Hide in the wooded hills of New York with your favorite fur-baby at Bear Spring Mountain. This campground is located inside the Catskill Forest Preserve and really lets visitors get back to nature. Better yet, work is currently underway to clear and clean up many of the campsites at this facility, meaning it will only be better in the years to come!
You'll have access to 41 campsites at Bear Spring Mountain, some of which are wheelchair accessible and many of which are dog-friendly. A few of the larger pull-through sites do not welcome woofers, so be aware of that when you book. Camping permits are required here and cost $18 a night for New York residents and an additional $5 per night for those visiting from elsewhere.
There are two different camping loops at this facility, the main one being the Launt Pond Area and the smaller being the Spruce Grove Area. The Spruce Grove Area is a short drive away from the front office and offers pit toilets instead of ones that flush. At the Launt Pond Area, you will find a group picnic spot complete with grills along with hot showers, a dump station, and a place to dispose of your garbage.
While here, visitors enjoy hanging out by the peaceful water which allows canoes and kayaks but no motorized watercraft. Swimming is allowed in the designated area only, so watch for the signs! There are many great trails here that wind through the forest, making the grounds popular among horse riders, but we have a feeling your pupper will enjoy a hike as well.
Speaking of doggos, this property welcomes pooches as long as they are contained through their stay. This means that on your campsite, you may use a long lead or another means of keeping them from venturing to other sites, but when you head out for a walk, be sure to leash your woofer on a standard lead. You'll also need to provide proof of rabies vaccination before your dog is allowed inside the campground. Also, it's important to clean up after your pup and keep them out of the picnic area, swimming area, and any buildings on the premises.
If you'd like to get out into a true New York forest, Bear Spring Mountain is an excellent place to camp.