Welcome to our website in 2021. We have been operating year-round with limited sites and amenities. We will continue to do so through 2021. Due to COVID-19, we have cut back on many of our amenities. To encourage social distancing, we are only renting a limited number of sites with water, sewer, 30/50 electric, Wi-Fi, TV, picnic table, and fire ring to RVs that are fully self-contained.
Our Store/Reservation Office is closed. All reservations can be made by phone at 845-651-7717. Reservations must be paid in full in advance by VISA, MasterCard, or Discover.
All buildings are closed. The hiking trails are open. Volleyball and basketball are available, but you must bring your own ball. The disc golf course is set up. Bring your own discs. The horseshoe area is set up, but bring your own horseshoes. The playground is open. Fire rings: bring your own fire wood (what you think you will use for the duration of your stay).
Nestled in the beautiful Catskill Mountains, you’ll discover a casino resort that promises to get hearts racing. Resorts World Catskills will feature over 100,000 square feet of gaming action with over 130 table games, poker room, and 2,150 of the most cutting-edge slot machines across five gaming areas.
LEGOLAND is a hands-on experience where families with children between 2-12 years old can push, pull, steer, squirt, splash, crawl, climb, and build their way through a full day of non-stop fun!
For those who like hiking, the Appalachian Trail runs less than 10 miles from the Campground with several trailheads in the area. Completed in 1937, the AT is an approximately 2,200-mile marked hiking trail between Georgia and Maine. Additionally, there are several hiking, biking, and nature trails in the area, including the 150-mile Highlands Trail (HT) and the 358-mile Long Path (LP) both maintained by the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference.
The finest homemade ice cream, ice cream waffle cones, ice cream cake, and ice cream pies available in the lower Hudson Valley region. Trip Advisor ranks Bellvale Creamery #2 among Top 10 Ice Cream Parlor’s in the United States!
In 1810, a French Huguenot emigre named Jean Jaques purchased land in New York’s bucolic Hudson Valley and began planting grapes. The rest is history. Ten miles from the campground is Brotherhood Winery, the oldest winery in America, with wine tasting and many special events.
There’s no other place like the CIA. See firsthand how students prepare to become tomorrow’s entrepreneurs and leaders in the food business at the extraordinary main campus on the east bank of the Hudson River—a spectacular destination for students, restaurant patrons, and tourists alike. Located in historic Hyde Park, NY, the 170-acre campus is just 1½ hours from both New York City and Albany, and is easily accessible along U.S. Route 9. While you’re there, be sure to enjoy award-winning restaurants and cafés, retail stores, and public tours.
“The greatest thing I have learned is how good it is to come home again.” Eleanor Roosevelt
This simple statement expresses her love for the modest house she called Val-Kill. The only National Historic Site dedicated to a first lady, Val-Kill welcomes visitors in the style of Mrs. Roosevelt. Come and be part of the entire Roosevelt Experience at Val-Kill.
Take a guided tour and experience the very home where our 32nd president lived the majority of his life. Roosevelt was laid to rest on the grounds as well in the aesthetically pleasing Rose Garden. Needless to say, FDR loved his estate in Hyde Park and after visiting it, you will too.
Located in the Village of Florida, is a shallow weedy lake that provides non-motorized anglers with some shore access and is perfect for kayaks, small rowboats, or canoes. There are numerous lakes, rivers, and ponds for fishing open to the public near Black Bear Campground. Visit our office for more information.
The oldest race track in America and the Hall of Fame of the Trotter are located in Goshen, just 6 miles from Black Bear Campground. The track is operational for a short time in July, and the museum is open all year. It is state-of-the-art, interactive, and exciting.
The view from High Point Monument, at 1,803 feet above sea level, is a spectacular panorama of rich farmland and forest, soft hills and lush valleys in three states. The blue line of the Delaware River divides the verdant ridges of New Jersey from those of Pennsylvania. High Point offers superb trails for hikers and skiers and quiet spots for anglers.
Overlooking the Hudson River in Poughkeepsie, New York, the 200-acre Locust Grove Estate includes an Italianate villa designed in 1851 for artist and inventor Samuel Morse by architect A. J. Davis. Today Locust Grove, with miles of carriage roads, landscaped grounds, historic gardens and Hudson River views, is an independent not-for-profit museum and nature preserve established by Annette Innis Young. Inside the historic mansion, step back in time to the early years of the 20th century; the Young family’s collection of Hudson River School paintings, early 19th-century American furniture, and personal possessions are still in place after more than a century. Locust Grove is open for tours on Saturdays and Sundays only.
Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site, in terms of architecture, interiors, mechanical systems, road systems and landscape, is a remarkably complete example of a gilded-age country place, illustrating the political, economic, social, cultural, and demographic changes that occurred as America industrialized in the years after the Civil War.
The Motorcyclepedia Museum is your destination for all things motorcycles, featuring numerous exhibits and collections of rare, antique, police & military, and exotic bikes (some dating back to the 1800s). Insurance restrictions allow motorcycles in our lower area ONLY and prohibit the driving of scooters, ATVs, or similar vehicle anywhere within the Campground.
Ever felt the desire to break free from the everyday routine and unwind in a truly unique environment? Liberate yourself at Mountain Creek, the premier four-season resort in the New York/New Jersey Metro area.
Ten miles from the campground is Museum Village, a restored village from 1850. There you will see how Americans lived in the olden days, with demonstrations in making candles, soap, and brooms. You will visit an old pharmacy, general store, blacksmith shop, one room schoolhouse, stockade, and much more. There are many special events, such as Civil War battle re-enactments.
The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor offers visitors an incredible journey through military history as well as reminders of human sacrifice and the cost of freedom. The 7500 square foot facility offers organized tours, events, and activities throughout the year that commemorate significant anniversaries or historic events related to the Purple Heart and its history.
28 miles from the campground is the Orange County Choppers workshop and showroom. Insurance restrictions allow motorcycles in our lower area ONLY and prohibit the driving of scooters, ATVs, or similar vehicle anywhere within the Campground.
Shawangunk Wine Trail is home to 15 wineries nestled between the Shawangunk Mountains and the Hudson River, just 60 miles north of NYC. The family-owned wineries are small to medium in size, located from New Paltz in Ulster County to Warwick, in Orange County. Each winery is unique!
Storm King Art Center is located just north of West Point, with over 400 acres of outdoor statuary. Widely celebrated as one of the world’s leading sculpture parks, Storm King Art Center has welcomed visitors from across the globe for fifty years.
Eleven miles from the campground is Sugar Loaf Art & Craft Village, where you can watch craftsmen make the high-quality artifacts which are for sale in the galleries. Surrounded by apple orchards, wineries, and horse farms, the eclectic and charming village was transformed into a thriving crafts center in the 1970s by the hard work of a handful of dedicated artisans.
23 miles from the campground is the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. At the academy is a visitors center and museum. Bus tours of the grounds lasting one and two hours are available. Reservations required. West Point's mission is to educate, train, and inspire the Corps of Cadets so that each graduate is a commissioned leader of character committed to the values of Duty, Honor, Country.
The Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park, the world's longest elevated pedestrian bridge, spans 1.28 miles over the Hudson River in upstate New York. This is a steel cantilever bridge spanning the Hudson River between Poughkeepsie, New York, on the east bank and Highland, New York, on the west bank.
The Warwick Drive-In Theatre has been entertaining folks since 1950 and remains a family-owned and operated business. In 2014 the theater introduced digital projection, improving quality greatly, in continuation of the family tradition of providing a unique Drive-In Theater Experience.
In the critical months that General George Washington spent at Newburgh, he made some of his most important contributions to shaping the American republic. It was here that Washington rejected the idea of an American monarchy; ended the Newburgh Conspiracy, preventing potential military control of the government; created the Badge of Military Merit, forerunner of the Purple Heart; and circulated an influential letter to State Governors outlining the key principals he felt necessary for the new republic.
Fifteen miles from the campground are the Woodbury Common Premium Outlets, the largest concentration of premium factory outlet stores in the United States, with 220 separate stores. Almost every premium brand has an outlet store at Woodbury, whether it be designer clothing, jewelry, luggage, kitchenware, home furnishings, toys, linens, books, electronics, and more.
Bike, walk, or jog the scenic 12-mile Heritage trail, a converted rail bed of the Erie Railroad. Additional great biking trails are also nearby for your enjoyment, such as at the Port Jervis Watershed Park, Stewart State Forest, Harlem Valley Rail Trail, Minnewaska State Park Preserve, and Mohonk Preserve.
There are several opportunities for river cruises on the Hudson River at Newburgh waterfront or tubing and canoeing on the Delaware River. Both well-known rivers are just a drive away. Check with our Campground Store for rack cards, brochures, and more information.
There are over two dozen craft beverage wineries, breweries, distilleries, and cideries in Orange County alone—with dozens more just a short drive over to neighboring counties in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania! Stay awhile and visit them all…you won’t regret it!
For those who like fresh fruits, vegetables, and jams as well as local meats and cheeses, there are farmers' markets and ‘pick-your-own’ farms open from early summer to late fall. October is a lovely time of the year to observe the changing of the color of the leaves.
There are more than a dozen golf courses open to the public within a half hour from Black Bear Campground. Visit our office for the guidebook that gives you the information and locations of the golf courses.