Campground Review: Rip Van Winkle

Rip Van Winkle Campground in Saugerties, NY features  “160 acres of wooded paradise.” We love this park because it offers different sections based on the type of traveler you are. There are separate sections for tent campers, families, and groups. The campsites are large and have stone fireplaces on each campsite which make for a unique campfire experience. We always stay near the front of the park which is close to the pool and other activities for the kids.

Speaking of activities, there is a lot to do on-site for all ages to enjoy:

  • Pool
  • Paddle Boats
  • Bounce House
  • Playgrounds
  • Beach Area
  • Arcade
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • R/C Track

Our favorite amenity is the pool, which offers a nice place to cool down on a hot day. We also love the paddle boats which seat four people. They are available for no additional cost along with safety flotation devices available at the office. The ducks swim right up to your boat while you are paddling, which makes it even more fun. A new playground was added last year, which has climbing structures and multiple slides. It was a great place for the kids to gather and make new camp friends!

While we were there, we also participated in a wagon ride, which picks you up right at your site. The kids were really excited about this but after a few minutes on the ride, and a torrential downpour, they were quickly bored and we jumped off to move on to the next activity.

In addition to the many activities in the park, there is also much to do in the surrounding area. Here are a few of the places we enjoyed:

Hiking Trails

There are many trails to wander throughout the Catskills. We visited the Waterfall Overlook where we were able to see the falls and partake in some kid-friendly rock climbing.

If you enjoy lighthouses but can’t make it to the coast, then you should visit the Saugerties Lighthouse. It is currently being used as a bed and breakfast and the interior is only open for guests, however, you may view it from the outside. To get to the lighthouse you must walk a short nature trail (about 1/2 mile). It is a flat easy hike with views of the Hudson. The lighthouse was built in 1869 and is 46 feet tall, it is constructed of brick and is a sight to be seen.

Memorial Park

We visited George J. Terpening Sr. Memorial Park to visit the boat launch.  We took a kayak ride along the marshy waters. At the time we went, there were a lot of lily pads and growth in the water so it was a little difficult to maneuver.  The park also has a playground and picnic tables. After kayaking, we were able to enjoy a picnic lunch.

The peacefulness of the Catskills makes it a great place to get away from it all. It’s also a quick getaway from the Capital District area (about an hour’s drive) or NYC, making it a great weekend destination.  Need an RV Rental?  Check availability here.

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