The Catskills are rich with a history of backcountry adventure. Often known as “America’s First Wilderness,” the Catskill Mountains have held a special place in many avid outdoors people’s hearts. The lean-to and primitive camping in the Catskills are second to none. Add gorgeous hiking trails for all ability levels, peaks with superb vistas, enchanting waterfalls, cross-country skiing, fishing, mountain biking, and more; the Cats is a place to be.
In this post are a map of Catskill lean-tos and primitive campsites.
Catskill Lean-to & Primitive Campsite Map
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Lean-tos and Primitive Campsites by Land Unit
This table is currently not complete. Check back soon for complete listing of all Catskill land units.
|Land Unit||Lean-tos||Campsites (trails)|
|Slide Mountain Wilderness||Bouton Memorial|
|Burroughs Range Trail|
Phoenicia East Branch Trail
West Branch Neversink River
Peekamoose Table Trail
Giant Ledge-Fox Hollow Trail
|Windham-Blackhead Range Wilderness||Batavia Kill |
|Batavia Kill Trail|
|Hunter-West Kill Wilderness||Diamond Notch |
|Big Indian Wilderness||Fall Brook|
Belleayre Mountain Lean-to
Pine Hill-West Branch Trail
McKinley Hollow-Rider Hollow Trail
|Indian Head Wilderness||Devil’s Kitchen|
|Balsam Lake Mountain Wild Forest||Balsam Lake Mountain|
Beaver Meadow Lean-to
Kelly Hollow Lean-to
Dry Brook Ridge Lean-to
Mill Brook Lean-to
|Alder Lake Loop|
Mill Brook Ridge
Kelly Hollow Loop
|Kaaterskill Wild Forest||None||Escarpment Trail|
|Sundown Wild Forest||None||See page on the wild forest|
|Halcott Mountain Wild Forest||Halcott||None|
Backwoods wanderer with a passion for backpacking, hiking, kayaking, and exploring the wilds of the Catskills and Adirondacks in New York. A Catskill 3500 Club Member and Adirondack Forty-Sixer. Climbed Mount Rainier. Professionally an Exercise Physiologist.