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Our campsite on the Phoenicia - East Branch Trail near the Giant Ledge / Panther Mtn Trail
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The Catskills are rich with a history of backcountry adventure. Often known as “America’s First Wilderness”, the Catskill Mountains has held a special place in the hearts for many avid outdoors person. 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. If you are new to lean-to camping you may want to read our post here or if you want some tips on camping in the Catskill backwoods read them here.

Catskill Lean-to & Primitive Campsite Map

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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 UnitLean-tosCampsites (trails)
Slide Mountain WildernessBouton Memorial
Fox Hollow
Terrace Mountain
Burroughs Range Trail
Phoenicia East Branch Trail
West Branch Neversink River
Peekamoose Table Trail
Peekamoose Road
Traver Hollow
Giant Ledge-Fox Hollow Trail
Windham-Blackhead Range WildernessBatavia Kill
Elm Ridge
Batavia Kill Trail
Escarpment Trail
Blackhead Trail
Hunter-West Kill WildernessDiamond Notch
Devil’s Acres
John Robb
Spruceton Trail
Big Indian WildernessFall Brook
Biscuit Brook
Seager
Rider Hollow
McKinley Hollow
Hirschland Lean-to
Belleayre Mountain Lean-to
Neversink-Hardenburgh Trail
Pine Hill-West Branch Trail
McKinley Hollow-Rider Hollow Trail
Indian Head WildernessDevil’s Kitchen
Mink Hollow
Echo Lake
Devil’s Path
Echo Lake
Pecoy Notch
Balsam Lake Mountain Wild ForestBalsam 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
Neversink-Hardenburgh Trail
Kaaterskill Wild ForestNoneEscarpment Trail
Sundown Wild ForestNoneSee page on the wild forest
Halcott Mountain Wild ForestHalcottNone

Scott L.

Backwoods wanderer with a passion for backpacking, hiking 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/Physical Educator and LifeStyle Counselor.

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