Address: 1319 Woodland Valley Road, Phoenicia, NY 12464
GPS Info. (Latitude,Longitude): 42d02'06.18"N, 74d21'34.20"W
Campground Phone: (845) 688-7647
Regional Office Phone: (845) 256-3099
Camping Fee: $20
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Nestled at the foot of Slide Mountain, the tallest peak in the Catskills, and surrounded by Panther, Cornell, and Wittenberg Mountains is Woodland Valley Campground. The campground offers 70 tent and trailer sites, a picnic area with tables and grills, flush toilets, hot showers, a trailer dump station and a recycling center. Woodland Valley Campground serves as the trailhead for both Slide-Wittenberg Trail and Woodland Valley-Denning Trail. Area attractions include the Village of Phoenicia which offers tubing on the Esopus Creek (famous for its trout fishing), a railroad museum, train rides on the Catskill Mountain Railroad, fine shops, antiques and restaurants.
Directions: From Thruway Exit 19, Kingston - bear right after leaving the exit, on to Route 28 West. Proceed 20-25 miles to the village of Phoenicia, which will be on your right. Proceed on Rte. 28 across the bridge over the Esopus Creek In Phoenicia. Turn left at the small yellow "Woodland Valley Campground" sign onto Woodland Valley Road. Follow Woodland Valley Road back over the Esopus Creek. Turn right at the "T" after the bridge. Stay left at the first sharp bend and follow Woodland Valley Road approximately six miles to the campground.
Amenities: 70 tent and trailer sites, picnic area with tables and grills, flush toilets, hot showers, trailer dump station, recycling center, mobility impaired accessibility, pay phone.
Fishing: Woodland Valley Stream contains the following fish species: cutlips minnow, blacknose dace, longnose dace, sculpin, brook trout, brown trout, rainbow trout, and white sucker.
Hiking: This campground serves as the trail-head for both the Slide-Wittenberg Trail (the Burroughs Range) and Woodland Valley-Denning Trail (which provides access to the Giant Ledge-Panther Mountain Trail.
Day Use Facilities: A picnic area is available. No swimming beach is available.
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.
Area Attractions: The village of Phoenicia offers tubing on the Esopus Creek (which is famous for it's trout fishing), a railroad museum, train rides on the Catskill Mountain Railroad, fine shops, antiques, and restaurants. Within a half hour drive are the Belleayre and Hunter Mountain Ski Centers, which offer sky rides, music and craft festivals.
Historic Interest: The area around the campground was clear cut in the late 1800's. Bark from hemlock trees was used in the large tanning industries nearby. The land was left for taxes and taken over by the state in 1902. Over the next 25 years it became a popular camping and hiking area. The cabin and other original buildings were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the early 1930's, making this one of the earliest campgrounds. Two main trails come through the campground making it popular with hikers.
Panther Mountain is the impact site of a meteorite that hit 350 million years ago. It is outlined by the Esopus Creek and Woodland Valley Stream, which form an almost perfect circle around Panther Mountain.