fireplace, comfortable seating, eating table and screened in porch. The weekend includes Saturday breakfast, Saturday night dinner, Sunday breakfast and a Sunday bag lunch.
Arrive Friday evening for an early departure to hike in Sams Point and to the Ice Caves in the Shawangunks Saturday morning. This hike will be a 10.3 mile loop with 1403 ft of elevation. Even if there is no ice remaining in the caves, we will visit Verkeerder Falls, High Point and the Lookout tower site via the Escarpment Trail, Indian Rock via the Bog boardwalk, and more. This hike is not for beginners. Bring a traction device like microspikes for your boots, if you have them, just in case. After the hike we will return to camp for a relaxing happy hour in front of the fire! Dinner will be provided by the Thendara host for this weekend. Diet restrictions can usually be accommodated - just be sure to tell the host when you RSVP. If sleeping in the lodge, you will need to bring a sleeping bag or sheets and pillowcase. There are wool blankets and pillows available. If the campsite is available you may instead be able to camp, or sleep out in the bunkhouse. There will also be a local hike on Sunday starting at 11am from camp. 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.
The total cost will be $50, which will cover meals and lodging. If it is your first time at Thendara, you will be refunded $8, if camping, another $2. (We only have one payment method here, so you will have to pay the full amount (online) and be reimbursed when you arrive.) To reserve a spot, send a check for $50 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 $51.75 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.
Fairview Lake YMCA Camp is a very special camping experience! Just set up at our very private and large waterfront group site, and the camp will provide organized programs for the group, or you can arrange to hike on your own. The camp sits on mile-long Fairview Lake in Northwestern New Jersey. Their 600 acres adjoin the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, providing access to the Appalachian Trail, the Delaware River, unlimited hiking possibilities and breathtaking views. A fleet of canoes, rowboats and kayaks offer a wide variety of water activities. This is a great weekend for kids!
The camp will schedule, just for our group, swimming, boating, hiking, indoor and outdoor climbing wall sessions, low and high ropes courses, archery, arts and crafts, and other activities. We have reserved a large camping area near the far side of the lake with a fire ring, tables, bathroom and showers, and even unheated cabin/shelters we can occupy if the weather doesnt totally cooperate!
To reserve a spot, send a check for $55 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 $56.81 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.
Well 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 we may hike up to Sunfish Pond. 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 for one tent, send a check for $33 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 $34.17 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.
Join us for a river camping adventure! This outing requires that you either have a canoe or kayak, or privately arrange with an outfitter to rent one. For those of us with a river-worthy canoe or kayak we will be meeting at the Bushkill, PA Delaware River Access at 8:00 A.M. We will then take the free shuttle service to Dingmans Ferry PA where we will pack up and get on the river. If you are arranging to rent a canoe/kayak, you will need to be ready to go from the Dingmans Ferry Boat Access at 10:00 am. We will paddle for anywhere from 2-5 hours depending on water levels, wind, group abilities and amount of non paddling time. Camping will be on a primitive site in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. These sites contain no amenities other than a fire ring. Day two will again consist of between 2-5 hours of paddling to the Bushkill River Access where our cars will be waiting. You will be required to bring all items needed to camp, such as a tent, sleeping bag, food, water etc. Everything will need to be packed in your canoe/kayak. Sharing of boats, equipment and supplies, etc. need to be preplanned and prearranged. There are no options for purchasing items while on the River.
This section of the Delaware contains mostly class I rapids and possibly some class II rapids depending upon the water level. You need to have some river paddling experience. There is an inherent risk with river boating. Wearing a PFD (life vest) is required at all times in the water. NO exceptions. You will be required to sign a waiver of liability and provide an emergency contact. Poor weather forecast or poor river conditions will cause this trip to be cancelled or postponed. To RSVP for this trip, you must pay $10.59 via PayPal on meetup.com.
Join us for an intermediate 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 The New Weis Center for Education, Arts & Recreation (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 3-4 hr hike at 10am. Bring prepared food or barbecue on their grills. If little room is left in the smaller inner lot, please park in the Weis Centers main parking lot on the right, near the end of Snake Den Rd. $10 per adult, $3 per child, for the day, paid when you arrive. We can occupy the grounds between 10am and 8pm. Please RSVP on meetup.com.
Join us for a great paddling and hiking weekend! Eagle Point Campground is located on the west shore of 4,230-acre Schroon Lake in the Adirondacks, about a half hour drive north of Lake George. The nine-mile-long, one-and-a-half-mile-wide, 152-foot-deep lake is paradise to all boaters. A variety of boating is available on Schroon and other lakes in the area. Inexpensive boat rentals and a boat launch are in the campground. If you have your own, motorboats, rowboats, canoes and kayaks are welcome at the park. For anglers, fish include lake trout, landlocked salmon, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike, yellow perch, bullhead, and pickerel. An abundant amount of hiking is available at nearby Pharaoh Lake Wilderness, Hoffman Notch Wilderness and Vanderwacker Mountain Wild Forest. The campground has a beach, and the area is also popular for bicycling. Restaurants, antique shops, gift stores, and various craft shops are nearby in the quaint town of Schroon Lake. We have 4 sites reserved near the lake, but they can accommodate only 2 tents each, or 8 total, so please share if possible. RSVPs are per tent, not per person.
To reserve a spot for one tent, send a check for $31 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 $32.14 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.