Camping is a long-held tradition in Woodstock. Throughout Woodstock’s history, a tradition of camping and being in nature has been an integral part of the small Catskill Mountain town. Whether you are camping in an RV, a tent, or even a sleeping bag on the ground. Camping in Woodstock is an experience all can enjoy.
If you are looking for a great campsite near Woodstock New York, look no further than Camp Goat Hill. Our Campground located near Woodstock, NY is the perfect spot for a weekend camping getaway. Our campsites are a perfect mix of convenience and nature.
Each of our 5 unique campsites were built with care and include several amenities you may find useful. Each of our campsites in Saugerties includes; a wood stove, tent with its own deck, a queen-sized bed, picnic table, hammock, and outhouse.
Our campground is located on Goat Hill Road, right in the middle of Saugerties and Woodstock.
For more info on booking a tent at our campground…
History of Woodstock New York
Woodstock has a rich history and has garnered a lot of attention over the years. In large part due to the famous music festival held in 1969, which was actually held in Bethel, NY, a small town located 1.5 hours away.
Before being officially settled in 1787, Woodstock, New York, like much of the Catskill Mountains were traversed by Native Americans, whose artifacts are still around today. From arrowheads to cairns, and other structures, the legacy of the native Americans still lives on in Woodstock, New York.
By the 19th century, Woodstock New York became a getaway for people trying to escape the hectic life of New York City.
Throughout the 1900s Woodstock and the surrounding areas in the Catskill mountains became a hub for artists of all types. And by the 1960s Woodstock began to develop a music scene that would attract some of the biggest musicians of the late 20th century among them Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, and The Band.
Sites to See While Camping in Woodstock
Over the decades downtown Woodstock has grown to become a tourist attraction, and there are countless reasons to visit the small town located in Ulster County New York. And our nearby Campsites in Saugerties are only one of them.
Woodstock New York’s forests are full of unique plant life, streams, cliff faces, and much much more. From the many ferns that fill the swamps, to the hemlocks on the mountain tops. Camping throughout the Woodstock region is a great natural experience for children and adults alike.
And when you are done camping and hiking, take a walk down Tinker Street. Tinker Street is loaded with many small businesses that are incredibly unique to the area.
Here are some of the main attractions you may want to see while you are in Woodstock New York.
Woodstock’s Overlook Mountain:
Overlook Mountain is a nationwide attraction and offers some of the best views in the Catskill mountains. From the top of overlook you can not only see the nearby town of Saugerties and Kingston NY. On a clear day, you can see as far as Connecticut..
The trail through Overlook extends 4.5 miles and makes a great day long expedition. At the top of the mountain are the remains of Overlook Mountain House, a now-abandoned hotel.
At the foot of the trail is the Karma Triyana Dharmachakra, a Buddhist monastery.
Near the foot of Overlook Mountain is Magic Meadows. A commonplace for local gatherings on full moons, and a great place to visit for a short daytime hike. In fact, many people often hike through Magic Meadows before going up to Overlook Mountain.
Groceries in Woodstock
Some great local grocery stores to visit while camping in Woodstock, NY are:
- Woodstock Meats
- The Cub Market
Other Info on Camping in Woodstock
The forests of Woodstock make for a great place to camp, but there are a few things to keep in mind. And while you are enjoying your stay in a tent in Woodstock, you want to mindful of your surroundings.
The wildlife you may see while camping near Woodstock is very diverse as the Catskill Park encompasses 286,000 acres of nationally protected forests. As you can imagine there is a range of local wildlife.
Some of the more common animals you may run into include squirrels, chipmunks, and a variety of birds.
Rarely you may encounter a black bear grazing for food. But there is no cause for alarm as black bears are generally terrified of people and keep their distance. You may also encounter eagles while camping at our sites.
Very rarely you may run into a Fisher, a small, cut mink-like creature that is known for devouring porcupines.
While there are many porcupines in the area, we have yet to see one on the 40 acres encompassing Camp Goat Hill.
Common Plant Life in Woodstock
While camping you may run into many of the diverse plants that exist in the region. There are many medicinal and edible plants around, but there are a few to watch out for.
Among the plants to keep an eye out for poison ivy. While we try to keep poison ivy out of the area, managing 40 acres is not that simple, so be on the lookout. Keep an eye out for stinging nettles too. A native to the Catskill mountains, nettles are known for causing a temporary burning sensation when they are brushed up against. But no this is no cause for alarm as the pain is only temporary. The pain will likely cease well before you get back to your tent in Woodstock.
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