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Old 04-05-2009, 06:14 PM   #1
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Alternative Camping:Poke-O

Since the state CG at Poke-O is closed this year, can anyone suggest alternative camping close by? We have a VW Eurovan pop-up camper, so any legal spot off the beaten path where we can park on the level would be ideal.

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Old 04-27-2009, 01:21 PM   #2
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I'm not sure how legal it is, but last time we were up there, it was after season. And a ton of people had just pitched tents on the campsites. I guess that'd be harder to do with a pop-up though.
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Old 04-27-2009, 01:47 PM   #3
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This is similar to the question about Sharp Bridge. I don't think we know: With these campgrounds "closed," does that mean A. There are no services or cartetaker, and the caretakers building is locked; or B. It's illegal to camp there, and the entrance road is barricaded? Or something in between? Maybe someone can find out from DEC?
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Old 04-27-2009, 10:20 PM   #4
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I'm not sure how legal it is, but last time we were up there, it was after season. And a ton of people had just pitched tents on the campsites. I guess that'd be harder to do with a pop-up though.

BUT...could you drive in to the sites, or did you have to park on the road and walk in? It SHOULD be legal to walk in. It's state land, after all, and it's better to keep campers in a concentrated roadside area like poko, instead of impromtu bivies at trailheads, etc.
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Old 04-27-2009, 10:29 PM   #5
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Parked on the road and walked in. Personally, I didn't spend the night, but several groups of climbers were.
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Old 04-28-2009, 09:35 AM   #6
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The DEC has stated that they will be patrolling the closed campgrounds for "trespassers". I interpret this to mean "no camping".
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Old 04-28-2009, 10:31 AM   #7
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Wow! That's a shame. I guess people will have to walk 150' into the woods from the campground and wilderness camp. Odd (and absurd) that a "campground" now joins the list of "road, trail, or body of water" as a location you cannot camp near...

But on the flip side, it makes sense. Anyplace hidden from the road where there is a place to park cars and gather is an attractive nuisance for kids, drinking parties, etc.

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Old 04-28-2009, 09:29 PM   #8
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Sounds like no camping there - period. So that brings me back to the original intent of the question: Does anyone know of a road pulloff type area where camping is permitted, say, within a 30 minute drive of Poke-O?
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Old 04-28-2009, 11:50 PM   #9
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I don't know about any primitive sites in that area and looking at the map there isn't much state land around there that could have sites.

Ausable Point campground is 2.5 miles off exit 35, Lincoln Pond campground is 6.5 miles off exit 31. There is also a private campground just off exit 34... http://ausablerivercampsite.com/
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Old 04-29-2009, 05:55 AM   #10
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There's a list of DEC campgrounds and a map here: http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7825.html
I'm sure there are plenty of primitive campsites around, but you'll have to explore. People hold this info pretty secret (so their special spot isn't taken). Some exceptions are noted in the guidebook. For example, there are many cool spots along Route 8 (not relevant for Poke-O, but lots of people pass that way on their way up, and it makes a convenient spot to stop over).
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Old 04-29-2009, 06:27 AM   #11
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Thanks Jim and fvrwld - I know about the DEC campgrounds "nearby" but I was unaware of the private one - maybe I'll check that out. I understand about keeping things a secret - I would do the same if I knew of a sweet spot that wasn't popular. So, now all I need is a friend with a camp or home near Poke-o who will let me use their driveway.
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Old 04-29-2009, 07:22 AM   #12
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My driveway is in Keene, so that isn't very close. But I've stayed here:

http://www.magicpines.com/home.html

about 15 years ago. It was attractive and quiet. Lots of families camped for the summer. 5 minutes from Poko.
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Old 04-29-2009, 06:51 PM   #13
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there's always the keene farm that is owned/run by the alpine club of canada's montreal section:
http://www.alpineclubofcanada.ca/facility/keene.html

from what I hear though it is always full of people inside the house and out on their land where one can camp. if you don't mind the drive and all the quebecers, that could always be an option.

sharp bridge being closed kind of screws up our summer plans. looks like we will be heading out to NH more often.
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Old 04-30-2009, 08:51 AM   #14
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That's weird, cuz I was just thinking the opposite!
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Old 04-30-2009, 09:19 AM   #15
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Ausable Chasm also has a pretty nice campground. The entrance is on Route 374, just off 9.
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Sounds like no camping there - period. So that brings me back to the original intent of the question: Does anyone know of a road pulloff type area where camping is permitted, say, within a 30 minute drive of Poke-O?
I was just up there today and there is a gravel pulloff just south of poko on route 9. Its on the left as you head south <1mile.
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Old 05-03-2009, 09:12 PM   #17
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Thanks for the pulloff beta C4C and all others for posting. I'll check out all the options.
Got to Barkeater and Pitchoff Chimney this weekend - great to climb in the DAKs.
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Old 05-07-2009, 06:50 PM   #18
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Sharp Bridge is going to be open this year as per the following DEC reversal.

http://www.adirondackguide.com/page/....html?nav=5047
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Old 05-07-2009, 09:16 PM   #19
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Thanks Jim. Interesting.
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