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Background and Location

Devils Tombstone Campground is one of the oldest campgrounds in the Catskill Forest Preserve, located in New York State. Renowned for its picturesque beauty and proximity to numerous hiking trails, it offers a rustic camping experience.

Campsite Details

  • The campground operates typically from early spring until late fall.
  • It features tent and trailer sites, but it's more suited for tent camping because of its small and cozy nature.
  • It has a limited number of amenities since it is designed to provide a more primitive camping experience.
  • You won’t find hookups (electric, water, or sewer) for RVs, emphasizing a back-to-basics camping experience.

Amenities and Facilities

  • While amenities are basic, campers do have access to potable water.
  • There are restroom facilities, but they are likely to be more primitive (usually pit toilets).
  • A small playground may be available for children.
  • There's a picnic area and a fire pit at most sites, allowing for classic camping activities such as marshmallow roasting and picnicking.

Recreational Activities

  • Hiking is a major draw, with access to trails for hikers of varying abilities. The campground is known for being near the Devil’s Path, which is one of the most challenging trails in the East.
  • Fishing enthusiasts will find opportunities in nearby streams and lakes, though New York State fishing regulations must be followed.
  • Wildlife observation and bird-watching are also popular pastimes due to the serene setting.
  • During the wintertime, while the campground is closed for camping, the area serves as a gateway to winter sports like snowmobiling and cross-country skiing.

Important Considerations

  • Reservations are highly recommended, especially during peak summer months and holiday weekends. These can typically be made through a state-run reservation system.
  • Bears Area: The Catskills are known for black bears, and as such, the campground has strict food storage regulations to prevent bear encounters.
  • Campers must adhere to "Leave No Trace" principles, maintaining cleanliness and ecological responsibility.
  • Weather can be unpredictable, so it’s essential to come prepared with appropriate gear for both warm and cold conditions.

Access and Contact Information

  • The campground is accessible by car, but make sure to check road conditions and any seasonal road closures.
  • Additional and updated information, including fees, exact operating dates, and reservation details, can usually be obtained from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) or the official campground website.
  • To contact for reservations or more information, use the relevant state websites or phone systems for state park services.

As policies and conditions can change, it's always a good idea to check the latest information directly with the campground or state conservation authorities before planning your trip.

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