Improvements to the Kenneth L. Wilson Campground and Day Use Area in Ulster County have been completed.
Updates to the campground’s shower house and three comfort stations include several accessible features to make camping fun for people of all abilities, will help connect more New Yorkers to the outdoors and reduce the facility’s environmental footprint.
Kenneth L. Wilson Campground in Mount Tremper offers secluded, wooded campsites and many outdoor activities. Campers can enjoy a hike on the nature trails or ride on the mountain bike trail (for advanced riders), and nearby villages offer numerous shops and restaurants. The campground features great amenities including boating, fishing, and hiking and recently was recognized in the first-annual Hudson Valley Chronogram Readers’ Choice Awards under the Nature and the Outdoors category, along with the first-place state campground at North-South Lake.
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) invested $476,000 through NY Works to design and construct significant infrastructure improvements to campground’s shower house and three comfort stations. Many of the improvements will help decrease the campground’s overall environmental footprint by reducing water and energy consumption. Highlights of the improvements include:
- Energy efficient, on-demand hot water systems;
- Energy efficient LED lighting;
- New accessible tile floors;
- Energy efficient windows and doors;
- Accessible fixtures including water saving showers, sinks, and toilets;
- New accessible showers and stalls;
- New accessible toilet stalls;
- Painting, new mirrors, and other hardware;
- Accessibility improvements to Caretaker Cabin; and
- Accessibility and paving improvements throughout campground.
The facility’s improvements allow visitors, including seniors and families with small children, to access its amenities consistent with the Governor’s 2018 Executive Order to make New York the first age-friendly state in the country. Over the past several years, DEC has utilized NY Works funding to make other infrastructure improvements the campground to enhance the camping experience that include:
- Accessibility improvements to trail system;
- Accessible fishing access;
- Accessible nature trail and wildlife viewing platform;
- Pavilion improvements including new floor, roof and ceiling;
- Accessible day use including picnic tables and grills;
- New accessible community fireplace;
- New roofs on bathhouse, comfort stations, recycle building, shower house;
- Accessibility upgrades to recycle building;
- New accessible children’s playground;
- New accessible picnic viewing area on Wilson Lake;
- New accessible dog park; and
- New signage, staining, and other improvements throughout the campground.
For more information on Kenneth L. Wilson Campground and to make a reservation for the 2020 camping season, visit New York’s ReserveAmerica website.
Photo of Kenneth L. Wilson Campground provided by DEC.