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Kenneth L. Wilson DEC Campground
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July 25, 2014
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I camped at the Kenneth L. Wilson DEC Campground last night and absolutely loved it. http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/24472.html I stayed in Loop C and the campsites were well spaced and flat. The restrooms were well above expectations. Super clean. I even used the shower facilities this morning and they were also very clean and well maintained.

The campground is located in Mt. Tremper, NY. From Beacon, I took 84 west to 87 north (NYS Thruway). I got off at the Kingston exit and took 28 for the majority of the rest of the way. It took about an hour to get there. It is located near some really cool hikes (that shamefully I did not do). The trial head for Mt. Tremper 5 miles from the campgrounds and the hike to the summit is 2.85 miles. The trail head to Overlook Mountain is in nearby Woodstock (15 minute ride). You can also drive to Wittenberg/Cornell/Slide Mountains, which are about 30 minutes away.

The campground itself has a few short trails. The popular one is the Nature Trail. I took a pass on it and went to look for the blue trail that was supposed to be near by campsite. I found one blazed tree and that was it, lol. I decided to grill and drink beer instead. The actual campground is picturesque. Some shots I took:

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If you are looking to camp and hike some of the easier Catskill mountains, I would highly recommend Kenneth L. Wilson. It was quiet and clean. I was warned that they recently had some bear issues because of some careless campers. They had thrown food in the bushes and left garbage out overnight. As a result they had two black bears come into the camp sites. One was 375 pounds and was caught and removed. The other is a young 75 lb bear that is still roaming around. I did not see any sign of him. Just be smart and don't leave food and garbage out when you are not at your campsite. I locked everything in my car when I was away from my site.

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July 25, 2014
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I forgot to mention the two ponds at the campgrounds, Upper and Lower Pond. Let's just say that they are very "pondy" LaughSwimming isn't allowed but I highly doubt anyone would want to if it were. You can rent a canoe, but I am not sure what you would see. The ponds are tiny. You can fish, but I think the chances of catching something are slim to none.

The other thing worth mentioning is the campground's proximity to Woodstock, NY. If you have never been to this beautiful little town, it is worth the visit. They have a bunch of neat stores full of crafts, tie dyed shirts, antiques, art, and things that bring back memories of college WinkLaugh

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July 29, 2014
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This is really great information, Ed!  Thanks so much for taking the time to share your experiences and pictures.  Never been here before - looks like a great spot.

July 29, 2014
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Mike said
This is really great information, Ed!  Thanks so much for taking the time to share your experiences and pictures.  Never been here before - looks like a great spot.

You're welcome. This is a great place to stay if you want to knock out a few Catskills hikes over a couple of days Smile

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August 18, 2015
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Hello? Is this thing on?

We stayed here last weekend and loved it. Our previous family camping experiences had been at tourist filled KOAs...notthattheresanythingwrongwiththat...so this was a much better 'true' camping experience. We stayed in Loop A and it was quiet even though the campground was full. There was a large group of couples across from us that pitched tents on individual sites but congregated around one fire. We thought they might be loud, but they were fine. I was impressed that campground staff came around to make sure everyone was where they were supposed to be.

We didn't get in any hiking either, we had plans to do the Mt. Tremper fire tower but spent too much time in nearby Phonicia (where we had AMAZING pizza at Brio's). There was also a large ominous looking thunderstorm hovering overhead that scared us off.

We already have plans to go back in a few weeks.

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