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Devil's Tombstone

Notch Lake at Devils Tombstone CampgroundAddress: NYS Route 214, Hunter, NY 12442
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude): 42d09'10.71"N, 74d12'23.85"W
Campground Phone: (845) 688-7160
Regional Office Phone: (518) 357-2289
Camping Fee: $16

Campground Map PDF File (283 KB)

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Firewood Restriction Map || (PDF file, 1.2 MB) View map showing 50-mile radius from which untreated firewood may be moved to this campground. For more information see firewood restrictions.

We regret to inform you that due to fiscal issues the camping season at Devils Tombstone will be shortened this year. The campground will still open on May 16th, however it will now close on August 31st with the last night to camp being September 1st. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

Devil's Tombstone is one of the oldest campgrounds in the Catskill Forest Preserve, offering mysteries of the Devil's Tombstone and a haven for primitive camping. The campground is an ideal base camp for serious hikers with trails leading to some of the highest peaks, such as Hunter with the highest historic fire tower in New York State, Indian Head and West Kill Range. Children will enjoy the playground and participating in the Junior Naturalist Program.

Directions: From South: NYS Thruway (I-87), Exit 19 at Kingston. Follow Route 28 West to Phoenicia. At Phoenicia, follow signs for Route 214. Campground is located on Route 214, approximately 9 miles on left.

From North: NYS Thruway (I-87), Exit 21 at Catskill. Left on Route 23 East to Route 9W South. Follow Route 9W through Catskill to Route 23A west through Tannersville. Make left on Route 214, 2 miles past Tannersville. Campground located on Route 214, approximately 3 miles on right.

The Devil's Tombstone at Devils Tombstone CampgroundAmenities: 24 tent and trailer sites, Notch Lake, 2 picnic areas with tables and fireplaces or charcoal grills, children's playground, volleyball, horseshoes, firewood sales, hunting outside campground boundaries, hiking trails.

Boating: Available at North-South Lake Campground - 8 miles away. No motorized boats are permitted. Rowboats and canoes permitted. A paved boat ramp is located at the North Lake day-use area. Rowboat, canoe, kayak and paddle boat rentals are available.

Fishing: Available at North-South Lake Campground - 8 miles away. Chain pickerel, brown bullhead, pumpkinseed, black crappie and largemouth bass.

Hiking: The campground is a haven for serious hikers. The "Devil's Path" trails are accessible from the parking lot at the north end of the campground.

Day Use Facilities: A day-use area is available. Swimming, boating, and showers are available at North-South Lake Campground - 8 miles away. * 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.

Swallowtail butterflies at Devils TombstoneJunior 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: Hunter Mountain, approximately 3 miles north of the campground, hosts ethnic festivals throughout the summer season with the sky ride operating to a fine view from the mountain. Local villages provide restaurants, shops, antique shops, and a movie theater. Tubing, paintball, go-carts, miniature golf, and a number of golf courses and horseback riding facilities are located within easy driving distance.

Historic Interest: Devil's Tombstone is located in a rugged mountain pass in the Catskill Mountains called Stony Clove. The word "clove" comes from the old Dutch work "Kloove", which means "gash or cut in the body of mother earth". It is rumored that Stony Clove was a favorite haunt of the Devil during the early days in settlement of the Catskills. One object closely associated with the Devil still survives in the campground, it is the Devil's Tombstone. The tombstone is a large boulder, approximately seven feet by five, which was probably carried down the mountain many centuries ago by a landslide or glacier.

Devil's Tombstone is one of the oldest New York State campgrounds. It is a small primitive campground with wooded sites and a small shallow lake, Notch Lake. No swimming or boating is permitted on the lake. The campground is a haven for serious hikers. The "Devil's Path" trails are accessible from the parking lot at the north end of the campground.