Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do you allow pets?
A: Sure! We love pets! We are pet friendly and welcome campers traveling with their family pets. Dogs must be kept on leashes at all times and you must clean up after them. Do not leave your pet unattended. Pets that are not friendly towards other campers or bark excessively should be left home. Proof of current vaccination status must be available for review if requested.

Q: What are your check-in and check-out times?
A: Check-in is anytime from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Once you have camped with us and have our E-Z Camp Card you can arrive until 10pm when quiet hours start. Check-out is anytime from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Q: What is the length of your season and when is the store open?
A: Rip Van Winkle Campgrounds is open from April 1st to October 15th. Come enjoy the beautiful spring, warm summer and colorful fall with us.  The store is open daily.

Q: What length of rig can you accommodate?
A: By providing large spacious sites we are able to accommodate rigs up to 45 feet, with plenty of room for your screen room and to lounge around the campfire.

Q: What is the group area?
A: The group area is an area for groups of 7 or more where you can pitch your tents, have a central campfire and a group eating area with canopy covered picnic tables. Group area reservations must be made either in person or by phone.  Please call 1-800-246-8334 to book your group site.

Q: Do I need a reservation?
A: During prime summer months they are highly recommended. If you have a special request or a favorite site then the sooner you reserve, the better. Holiday weekends book quickly and require a three day minimum stay. All reservations must be paid in full at the time the reservation is made.

Q:May I bring my own firewood?
A: In short, no. New York's forests are threatened by non-native forest pests. These are highly destructive insects and diseases that threaten our forests and the clean water, recreation, and other resources they provide. One common way many of these insect pests are moved around the state and country is on firewood carried by campers. You can help protect our forests by not transporting firewood. Firewood is available at Rip Van Winkle Campgrounds so you can have a campfire, one of the special traditions of a camping trip.


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