Big Indian, NY

Upper Esopus Creekside Camp

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Camp on the Esopus Creek in the Big Indian-Oliverea Valley surrounded by seven of the highest 3500' Catskill High-Peaks including Slide Mountain, the tallest in the Catskills.

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Winter Ready
This is a Tentrr Signature Site
This site has been selected by our team and set up with the standard Tentrr kit.
This site is located within a state park and includes the standard Tentrr kit. Please see Site Guidelines below for more details.
Partner sites are privately owned sites that may have modern amenities located on the property.
Backcountry sites let you enjoy traditional camping on private land. You need to bring your own tent and supplies.
Site Highlights
Parking On-Site
14 campers
Check in: 12:00
Check out: 11:00
Pet friendly
Rain Guarantee available
Fire ban in effect

Our PRIVATE camp (no other campers) is situated on 100 acres of land in the middle of the Catskill State Park. We are the closest Tentrr site to Slide Mountain, the Catskills tallest peak at 4180 feet. ​A perfect base camp for some of the best hiking in the Catskills, the site is bordered by Forever Wild Forest and is minutes from the trailheads to Balsam, Giant Ledge, Panther, Big Indian, Slide Mountain and dozens more peaks within 30 minutes or so away. Walk to a swimming hole on a winding path through a wildflower meadow blazed with rock cairns along a half mile of private waterfront. Try your luck at catching some wild Brook Trout on the world famous Esopus Creek! Our drive up camp has several tent sites with individual fire rings, as well as a bunkhouse and a leanto for day use. Camp table and cook pit are covered from the elements. The main tent includes 4" thick self-inflating Therm-a-rest MondoKing 3D XXL insulated mats for luxurious comfort rather than the cold and bouncy Coleman air mattresses supplied by most other Tentrr sites. Open WiFi is available at the Campkeeper home a short woods walk away. Seasoned bundled 16" firewood is available by honor box cash payment a few doors up on Brown rd adjacent to the camp entry road.

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Site Guidelines

'Almost' anything goes.  Learn about 'pack-in pack-out/leave no trace camping' and the 'leave nothing but footprints, take nothing but pictures' motto.  Due to local laws, no music or noise louder than 60 decibels is allowed which is about as loud as conversation with 20 people in a restaurant, an office of 20 people speaking or being on the phone, background music typically heard in restaurants and public spaces, an air conditioning unit at 100 feet.  Our site is to be best enjoyed for the sounds that do exist naturally, the many birds singing their song, the babbling Esopus Creek, the rustling leaves on the trees.   Ask questions, I will always answer anything about camping and am thrilled to share my knowledge.

We've had this undeveloped land for 30 years. Like typical NYC'ers we set out to find a weekend escape in 1990. After looking at properties for 2 years we finally found our place. What started out as a wooded lot slowly got cut, trimmed and camped on. Over the years we built many fire rings, made campsites, tapped springs, cut trails. In 1994 we built a leanto and went there (almost) every weekend. We added a bunkhouse in 1996. Now it's time to share it all by adding a Tentrr site ! :-)
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Site Rules
Respect the land and tent as you would your own.
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Respect & Safety
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The Unity Blaze is a symbol that promotes unity in the outdoors and reiterates our commitment to “Treat Everyone, Everywhere, Equally.”
Don't carve your name into anything, or cut down trees. In general, treat the property and all the animals with the utmost respect.
The minimum cleaning fee is $50 and will be charged for leaving a campsite a mess.

Plans change, Mother Nature may not cooperate. We get it.
Choose from different cancellation options at checkout, based on what works best for you and your trip planning.

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