Mike R. on Mongaup Pond Campground Trail
Fantastic DEC run campground
We went down from the car park past frick pond then tried to follow the Frick Pond Trl on map. It is incorrect and the route to follow it is theoretical at best, and badly marked if at all. There is good camping by Hodge Pond and a good walk back on blue markers. Very very buggy in the lower sections around Frick Pond, and the track is mainly an old road, making the walking easy.
Started the Flynn Trail (blue) at the Frick Pond Trailhead. It is a little confusing as there are no turning markers but just follow the wide lane to Hodge Pond. There are signs along the way to keep you going in the right direction. Wear long pants as the trail is overgrown in many areas. There are no high spots or lookouts, just a nice hike to a secluded lake. I did the loop trail by turning left at the lake and then following the red trail back to the parking lot. The trail is mostly under the trees so it is nice to do on a really sunny hot day when you just want to be with nature. Take a picture with your phone of the map by the trailhead to know you are going in the right direction. My trail route came in at almost 7 miles.
Hiked up to hodge pond from beech mtn rd. was pretty easy, the pond was beautiful, hiked around the pond then decided to go back via the snowmobile trail that leads to mongaup pond campground, walked through the grounds and back up to beech mtn rd parking area. Definitely a nice day!
A lot of trails & game trails off site. Easy walk. Pretty flat. Swampy in spots. Good fishing for kids with boat rentals available. Good stream fishing nearby. Some good, wooded & secluded campsites along pond. Great family campground without the suburban & urban surroundings. Ameneties.
Long Pond trail in Willowemoc, NY is one of the best trails to take youngsters on. It is great for beginners because it is a nice hike in, with just the first 1/8th mile a warm up grade. The pond is fun for studying nature up close, even in February. A spring like snow was coming down and added another dimension of pleasure to the 4 hour trip, with plenty of hang out time included.
We are fortunate to live in Willowemoc and having grown up here I can attest to the fact that this area has something to offer any outdoor enthusiast.The Willowemoc Wild Forest Trail is one of many here in the Catskills that will deliver you to the adventure you seek.
This is a great family campground, with canoe rentals and a beach on the lake. Major downside was that our site (44, Loop B) was next to a leachfield and quite stinky. Nearby sites were not bad. Did not detract from our overall positive impression.