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Bear Spring Mountain

Horse stables at Bear Spring Mountain CampgroundAddress: 512 East Trout Brook Road, Downsville, NY 13755
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude): 42d07'08.63"N, 75d04'06.91"W
Campground Phone: (607)865-6989
Regional Office Phone: (518)357-2289
Camping Fee: $18

Campground Map PDF File (300 KB)

Make a reservation at this campground with ReserveAmerica.

Firewood Restriction Map || (PDF file, 3.8 MB) View map showing 50-mile radius from which untreated firewood may be moved to this campground. For more information see firewood restrictions.

Bear Spring Mountain is located in the western end of the Catskill Forest Preserve. The campgrounds beach, boat rental, and multi-use trail system offers fun for all ages. For the horse riding enthusiast, Spruce Grove camping and trail system is one of a kind facility in the Catskill region. This region is also known for its excellent hunting and fishing.

Directions: From Route 17 (Quickway) to Exit 90, East Branch take Route 30 north to Shinhopple; turn left on East Trout Brook Road, proceed 4-5 miles, campground is on right.

Amenities: 41 tent and trailer sites; picnic area with tables, grills, volleyball and pavilion rental; rowboat, canoe, kayak and paddle boat rentals; firewood sales; trailer dump station; recycling center; flush toilets and hot showers at Launt Pond Area; boat launch; sand beach; 24 horse tie stalls and horse accessible ramp; 24 miles of multi-use trails. Please note: There are no horse rentals available at this campground. Proof of current negative Coggins Certificate is required for all horses entering the campground. Out-of state horse owners will be required to produce a 30-day health certificate Patrons must carry each horse's health papers with them at all times.

Photo of Bear Spring Mt. SignBoating: No motor boats allowed. Rowboats, canoes and kayaks allowed. Rowboat, canoe, kayak and paddle boat rentals available.

Fishing: Launt Pond is stocked with brown trout every spring. The stream flowing through the campground also has very good fishing areas.

Hiking: Miles of horse trails along the two ridges are used for hiking, hunting, and mountain bikes.

Day Use Facilities: Picnic area, pavilion rental, and swimming beach available.* Please take note that at facilities that offer swimming beaches, there are days which lifeguards are unavailable. For the safety of our customers, these beaches will not be open and swimming will be prohibited.

Bear Spring Mountain Beach and Swimming AreaJunior Naturalist Program: Our campgrounds become an outdoor classroom for young children (5-13) and their families. Enjoy games and activities to earn a beautiful embroidered patch.

Area Attractions: Antiquing, restaurants, and shopping nearby.

Historic Interest: The New York State Conservation Department took ownership of the area in 1961 and an informal camping program began. In 1966, development of a beach, bathhouse, picnic areas, and parking facilities was undertaken. In 1985, it was decided to upgrade the facilities and establish the 50th campground. In 1994, the Spruce Grove Area with 14 campsites was upgraded to become the Horseman Camping Area of the Catskills.