Avoid Weekends

This was a truly great campground, but it’s proximity to NYC draws large crowds on weekends.

The staff was friendly and helpful. I scooped out my spot via several different websites prior to coming. A lot of complaints that up front the sites were too close together and this was true, but more towards the back was more spacious and private sites.

I did enjoy this campground. The taconic mountains offer some great flora and fauna. We had several species of frogs and toads wandering about in the evening, giant millipedes were plenty, and even found a meet on our hike.

Some great hiking here as well. Sunset rock was an adventure but a blast and nearby is the main attraction Bash Bish Falls, which you take a short hike across state lines into Mass.

Overall this was my take. Very nice campground, but I’d avoid weekends. Not all, but some other campers were less than considerate of others and those who were at the site before us left a mess and threw their food into the fire pit. Still worth the trip.

I fell in love with this place

As I sat having by my coffee, watching steam rise from the pond, I listened to the distant calls of Loons.

I’d describe this campground as a hidden gem, but it’s not for everyone. To get here you leave the paved road and take a gravel road a little ways. On our way we spotted a group of Turkeys wandering about. This campground is for the adventurous. No electric or water hook ups (for RVs) and no shower facilities, but there are restrooms.

Staff was friendly and helpful. Helped me pick out a site and made sure I was good once I set up. Bring or rent a Canoe and you can travel out to an island in the middle of the pond from which families jump from a large rock into the lake.

As the sun sets and the stars come out, you’ll look up and suddenly realize just how small you are as you stare at the heavens and see the Milky Way.

Nothing but peace and quiet. When it’s quiet hours, the only thing you here is nature and the occasional crackle of someone’s fire.

Would I go here again? Brown Tract is one of those places that after you go once, you find yourself going again and again. Our tripped was booked as soon as we could.

Family Camping

I decided to go on an impromptu camp trip and the only one who wanted to go was my 9 year old. This campground was just outside the town of Long Lake, which offers restaurants, shopping and other amenities. Also not far (Blue Mountain Lake) is a ADK Experience museum which is a great meseum.

The campground itself was well maintained. The staff was friendly and helpful. Many sites to choose from and while some up front are right on top of each other, many were separate enough you had a great deal of privacy. Overall the campground was very pleasant. I’ve been to campgrounds where the culture is all party, loud and obnoxious, but not here. Everyone was considerate of others.

The big question, would I camp here with my family again? My daughter was already begging me as we were pulling out to the road to head home.