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Devil's Tombstone Campground

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Notch Lake at Devils Tombstone

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. 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 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.

Amenities

Amenities

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. 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.

Featured Activities

Boating

Boating

Racoon in the wild!

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

Fishing

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

Hiking

Hiking

The very popular Devil's Path Trail crosses through the campground day use area. The trail is over 21 miles in length and links the Indian Head and Hunter-West Kill Wilderness Trail systems. The hike is considered moderate, and offers hikers breathtaking views of the Central Catskills fro the Buck Ridge Lookouts - located just east of the Westkill summit. The Devil's Path is tagged with red trail markers.

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.

Get driving direction from Google Maps (leaves DEC website)

The Devil's Tombstone at Devils Tombstone Campground

Rules, Regulations and Outdoor Safety

DEC campground rules and regulations

Campground frequently asked questions

Clean your boat and equipment - help prevent the spread of aquatic invasives

Don't move firewood - help prevent of spread of invasive insects

Hiking safety tips

Additional Information

Area Attractions

woodpecker in a tree in the fall

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.

Junior 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.