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Even the rain couldn't ruin this weekend getaway. The spring water source is a short hike back from the campsite, relatively convenient to restock from camp. Thought I heard bears come through overnight, but may have been a lucid dream. Bear can was undisturbed in the morning. First trip to the catskills but will definitely be back!
Yes you can camp on top of the mountain. Yes you can make a cap fire. Yes you can star gaze by the views near the camp. Yes it’s amazing. It take the average hiker about an hour ish to get to camp/ledge view. This one is one of my favs.
We went there to hold every rally with our camping society, the owners were outstanding helping everyone of the year rally members including sitting with us by the campfire. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The campground was clean And neatly manicured it is a lot of fun to go across the street and watch the cows that seem to have been trained to come by the fence and just enjoy interacting with humans.
Camped here on a Thursday night in late September. Only found one designated campsite, which was available, but there’s a lot of good space for dispersed camping right nearby. Access at the end of a long, but well maintained, dirt road. Campsite consists of a fire pit and picnic table. Some litter, not too bad. No toilets. Bugs aren’t an issue. Water access at a lovely nearby pond. Highly recommended. Only giving 4 stars because the best free sites have water pumps and vault toilets, but this is a great camping experience
This was my first time at Mongaup Pond and we loved it. The place was all booked and we got lucky with a cancellation at a premium site on the lake. It is such a beautiful place and so nicely done. The sites are not on top of each other and mostly separated with some kind of brush or bushes. Lots of places to hike and play. It’s was Late September so it was a little to cold to use the lake, but it didn’t matter, we had a great time. Can’t wait to go bback on the Spring.
Just returned from our 5th stay at Mongaup Pond Campground. We love this place and are already looking forward to the next trip. This is a simple spot with very little amenities. They sell wood (except this season due to Covid), rent boats/kayaks and that’s about it. One small beach. Very chill and quiet. No groups or loud campers. It’s all about the outdoors and the beautiful lake. 50/50 tent/RV No cell or WIfi within 25 minutes. Bathrooms throughout the camp are satisfactory, nothing to rave about but are kept clean. One big shower spot that is pretty good with nice hot water. Dogs allowed, must show rabies paperwork.
Staff and fellow campers are always super friendly. Great spot to disconnect and enjoy the outdoors.
I did a 2 night tent camping trip during the week. The check in process was simple and quick, the rangers working were super friendly and helpful. The site I was on backed up to the water. It was beautiful and so easy to launch the kayak right from my site. It was also pretty spacious but it would’ve been a little tight with a second car. (I had a 4 person tent and one car) It was so nice to wake up and watch the eagles flying over the water each morning. The restrooms were close but weren’t distracting with super bright lights or lots of noise. There are a few trailheads that start within the campground. Overall a really easy, quick getaway for a few days. It’s very family friendly. I would definitely go back and recommend it to anyone looking to go camping in the area. There are a few trailheads that start within the campground. One thing to note is that there is zero service in the park, so screenshot or print whatever directions you need and make sure you bring a map as well.
Hard to give an accurate review for normal times, but TallPines works hard to keep it fun even in a pandemic. Great for kids, kinda close to busy roads but close to convenient shopping and local activities when they open back up.