This event can be combined with the Catamount Aerial Adventure event already posted on the group's page (turning this weekend into a versatile outdoor adventure) or it can be done on its own.
Taconic State Park is made up of almost 7,000 acres of wetlands, meadows, valleys, and forested land with an extensive trail system that provides spectacular views of the Taconic, Berkshire, and Catskill mountains and the Hudson Valley.
Our campsite is located in the middle of the Taconic State Park and allows an easy access to hiking trails in this, and adjacent Mount Washington State Forest Park, including the section of the Appalachian Trail that runs through this area.
The Bash Bish Falls, one of the famous hiking attractions in this area, and Massachusetts' most dramatic and its highest single-drop waterfall is only a 2 short miles away from our camp. Cascading water tumbles through a series of gorges and a hemlock-hardwood ravine forest, and then drops about 60 feet into a sparkling pool below.
This is a 2 day/1 night car camping trip - you do not need to worry about packing too light, as long as all passengers and equipment can fit into the car. We will be staying at the Copake Falls campground. Each site allows 6 people, 2 cars, and 2 tents maximum. This means that we will have to coordinate car/tent shares ahead of time, and solo tents most likely won't be permitted (unless it happens that we have a big 5 person tent on one site).Campground facilities include flush toilets, hot showers, and water filling stations.
It takes about 2.5 -3 hours of driving to reach the Berkshires from the New York City.
Unless you have a special food requirements, and/or allergies, you don't have to worry about Saturday's dinner or Sunday's breakfast - all the food for those two meals will be provided and cooked for you. You may want to bring some snacks/trail mix, and some backpacking/camping food for Sunday's lunch.
This will be a BYOB event, so feel free to bring your own beer/wine/alcohol.
Also, campground has a pretty cool swimming area - so don't forget your swimming suits!
Saturday, June 7
Some (if not all) group members will leave the city early in the morning (~7:45-8:00 AM), and drive directly to the Catamount Adventure Park to participate at the Aerial Adventure event.
After Aerial Adventure, we'll drive to the campground (which is conveniently located only 15 minutes away), setup our tents, and spend the rest of the evening cooking and relaxing by the campfire. If we feel like doing more - we can do a quick 2 mile hike to Bash Bish Falls.
For those of you not participating in the Aerial Adventure event - please plan on meeting us at the campground around 3 PM - that is the earliest check in time.
Sunday, May 11
If we do not visit Bash Bish Falls on Saturday, we should get up early on Sunday and do this quick hike as early as possible (~7AM), before the crowds start pouring in. After the hike, we'll return to the campground, have breakfast, and leave our camp on foot to hike one of the local trails - either to the Prospect Hill, for those who want to do something shorter and easier, or to Alander Mountain and Mount Frissell (highest point in Connecticut) for those more adventurous. After hikes, we'll meetup at the campground, pack up our gear and drive back to the city (if everything goes as planned, we should be back in the city around 8:30-9 PM).
Cost, RSVP and Cancellation Policies::
Cost for this trip is $26 per person.
The price includes campground fee for 2 days, Saturday's dinner, Sunday's breakfast, firewood, and other misc purchases.
Note: this price covers Berkshires Car Camping event only. The cost of the Catamount Aerial adventure trip is posted on that event's page.
Please send your payment via paypal to:
Very Important: You must select "sending money to family or friends" option.
This will ensure that we receive the full amount you send us; otherwise a fee will be taken out of the amount you send, and you'll have to send another payment to cover the difference.
If you do not have a paypal account and really don't want to open it, please email me for additional payment options.
Please RSVP yes only if you are certain about going and ready to submit your payment. Since this trip is only a few weeks away and there is a limited number of spots available, I ask you to send in your payments soon after signing up for the event.
If the interest for the trip surpasses the capacity, members that RSVPed "YES" but failed to submit their payment will be replaced with members from the waiting list that are ready to commit.
Please answer all RSVP questions. These questions are necessary for the campsite reservations, and will also help us plan and organize room and tent shares.
Please use comments field on the event page to offer rides/find drivers and/or offer/find tent shares.
This is a car camping trip. You'll need to either bring a tent, or to secure a space in someone else's tent - as the number of tents per campsite is limited we'll have to coordinate tent shares. You'll need a sleeping bag and a sleeping mat.
Proper footwear is essential for all hikes - a pair of comfortable, broken-in shoes, with good traction. Please no flip-flops, clogs, skate shoes and similar footwear.
Bring enough water containers to carry enough water for hikes. There is a drinking water source at our campsite so you'll be able to refill water as needed.
You will need a small backpack to carry your food, water, and extra clothing during hikes. Some hikes are very steep and challenging, so you will need to use your hands to climb up/down rocks and boulders, hold on to the roots and branches, so you need your hands to be free.
The weather in the mountains can be unpredictable, and can change in the matter of minutes. With some wind, a sunny day can turn into a cold one - so be ready and dress in layers. Bring an extra layer, a hat, and rain/wind jacket that can fit into your backpack. A pair of gloves can be helpful on a cold, windy day.
As on any given hike - it is always a good idea to have your own map of the area you are hiking. You can purchase any South Taconic trail map set you find. Along with the map, on a terrain like this you should have your own compass as well, and know how to use it.
Headlamp/flashlight is a must on this trip. Campground is pitch black after sundown and you'll need your headlamp to find your way around the campsite during the night. If the weather is nice, we may go for a short walk after dark to do some stargazing.
Sunblock and insect repellents are strongly recommended.
We will have an access to a bathroom with running water and showers - but don't forget to bring your towel,soap,shampoo, and other toiletries.
Cell phone signal is intermittent and can't be relied on in this region...
We will carpool, and share the cost of gas/tolls.
The Copake Falls Campground is located on NY 344 at Copake Falls, NY 12517 (GPS coordinates: [masked], [masked]).
I will email you my contact info and additional details about how to check into the campground/find our sites before the event. Cell phone signal reception is intermittent in this region, so make sure you have all driving directions/instructions before you reach the Berkshires.
Participation in activities is strictly voluntary and group members assume all risks in connection with activities; per Meetup.com's Terms of Service Agreements, organizers and hike/trip leaders are released from any and all forms of liability related to events.Full text of our liability waiver can be found on the following page: