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Tucked away along the northeast edge of the Catskill Mountains near Palenville, NY, Kaaterskill Wild Forest is a popular getaway spot among local motorhome camping enthusiasts keen on exploring the northeastern region of New York State. Perched right in between the towns of Poughkeepsie and Albany, it’s one of the best places to set up base camp for your rental RV away from the hassle and bustle of the big cities. To witness the charm and serenity of this forest, search for an RV in Catskill and make memories camping with an RV at Kaaterskill Wild Forest.

When it comes to the number of activities to enjoy in this forest, you’ll not be disappointed. For starters, the forest is situated near the massive Hudson River, which attracts anglers from far and wide. Fishing aside, the forest offers lots of other outdoor activities such as hunting, hiking, and snowmobiling. To top up your gas and groceries, the towns of Catskill, Germantown, and Cairo are just a few miles away from the forest. Wait no longer, rent one of the best Albany camper rentals and make memories hopping from one campground to another.

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Getting Outdoors

Perhaps the best feature of Kaaterskill Wild Forest is that it’s located close to a gorgeous river. For a remarkable fishing experience, make sure to bring a fishing rod, as the Hudson River is one of the best freshwater fishing spots in the region. When RV camping at Kaaterskill Wild Forest, some of the fish to look out for include brown trout, rainbow trout, and striped bass.

There are several options in the forest as far as seasonal hunting is concerned. Thanks to the forest’s diverse landscape, it is a rich habitat for all kinds of creatures, much to the delight of hunters. Apart from the common deer, hunters camping at Kaaterskill Wild Forest can keep an eye out for bobcats, coyotes, and beavers.

Should you prefer trekking, the moderate 2.6 miles Kaaterskill Falls Trail, passing by the beautiful two-tiered Kaaterskill Falls, is worth a try. This trail, which is open from April through October, tends to get icy during fall, so plan on your footwear accordingly. Kaaterskill High Peak Loop Trail, on the other hand, is a relatively harder trail which is more popular for snowmobiling during winter.

Camping in Kaaterskill Wild Forest

When looking for a convenient place to camp in an RV near Catskill, North-South Lake Campground is one of the spots to consider. The ample-sized sites are ideal when you’re interested in dry camping since there are no hookups. However, guests get access to a dump station, restrooms, and showers to make their stay comfier. Located in the vast Catskill Forest Preserve, this campground is a haven for outdoor fanatics interested in just about anything from hiking to swimming and fishing. Dogs are allowed, but with some restrictions.

Alternatively, Saugerties/Woodstock KOA in Saugerties is worth considering if full hookups for your travel trailer is a must. The campground is set in a serene forested area with lots of shade and fresh air. Apart from full hookups, the lots come equipped with cable television, WiFi, and propane is available for sale. The younger ones will love it as there are a couple of fun activities, including a Children’s Bounce House and a Barrel Train, not forgetting weekend KOA’s crafts programs. Adults aren’t forgotten as there is a mini-golf course as well as a couple of nature trails.

Exploring the Area

Since fun isn’t confined to the Kaaterskill Wild Forest, you’ll soon be venturing beyond the forest’s borders in search of more attractions. Roughly 11.8 miles away lies RamsHorn-Livingston Audubon Sanctuary, a bird-watching refuge. Be sure to carry a good camera to snap some shots of the great blue herons, bald eagles, and waterfowl. For a chance to see the great Hudson River, hike the trail or rent a canoe and paddle across the Ramshorn Creek.

While camping in a rental motorhome at Kaaterskill Wild Forest, a tour to the Olana State Historic Site in Greenport is worthwhile if you’re into history. Here, you’ll get the chance to experience stunning 19th-century Victorian architecture as well as learn the history of landscape painting. If the kids tagged along, make a point of visiting the Thomas Cole National Historic Site. While at it, the kids ‘curiosity will be aroused by a variety of painting exhibits. Wrap up your day with a chilled walk along the amazing Rip Van Winkle Bridge pedestrian walkaway, which offers spectacular views of the Hudson River.

Don’t drive off in your campervan without spending a day at the Zoom Flume Water Park in East Durham. The waterpark features waterslides, a wave pool, and water-themed games, which are perfect for the whole family. Should you feel like cranking up your heart rate, try out the Typhoon Twister or slide down the 300-foot waterslide. Younger kids will love splashing about in the Lagoon Activity Pool or sliding down the mini-waterslides. And should hunger come calling, the waterpark has a couple of restaurants offering a broad menu of food and drinks.

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