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“We'll be back!” 5 of 5 stars
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149 Blue Mountain, Saugerties, NY 12477   |  
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Morehead City, North Carolina
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“We'll be back!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2011

We last visited friends that live in Saugerties during May, 2011. The campground is just a short ride to downtown Saugerties and everything it has to offer. Rip Van Winkle is one of the more rustic campgrounds we've used other than some state and federal parks. We like that the sites are spaced rather far apart and it offers sites in the back of the park across from the river which we found to be quiet and peaceful. The gal that checked us in called it "no mans land". It rained quite a bit while we were there but it didn't present much of a problem, at least for the site we had. We camped in a 30 foot trailer in May and plan on taking our new motorcoach there next time. The roads are graveled and could use some maintenance but it dosen't bother us - it has a tendency to slow folks down which is a good thing. We enjoyed camping here and plan on making a yearly return. One last note: You can forfeit the five dollar refund for the card used to open the gate. Keep the campground gate entry card if you plan on returning to receive future camping discounts up to 20% off regular prices.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2011

Amazing campground. Clean well maintained facilities, friendly helpful staff and GREAT location for some fantastic hikes. The sites are clean and give you good privacy.

I have to say the best thing is that they have a section exclusively for adults-something I don't see in a lot of campgrounds. A superb weekend!

I will definitely go back and would highly recommend it.

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2011

We brought a group of 11 to camp and were accommodated with a large group site with plenty of room, open space in which to set up our 4 tents and lovely pine woods for the kids to play in. The biggest surprise, however was the full canopy over three end-to-end picnic tables, the saving grace to our trip, which unfortunately was plagued by rain. If not for that canopy, we'd have given up. The staff was great with my many calls and questions. The rest rooms were plumbed and so clean. Loved the playground by the swimming beach and the Halloween walk. We met some nice people, took a great hike to Kaaterskill Falls (nearby) and will come back again to stay at Rip Van Winkle. It was wonderful.

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2011

I've been visiting Rip Van Winkle on a near annual basis for about ten years now. I've traveled with friends, family and even a solo trip and have always enjoyed the campground. The sites are spacious, clean and wooded so you are not on top of the group next to you. The facilties are good--clean showers, warm pool and stocked store. It also has restrooms and water stations within a short walk from each site. It's location is great and I've been able to take day trips to various Hunter Mountain festivals, Kaaterskill Falls, Zoom Flume Waterpark, Woodstock and area golf courses. I definitely will be back to Rip!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2011

We just got back from an awesome weekend here. There were 9 of us in all - 4 adults and 5 kids, ages 2.5 - 8. Everything about this place exceeded expectations. Staff was friendly and helpful but let you be on your own. We arrived toward sundown with lots of hungry kids - and pretty quickly they had come out with all our gear and helped set it up.

We stayed 2 nights in a group campsite and had plenty of space. Good fire pit. All amenities available at the general store. Great kids pool, swimming hole, hay rides, etc... and the 7PM ice cream/firewood caravan is awesome!

Bathrooms and showers were VERY clean and cheap to use.

Neighbors were generally fine, everyone was friendly and courteous.

Overall: good value and a great place for weekend car camping, highest recommendation as we've stayed at FAR WORSE.

Room Tip: ask for campsites near the back of the grounds - worth being separated from crowded RV park
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2011

Easy Location. Clean, shaded campsites. Awesome new pool. BEWARE OF BITING BUGS! Even with bug spray we were nearly eaten alive.. Maybe a bad week there but bugs were unbearable. Not a lot of activities for the kids during the week but weekend listed many more. Awesome new heated pool that was clean and well maintained. Staff amazingly helpful. We woke to a dead battery in our car. Staff tried to jump car but we needed a new battery. They called a local auto parts store and had it delivered and also installed it for us! FREE COFFEE :)

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2011

We have been coming here for years and it keeps getting better. This campground is very well-maintained. The sites are spacious sites and separated by pines trees. They have bathrooms that are clean, individual showers for only 25 cents and a well-equipped campstore that has all sorts of stuff. And they now have a pool. A lot of people like to bike on the trails. We love to walk in the Plattekill Creek that runs through the campground. Really pretty and a great place to be on a hot day. The staff is very friendly and helpful. The campground is a half hour ride from North-South Lake if you want to go swimming or boating. The Kaaterskill Falls are closer and are a great hike (and swim at the end). The town of Saugerties is nearby with great restaurants, shops and a nice bakery. We look forward to camping here every summer.

Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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Address: 149 Blue Mountain, Saugerties, NY 12477
Location: United States > New York > Catskill Region > Saugerties
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Specialty Lodging in Saugerties
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 175
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