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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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July 29-August 1, Camping Trip, Sandy Hook Gateway National Recreation Area, Highlands NJ
Join Campers' Group for a summertime camping trip at the Jersey Shore! We will be camping at the Sandy Hook Gateway National Recreation Area from Thursday, August 3rd through Sunday August 6th. We have reserved all 10 sites in Loops A and B at Camp Gateway. Bathrooms and a potable water source are nearby. There are no showers at the campsites. Public showers are located at the nearby Sandy Hook beaches. Sandy Hook itself contains historic areas and other attractions, including the Sandy Hook Lighthouse, Fort Hancock, several beaches, Sandy Hook Bay kayaking, bike paths, and nature trails. Various maps are available here. Nearby are the Jersey shore communities of Sea Bright, Monmouth Beach and Long Branch. Asbury Park and Red Bank are a short drive. RSVPs are per tent, not per person. When you RSVP on Meetup please post a comment indicating who else will be in your tent, if anyone. Additionally, Sandy Hook charges a $15 entrance fee per vehicle. One car is allowed to park at each site, and there is overflow parking within a short walk, however, we hear the parking lot fills quickly on weekends. You may have to park remotely if you leave your spot, or arrive on Saturday. Car pooling and tent sharing is encouraged. Click here for ferry service from NYC. There are very limited provisions at Sandy Hook. Please have everything you need before arriving on the island. As this will be our first time in this campground we may not be able to answer all your questions. Pets are not allowed on our sites. You are encouraged to visit this Sandy Hook website for any questions you may have. Also, find information on the latest alerts and conditions here. Please note that we cannot control the weather, traffic, rare beach closings, or the occasional wait to get into a crowded park on the weekends. We strongly recommend that you arrive on Thursday or Friday, and early!

RSVPs are per tent, not per person. To reserve a spot, send a check for $57 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 $58.98 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.
 
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August 6-8, Camping Trip, Cedar Creek, Bayville NJ
We will be down near the shore for camping, paddling, and exploring this interesting area. RSVPs are per tent, not per person. 2 tents and 1 car are allowed per site. Additional parking is nearby. Our sites are dog friendly. Please confirm the breed and provide a rabies vaccination certificate for the office.
Cedar Creek is a truly unique paddling experience for newbies and experienced paddlers alike. The Cedar Creek water color is tea colored because of tannic acid from the roots of the cedars lining the river banks. A canopy of trees covers you as you paddle. You will not see a riff of white water, but you will experience a strong, steady current, flowing through twists and turns and jug handle bends. From its headwaters in Greenwood Forest Management Area to its mouth at Barnegat Bay, Cedar Creek provides the water required for cranberry culture and supplies a pure source of water for wildlife. Adjacent bogs and uplands provide examples of plants characteristic to the Pine Barrens. Almost 89% of the Cedar Creek drainage area is forested land. Habitats of this waterway, typical to the Pine Barrens, include Atlantic white cedar swamps, bogs (including cranberry bogs), pine and oak forests, and coastal salt marshes. Throughout this beautiful watershed, you will find wildlife and unique plant species. There is also some easy to moderate hiking in the area.
IMPORTANT! All participants MUST follow precautionary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, such as social distancing, wearing a mask whenever needed, using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, and no sharing of food or other items. And of course, if you are experiencing any COVID symptoms, please stay home.
We have reserved all the sites in the C section, C1 - C15. They are campsites for tents or hammocks only. The sites have sandy soil, are forested and fairly private. RSVPs are per tent/hammock, not per person. Parking is limited to 1 car per site, but additional parking is available close by. There is a short walk to hot showers and restrooms. This is a RAIN OR SHINE event.
Cedar Creek Campground also rents kayaks and canoes, and will transport you up stream (6 miles only). After you finish paddling, there is no waiting for the van to shuttle you back. You simply arrive right back at the campground.
Kayak/canoe rates: http://cedarcreekcampground.com/kayak-canoe/#kayak
The campground will need to know prior to the trip if you will need to rent a kayak. You must call their office at 732-269-1413 to reserve a kayak and shuttle. This is only for the 1 hour paddle. We are making arrangements with another outfitter for a longer paddle, for those who are interested. Some of us may have an extra kayak and paddle to loan (but you must have your own PFD if not renting). Please bring them so we can create our own river trip (a length of our choosing).
To reserve a spot, send a check for $64.25 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 $62 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.
 
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August 12-22, Camping Trip, Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor ME
One of the nation's most beloved parks, Acadia protects a patch of coastal Maine where the north woods tumble down to meet the wild Atlantic. The first national park east of the Mississippi River sprawls across half of Mount Desert Island, with small portions on smaller islands and the mainland. Activities will include excellent hiking, biking, paddling, sightseeing and more.
There is a shuttle bus every half hour from Bar Harbor Campground for the 7 minute ride to the visitor center where we can catch other shuttles to town or other parts of the park.
Some of us will drive up on Wednesday 8/11 to Bar Harbor Campground in order to make the necessary on site reservations starting on Thursday morning. Thursday or as late as Saturday, let us know when you will be able to drive up to join us.
We will be staying at Bar Harbor Campground for 8 nights, Thur 8/12 through Thur 8/19 (checkout Fri 8/20), and Desert of Maine Campground in Freeport ME, Fri 8/20 and Sat 8/21 (checkout Sun 8/22) on the way back. This campground has over 100 tent sites with hot showers for .25 for 5 minutes. The sites are first come, first served however, so a few of us will need to be there Thursday morning to reserve sites for everyone in our group. 2 tents with 2 adults but only 1 car is allowed per site. CARPOOLING IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED. The sites are pet friendly (as well as most of the Acadia trails), but you must check with a host if your dog can join us.
To immediately reserve a spot, please pay $77.50 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip. You can instead send a check for $75 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 and RSVPs open, you will be added to the RSVP list. RSVPS ARE PER TENT, NOT PER PERSON. There is a additional $3 per person/per night charge for more than 2 adults on a site at Bar Harbor Campground.
 
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August 26-29, Camping Trip, Cape Cod Camping, North Truro MA
We'll be camping on the outer Cape, just south of Provincetown! Enjoy the beach, hiking, and scenic bicycling in this beautiful area, or do some exploring in town.
We'll be camping, nestled in the pines, at North of Highlands Campground. It is only a short 1/2 mile walk to Head of the Meadow Beach. Fun and funky Provincetown is a 7 mile bike ride from camp. The campground provides clean bathroom and shower facilities, a laundry room, camp store and recreation hall.
We made the best effort to have our campsites grouped in one area, however, the campground determines final locations upon check-in. First come first served, and carpooling is recommended. RSVPs are per person, NOT per tent. The park allows only 4 adults per site. We have prepaid for 2 parking spots per site. Sorry, no campfires at the sites, but we can get a permit to have a campfire on the beach! Check-in prior to 9 PM on your scheduled date of arrival. This is a RAIN OR SHINE event!
To reserve a spot, send a check for $75 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 $77.50 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.
 
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August 27-29, Camping Trip, Promised Land State Park, Canadensis PA
We will be camping at several 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 new facilities - hot showers and flush toilets. Each site has been graded with gravel, and accommodates only 2 tents each, so please share if possible. 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 $33.25 made out to Campers' Group, to: Campers' Group, 48 S. High Street Mt. Vernon, NY 10550. Once the event host or group organizer is notified of receipt of your check, you will be added to the wait list, when/if RSVPs are open, you will be added to the "going" list. For immediate inclusion, pay $35 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.
 
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September 3-6, Camping Trip, Lake Ocquittunk, Stokes St. Forest, Sandyston NJ
Join us for a Labor Day Weekend car camping trip at Lake Ocquittunk campground in Stokes State Forest. We will plan easy, moderate or strenuous hikes in various areas of this large park. Paddling is permitted on the small lake, but there are no rentals on site. Swimming is not allowed at this time. We have reserved all 12 campsites around the Lake. There is a bath house with private showers and flush toilets within walking distance from our sites.
To immediately reserve a spot, please pay $38.00 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip. You can instead send a check for $36.60.00 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 and RSVPs open, you will be added to the RSVP list. RSVPS ARE PER TENT, NOT PER PERSON.

 
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September 9-13, Canoe/Kayak Camping Trip, Indian Lake Islands, Indian Lake NY
Beautiful, wild, forested islands offering wilderness camping and some of the best recreational boating in the Adirondacks, Indian Lake Islands Campground is located on the southern shore of 4,365-acre Indian Lake. The opportunity to camp on an island or along the shore of Indian Lake makes this one of the most popular camping destinations in the Adirondacks. All of the large, well-forested campsites offer privacy. Indian Lake Islands Campground offers a variety of recreational opportunities, including canoeing and boating, hiking, fishing, and picnicking.
Here is the campground map and guide and a helpful kayak camping gear guide.
Canoes and kayaks can be rented near the beach or campground office on the mainland. It is approximately a 2 mile paddle from the boat launch to our island. All paddlers are required to wear a proper fitting PFD (life jacket). Each site has a picnic table and firepit, and is limited to 6 individuals or two tents. RSVPs are per tent, NOT per person. Please try to share to allow more to attend. Pit toilets are available on the island. A new shower/bath house is available for use near the boat launch.
It will be important to plan your packing carefully. If kayaking in, pack very light, as if backpacking. If paddling a canoe, more equipment can be taken (checklist).
Firewood can be purchased at the campground or at a local vendor, and then will need to be transported across the lake in a boat to the campsites.
There will be little or NO cell service on the lake. A short drive from the boat launch may be needed to make a cell call. There is a pay phone at adjacent Lewey Lake Campground.
*** RSVPs are per tent, NOT per person. Please try to share to allow more to attend. ***
A NY State fishing license (purchased in town) is required for anyone over age of 16. Licenses are NOT available for purchase at campground.
The address listed here is not the exact location of the boat launch parking lot on Lewey Lake Campsite Road. GPS coordinates are: 43.651841, -74.387662
Check-in starts at 12:00 pm on Thursday, check-out is 11:00am Monday. You are welcome to arrive any time Thursday or Friday, but when arriving you must get packed and be ready to paddle to get to a campsite before dark. When you RSVP, you are paying for the 4-night weekend.
To join, you must RSVP and pay $59.90 on the Meetup.com page for this event.
 
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September 10-12, Camping Trip, AMC Harriman Outdoor Center, Haverstraw NY
The Stephen and Betsy Corman AMC Harriman Outdoor Center is an ideal destination for anyone looking for hiking, paddling, and camping opportunities in the heart of Harriman State Park at Breakneck Pond. Harriman State Park, New York's second largest park, is located 30 miles from Manhattan and accessible by public transportation. We have reserved 2 campgrounds with 4 or 5 platforms or leantos each. Each site will accommodate 2 small tents each, plus hammocks. (Small tents only please, 4-person or smaller.) Please bring a small tent or hammock. Kayak, canoes and swimming are free; meals in the dining hall are an additional charge.
To join, you must RSVP and pay $37.25 on the Meetup.com page for this event.
 
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September 17-19, Camping Trip, Atsion Family Campground, Shamong NJ
Join us for paddling and car camping at Atsion Lake in the Pine Barrens! We have reserved several sites at Atsion Family Campground. Flush toilets and showers are available near our sites. Our Saturday paddling trip may be on the Batsto River near our camping location on Atsion Lake, in Wharton State Forest. The Batsto River is a narrow, winding Pine Barrens river with clean cool water and small areas to pull out for a break or picnic. We will end the day with a half mile paddle where the river opens into a lake formed by the dam at Batsto Village. You can bring a kayak or rent one from the outfitter that will transport us to the launch site on the river. Kayaks of 12 feet in length and under can more easily maneuver in this part of the Batsto. Trip length is approximately 4-5 hours, based on the average trip length of beginner to intermediate paddlers out for a relaxing paddle. *Changing river conditions such as weather, water levels, underwater obstacles and fallen trees can make this trip moderately challenging depending upon the paddler's level of experience and physical condition. Anyone without a PFD (personal flotation device) or not wearing it securely, zipped and buckled, at any times when on the river will not be permitted to paddle with us, NO exceptions.
RSVPS ARE PER TENT, NOT PER PERSON.
To join, you must RSVP and pay $34.52 on the Meetup.com page for this event.
 
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September 17-20, Camping Trip, North/South Lake State Park, Haines Falls NY
North-South Lake is the biggest and most popular state campground in the Catskill Forest Preserve, offering extraordinary scenic beauty. Two lakes are located within the campground. Join us on one of our sites on or near North Lake. The surrounding mountains contain numerous hiking trails, which lead to spectacular overlooks, waterfalls, and historic sights, such as Sunset Rock, Alligator Rock, North Point, Kaaterskill Falls, and the former site of the Catskill Mountain House. On a clear day, five states are visible from some overlooks. Intermediate to advanced hiking is available. Some trails can be accessed with a short walk from our campsites to trail heads. Paddling is available on the lakes. Launch near one of our lakeside sites, or from the nearby beach, where there is swimming and boat rentals available. Hot showers and flush toilets are also available nearby.
RSVPS ARE PER TENT, NOT PER PERSON.
To join, you must RSVP and pay $27.50 on the Meetup.com page for this event.
 
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September 24-26, Camping Trip, Belleplain State Forest, Woodbine NJ
The forested acres of Belleplain State Forest include stands of young pine, oak and Atlantic white cedar. Several short and longer hikes are available with little elevation. Lake Nummy is a popular paddling and fishing area, and where we will be camping! Our lakefront campsites have fire rings and picnic tables. Flush toilets, showers, and laundry facilities are within walking distance.
*** There will be No Swimming for the 2021 Season. The Concession Stand will also be closed. Kayak and Canoe Rentals will still be available. If you have any questions, you may call the office at 609.861.2404. ***
Belleplain is 30 minutes from Cape May, and as little as 15 minutes from beautiful inlets and other paddling locations.
To immediately reserve a spot, please pay $28.00 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip. RSVPS ARE PER TENT, NOT PER PERSON.
 
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October 1-3, Camping Trip, Worlds End State Park, Forksville PA
Worlds End State Park, situated in a narrow S-shaped valley of the Loyalsock Creek, is surrounded by the Loyalsock State Forest. The 780-acre park offers visitors diverse recreational opportunities within a pristine environment. The rugged natural beauty coursing through the heart of the Endless Mountains landscape provides many photographic possibilities. Hiking, swimming, wildlife watching and more is available in this bucolic area. We have reserved 10 campsites in the family campground.
To join, you must RSVP and pay $34.52 on the Meetup.com page for this event.
Please contact the trip leaders on or after August 2.
 
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October 8-11, Camping Trip, Ricketts Glen State Park, Benton PA
This beautiful park overflows with waterfalls (the 94-foot Ganoga Falls is the highest of 22 named waterfalls), and has 26 miles of hiking trails. Nearly all of the waterfalls are visible from the Falls Trail, which has been called "the most magnificent hike in the state" and one of "the top hikes in the East." There is also a lake for swimming and boating. You can rent a canoe, kayak, rowboat or paddleboat. Our campsites are in the big loop next to Lake Jean. The Park allows one vehicle and up to 5 people on each campsite. If you have more than one vehicle, there is additional parking a short walk from the campsites. Campsites are near bathrooms with toilets and hot showers. Click here for the campground map and brochure.
To join, you must RSVP and pay $34.26 on the Meetup.com page for this event.
Please contact the trip leaders on or after August 9.
 
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Sunday, October 17, Bike Trip, NJ to NY Along the Hudson River, Jersey City NJ
Bicycling along the Hudson River is very scenic, and can be a great workout! Join us for this intermediate ride of approximately 35 miles that begins in Jersey City and ends in Battery Park NYC. This is not a beginner ride. A steady pace of about 12 to 15 mph will be maintained between stops. A hybrid or road/touring bike is appropriate for this ride, NOT a mountain bike. Meet us at 10:00am in the parking lot along the southern end of Liberty State Park, GPS coordinates 40.697174, -74.064280. (Some city dwellers may want to join us during the ride on the Manhattan side.) We'll ride through Flag Plaza to view the Statue of Liberty, and then continue north on the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway through Liberty State Park, enjoying an incredible view of downtown NYC. Then it's on to downtown Jersey City, including Exchange Place and Newport, riding mostly on the walkway. We'll then continue to Hoboken, Pier A and Pier C, and it's other recreational waterfront areas. We can stop for a bite of lunch or just ride north out of town and along the Hudson, now on the northern section of the Waterfront Walkway, but occasionally on River Rd where necessary. The most difficult section of the ride comes when we climb the steep hill toward the George Washington Bridge. When crossing the Hudson, riding on the GWB pedestrian walkway will give us a fantastic view of the river and city. After leaving the bridge, we then connect with the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway, stopping along the way to take in the views, and continue to ride south into Riverside Park, then Hudson River Park, and finally Battery Park. We can end our day there, or stop at a restaurant or another popular spot. Some may then ride home to their neighborhood in the city, and others will take the ferry back to Jersey City to ride back to their cars.
We'll meet in the parking lot before Flag Plaza and Liberty State Park, GPS coordinates 40.697174, -74.064280. Take NJ Turnpike exit 14B to Bayview Ave, which turns into Morris Pesin Dr. You can also try to join us during the ride on the Manhattan side. Please RSVP on the Meetup page for this event.
Please contact the trip leaders on or after August 30.
 
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October 20-November 2, Camping Trip, Key West Fantasy Fest, Dry Tortugas, Bahia Honda and Florida Everglades!, Key West FL
This 14 day adventure will start with 2 nights of car camping (Oct 20th & 21st) at Bahia Honda State Park in the Florida Keys. Enjoy beautiful beaches, water sports, hiking, bicycling, sunsets and star gazing!
On Oct 22nd at 6:30 a.m. in Key West, we will board a high speed catamaran for a 3 hour ride to camp in Dry Tortugas National Park for 2 nights (Oct 22nd and 23rd). This small remote island park is about 70 miles west of Key West, has excellent snorkeling and kayaking, amazing sunsets and star gazing, and a 19th century fort to explore!
We will return around dinner time on Oct 24th to Key West, then drive to nearby Boyd's Campground for 7 nights of car camping (Oct 24 - Oct 30th). Our stay at Boyd's coincides with Fantasy Fest, the premier masking and costuming extravaganza, like nothing else you have ever seen. The festival encompasses more than 60 parties, costumed marches, street fairs, and glamorous balls, as well as the show-stopping Fantasy Fest parade!
On Oct 31st, we drive to Flamingo Campground in the Florida Everglades National Park for 3 nights of camping (Oct 31st - Nov 2nd). We will attempt to get the first come, first served remote sites, accessed by canoe/kayak, either on the beach or on chickee huts, built for camping in the mangrove forests. If not available, we will stay at the group car camping sites.
Included in the price is the cost of all campsites and the ferry to and from Dry Tortugas. Not included in the price is all other transportation costs (to and from Florida, around Key West, to and from Bahia Honda and the Everglades), food, camping equipment, entertainment, parking (approx. $100 per car for Dry Tortugas), car rental, kayak rentals and park entry fees (approx. $30 per car for Everglades).
To join the entire event, you must RSVP and pay $787.55 on the Meetup.com page. You may also be able to choose to attend and pay for a portion of this trip. This will be posted.
 
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October 22-24, Camping Trip, Camp Taylor Campground and Lakota Wolf Preserve, Columbia NJ
Located in the beautiful mountains of Northwest New Jersey, Camp Taylor is adjacent to the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and Appalachian Trail. Their large wooded sites and miles of hiking trails offer a unique opportunity to reconnect with nature. The howling of wolves, which can be heard while sitting at your campfire, reinforces the feeling of a remote wilderness setting. The Lakota Wolf Preserve, located on the campground, offers educational talks and excellent photo opportunities. Wolf Watches begin at 10:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., and last 60-75 minutes. Registration begins 1/2 hour before tour start times. Tours cost $15 for adults and $7 for kids up to 11 years old, plus tax.
To join, you must RSVP and pay $57.49 on the Meetup.com page for this event.
Please contact the trip leaders on or after August 23.
 
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