The beloved children's book, "My Side of the Mountain," inspired this Catskill Mountain destination as part of our camping and hiking road trip through the northeastern United States. Around 700,000 acres have been set aside as "forever wild" by the State of New York. Woodland Valley Campground, one of their oldest public parks, made an excellent choice for us to explore the Catskills region.
Woodland Valley Campground
GPS:
42 02 08.65614N, 074 21 43.22229W
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Northeast

Woodland Valley Campground

One of eight New York State campgrounds in the Catskills, Woodland Valley Campground rests at the foot of Slide Mountain, the tallest peak in the Catskills. Woodland Valley Campground offers both camping and day-use experiences with well-maintained facilities and helpful attendants.

Campsite with tent in Catkskills at the Woodland Valley Campground, New York

After a long drive, we pulled in and set up camp, but when a downpour flooded our campsite, we had to move our tent and gear to what little high ground we could find.

Our campsite backed up to the lovely Woodland Valley Stream which gave us several hours of fun on the water the next morning. If interested in fishing (with a license), look for species such as blacknose dace, brook trout, rainbow trout, and sculpin. We saw salamanders, hummingbirds, minnows, and all kinds of insects. With the mist rising off the Woodland Valley Creek at sunrise, the view of the valley downstream had the romance of a Hudson River School painting.

Two girls playin in Woodland Valley Creek near the Woodland Valley Campground in the Catskill Mountains of New York
  • Fishing licenses not sold at campground - purchase online or by phone.
  • Names of all campers must be listed when registering for campsite.
  • Frequent black bear sightings - please dispose of food and garbage properly.
  • Hot showers (timers), dishwashing station, no electric or water hookups.

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Woodland Valley Campground Hikes

With over 300 miles of marked trails in the Catskills, you have plenty of hiking choices ranging from easy to strenuous. From Woodland Valley Campground, hikers can access two popular hiking trailheads: the Slide-Wittenberg Trail (the Burroughs Range) and Woodland Valley-Denning Trail which connects to the Giant Ledge-Panther Mountain Trail. See the Slide Mountain Wilderness trail map in the downloads section of this post.

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Woodstock, New York

About 30 minutes away from camp, we headed into the bohemian-styled town of Woodstock for lunch, laundry, and groceries. We split up and the teens did laundry at the clean, well-lit Woodstock Laundry (which has free WiFi and onsite attendant) while we picked up groceries, deli items, and ice at the nearby friendly Woodstock Meats.

  • Woodstock Laundry:¬†59 Mill Hill Rd, Woodstock, NY 12498
  • Woodstock Meats:¬†57 Mill Hill Road, Woodstock, NY 12498

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Catskill Mountain Pizza

Outdoor patio of Catskill Mountain Pizza in Woodstock, New York

Before heading out for an afternoon hike, we refueled ourselves at the family-owned Catskill Mountain Pizza for a casual lunch of New York style pizza.

  • Address:¬†51 Mill Hill Rd, Woodstock, NY 12498
  • No credit cards - ATM available.
  • Menu offers vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options

Overlook Mountain Trailhead

Three girls at the trailhead of the Overlook Mountain Trailhead, a former carriage road, in Catskill Mountains, New York

On most trails we've hiked, it is about the journey and the destination but the Overlook Mountain Trail is definitely more about the destination, and not as much about the journey. Coming from Woodstock, the trailhead begins at a small parking lot on the right, and you must park between the lines of an official space - or you will find yourself with an expensive parking ticket. If the lot is full (most summer weekends), there is an overflow parking area about 1/2 mile down the road. For the hike, follow the steep gravel carriage road about 1.5 miles to reach the abandoned ruins of the Overlook Mountain House hotel.

After the ruins, you can hike less than a mile more to reach the fire tower for a gorgeous 360-view of the surrounding Catskills. Even if you don't want to climb the tower, the scenic overlook provides breathtaking views of the Hudson River Valley.

  • Trail¬†Length:¬†2.4 miles one-way to fire tower
  • Bring plenty of water
  • Warning: Timber rattlesnake habitat: respect their personal space

Holy Transfiguration of Christ on the Mount

Tucked next door to the Tibetan Buddhist monastery, you will find the Holy Transfiguration of Christ on the Mount, a Western Rite Orthodox chapel. Placed on the national historic registry in 2005, this hand-built, wooden gem was constructed in 1891. The interior contains numerous icons and as well as an altar behind an ornate rood screen - a peaceful respite for prayer after a very full day.

  • Address:¬†325 Meads Mountain Rd, Woodstock, NY 12498

Check-in/out
12:00p/11:00a
Cost/Night*
$20-25
Showers
Hot
Restroom
Flush
Max Ppl/Cars
Visitors Ctr
No
# Sites
70
Open All Year
No
Laundry
No
Elevation
1368
1319 Woodland Valley Rd.
Phoenicia
New York
12464
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Aug 15, 2020
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