Last weekend a group of us left work early to head up to the Catskills in New York. After stopping for some necessities (food, gas & whiskey), and hitting expected Friday summertime traffic, the trip took us a little over 4 hours. This was my first time camping in New York and there’s a little more paperwork involved than I’m used to in NJ and PA. We were staying at the Kenneth L. Wilson campground where you have to be registered by 9pm. If you’re making the trek up from Philly like us, be sure to leave plenty of time, the ranger came around frequently to check on parking permits, so I’m not sure what would’ve happened had we not checked in on time. The campground also has quiet hours starting at 10pm which they said were strictly enforced but we were up until about 1am that night with no problem. The only problem we ran into at that hour was a raccoon taking off with our trash bag. There are bears and other wildlife in the area so it’s really important to get anything with any sort of scent in the car as soon as you can.
The majority of my adult camping has been in places in PA at least 2-3 hours outside of Philly. Growing up our summer family trips were at Camp-O-Rama in Vermont. Although it’s great to take those longer trips and see different parts of the state or states we don’t get to visit too often, it’s also great to have a go-to campground right over the bridge. I had spent some time in the Pine Barrens when I was younger but mostly associated it with passing through to get to the shore and of course, the Jersey Devil. A couple summers ago we went canoeing down the Batsto river with some friends and I was reintroduced to the beauty of the Pine Barrens.