Bear Mountain State Park RV & Campground Guide

New York

Bear Mountain State Park

covers over 7,100 acres in the western end of the Catskill Forest Preserve. The New York State Conservation Department took ownership of the area in 1961, which is when the informal camping program began. In 1966, the beach, bathhouses, and picnic areas were undertaken; in 1994, the Spruce Grove Area was developed into the Horseman Camping Area of the Catskills. Horse riding enthusiasts love this region and its convenient horse-tie stalls. The park is located just 5 miles south of Walton and about 7 miles northeast of Downsville. Temperatures are mild throughout most of the year, but the evenings and nights are usually pretty chilly.

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Weather
Spring 19-75 F
Summer 51-84 F
Fall 25-78 F
Winter 12-44 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Bear Mountain State Park

Trips to state parks are a great way to enjoy nature, but they can be more comfortable and memorable when camping in an RV. To learn more, check out the rental options at RVshare, where you can select from a variety of models. All rentals come with nationwide insurance and 24/7 roadside assistance.

Peaceful Valley Campsite

One excellent campground you can stay at near Bear Mountain State Park is Peaceful Valley Campsite. The campground is only a short 15-minute drive from the state park. There are many activities for all age levels like hiking, fishing, canoeing, and more. All RV campsites are equipped with picnic tables and fire rings. In addition, they're located near bathrooms and showers.

  • Water hookup: Yes
  • Electrical hookup: Yes
  • Sewer hookup: Yes
  • Wi-Fi: No
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Other amenities: Olympic-size swimming pool, playground, propane filling station

Little Spring Brook RV Park

Little Spring Brook RV Park is situated on 93 acres right in the central part of the Western Catskills. It's nestled between Downsville and Roscoe, and it's an excellent spot for fishing and camping. There are private, secluded sites that accommodate RVs up to 40 feet long. You can go hiking on the mountain trails, explore the surrounding woods or relax by the fire while eating s'mores.

  • Water hookup: Yes
  • Electrical hookup: Yes
  • Sewer hookup: Yes
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Other amenities: Cable TV, in-ground pool, playground

Butternut Grove Campsite

Butternut Grove Campsite offers 70 sites in four different sections that can accommodate up to 35-foot-long RVs. The campground is nestled in the Catskills on the southern border and is less than 30 minutes from the state park. Heated bathhouses with hot showers and restrooms are provided.

  • Water hookup: Yes
  • Electrical hookup: Yes
  • Sewer hookup: Yes
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Other amenities: Laundry facility, dump station, propane gas fill-up

RV Rentals Near Bear Mountain State Park

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What to Do at
Bear Mountain State Park

Inside Bear Mountain State Park

The undeveloped mountain area features a beach and a selection of boat rentals such as rowboats, canoes and kayaks. The area contains various topography levels ranging from steep mountainsides to gentle valleys that are great for exploring. Horseback riders can take the multi-use trail system through natural terrain. The 24 miles of trails are also cleared for biking and hiking adventures. The area is generally used for fishing and swimming. 

Outside Bear Mountain State Park

Once you've done all there is to experience inside the state park, consider exploring its surrounding area. Delaware County is known for its various restaurants that cover just about everything from Chinese to American. The area just outside of the state park is also filled with quality shopping locations and entertainment opportunities for the whole family. Getting to know the park's surrounding region gives you a fulfilling insight into the area and its culture. 

Restaurants

Danny's

If you like to indulge in comfort foods, check out Danny's, a popular restaurant in Walton. It features a casual and cozy atmosphere that's highly recommended by visitors.

Type: Comfort Foods

Location: 14 Gardiner Place, Walton, NY 13856

Foo Chow

This restaurant offers a relaxed atmosphere and is good for kids of all ages. Many tourists and locals eat at Foo Chow for their delicious Chinese meals. Vegetarian options are also available at this restaurant.

Type: Chinese

Location: 184 Delaware Street, Walton, NY 13856

T.A.'s Place

If you're a fan of diner food, you'll want to stop by T.A.'s Place for their special dinner entrees. Top your delicious meal off with some of their homemade desserts.

Type: American

Location: 249 Delaware Street, Walton, NY 13856

The Rainbow Lodge

The Rainbow Lodge restaurant is located on the property of the Rainbow Lodge in Walton. The restaurant offers a variety of meal combinations, including steak and seafood.

Type: American, Seafood

Location: 440 Rainbow Lodge Road, Walton, NY 13856

The Old Schoolhouse Inn & Restaurant

The Old Schoolhouse Inn & Restaurant offers a complete lunch and dinner menu that includes appetizers, a shrimp salad bar, chicken, seafood entrées, and an assortment of delicious homemade desserts.

Type: American, Seafood

Location: 28218 NY-206, Downsville, NY 13755

Shopping

Gifford's Sport Supply

Gifford's Sport Supply has everything you could possibly need for hunting and fishing. You can also find clothing and other sporting goods here.

Location: 133 Stockton Avenue, Walton, NY 13856

Tony's Shoe Store

Tony's Shoe Store provides quality footwear that gives you a proper fit and arch support that you need. The store also offers full-service shoe repairs.

Location: 163 Delaware Street, Walton, NY 13856

CVS

CVS is about a 5-mile drive from the state park entrance, and you can pick up a few beauty supplies, snacks, and drinks. The pharmacy can fill your prescriptions as necessary.

Location: 215 Delaware Street, Walton, NY 13856

Walton Big M

Walton Big M is the closest grocery store from the state park and is the ideal place to restock your RV's refrigerator. Weekly ads are available online so that you can see the latest deals.

Location: 204 Delaware Street, Walton, NY 13856

Family Dollar

Family Dollar is a great place to shop for bread, milk, and snacks. It's also an ideal spot to purchase a toy for your youngster.

Location: 183 Delaware Street, Walton, NY 13856

Sightseeing

Downsville Covered Bridge

The Downsville Covered Bridge is maintained and preserved by the New York State Covered Bridge Society. It was built in 1854 by Robert Murray and features a single span of 174 feet crossing the East Branch of Delaware River. Stop by to see the structure and history of this covered bridge.

Location: 15500 NY-30, Downsville, NY 13755

Roscoe O&W Railway Museum

Roscoe O&W Railway Museum is less than a half-hour drive from the state park entrance in Roscoe, New York. At the museum, you'll see various railroad cars, a caboose, and other railroad buildings. There are also O&W artifacts and memorabilia, other railroadiana, and local history displays for visitors to explore.

Location: 7 Railroad Avenue, Roscoe, NY 12776

Do Good Spirits

Do Good Spirits, formerly known as Prohibition Distillery, is situated in the foothills of the Catskills. Visit the distillery to learn how they make their hard liquor, and then stop by the tasting room to try a whiskey shot. During the summer months, they offer outdoor cocktails at the Bootlegger's Alley Bar.

Location: 10 Union Street, Roscoe, NY 12776

Walton Theatre

Visitors come to enjoy the music and entertainment shown at this theater. The Walton Theatre presents a wide selection of live music and movies. There's also a coffeehouse inside the theater that provides performances from a variety of vocalists on Sunday evenings at 6:00 p.m.

Location: 31 Gardiner Place, Walton, NY 13856

Stony Creek Farmstead

The Stony Creek Farmstead is owned and operated by three generations of the Marsiglio family. You can take a tour of the farm or send your kids to the Art-Farm Camp. They offer a day on the farm where you'll be able to experience the life of a farmer.

Location: 1738 Freer Hollow Road, Walton, NY 13856

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How to Get to
Bear Mountain State Park

From Downsville, head northeast on NY-30 North toward NY-206 East, and then turn left at the first cross street onto NY-206 West. Follow for about 6 miles and turn left onto East Trout Brook Road. In less than a mile, the state park will be on the left.

From Walton, head south on Townsend Street toward Delaware Street, and then turn left onto Delaware Street. Follow for a few feet and then turn right onto Bridge Street. Turn left onto NY-206 East/Stockton Avenue. Follow for about 4 miles and turn right onto East Trout Brook Road. Follow signs to the state park.

Entering Bear Mountain State Park

Bear Mountain State Park is open 24 hours a day from Monday through Sunday.

Per vehicle (1-4 adults) : $0

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