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Location a 'Plus' for Lazy River Campground

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June 18, 2013 by   - () Leave a Comment

The Jellystone Park near Gardiner, N.Y., (in the top right corner of this map) is located in the scenic Shawangunk Mountains. Map courtesy of the Shawangunk Mountains Scenic Byway.

Millions of potential campers live a short drive from Lazy River. The campground is five miles from the New York State Thruway, making it easily accessible from metro areas of the state, as well as New Jersey and Connecticut. New York City is 90 miles away.

Overlooking the campground is the Shawangunk Mountains, the single busiest climbing destination in North America, with some 50,000 technical climbers visiting the area each year. The region is outlined by the Shawangunk Mountains Scenic Byway, officially designated a New York State Scenic Byway. An alternate route through Gardiner was added in the fall of 2009.

The now 88-mile byway encircles the northern Shawangunk Mountains and travels through the Rondout and Wallkill valleys, linking communities that have a common relationship to the northern Shawangunks and forming a distinct region of the state with its own special character.

The campground has a rural setting but is close to several other nationally known points of interest.

The Shawangunk Wine Trail featuring 10 wineries meanders around the immediate area. Orange County Choppers, a custom motorcycle builder located in the nearby historic town of Newburgh – a 10-minute drive away – has become a cultural phenomenon thanks to a wildly popular television show on Turbo. The community of New Paltz, founded by French Huguenots in 1677, is eight miles away to the north. Woodbury Common, one of the nation’s top shopping destinations with 220 outlets stores is in Central Valley, a 35-minute drive from the campground via the New York State Thruway. Popular farmers markets in nearby Gardiner and Newburgh are open year-round.

Also close by are West Point, home of the U.S. Military Academy; and Hyde Park, site of FDR’s Springwood estate home, the Vanderbilt Mansion and the Culinary Institute of America. Several miles away is Minnewaska State Park for hiking and mountain biking.

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