Camp at Merck

A unique year-round wilderness experience in  the Taconic range featuring diverse landscapes and breathtaking views.

Rustic Cabins are fully enclosed and equipped with a wood-burning stove, wooden bunks, and a nearby outhouse. There is neither indoor plumbing nor electricity. 

Three lean-to shelters available for overnight rentals. Lean-tos have three walls, a roof, a nearby outhouse and a fire ring. 

Most of the land in Merck Forest and Farmland Center is open to “dispersed” camping.



  • Reservations are required for all overnight stays
  • Payment is due upon reserving a camp site via MasterCard or Visa
  • Reservations can be made up to one year in advance via phone or on our website


  • Ten-day notice required for refunds. A $20 fee will be levied for changes within 10 days of stay.
  • No refunds for cancellations because of inclement weather


12:00 pm Check-In

Note: All sites are remote and campers must hike up to 3 miles with gear to get to their site. All members of your party must be capable of this degree of physical exertion.    (A suggestion: pack light!)

  • No vehicles are allowed beyond the Visitor’s Center parking area.
  • Please check in at the Visitor’s Center upon arrival; campers arriving after hours should sign in at the trailhead kiosk.


12:00 pm Check-Out

  • All trash must be carried out.
  • Please be kind to campers following you and leave a small amount of dry wood and kindling.

Cabins: Please respect our cabins and help keep them clean. Brooms and dustpans are provided for each cabin.


  • All water from our property must be treated.
  • Campsites may have nearby streams or springs, but they are not dependable sources of potable water.
  • There is a water pump located at the farm.

Additional Guidelines:

  1. Build fires in fire rings and wood stoves only.
  2. Wood stoves are not for cooking: instead, please use your camp stove for cooking.
  3. From October through April, firewood is supplied for heating the cabins only — not for fueling outdoor campfires. Collect and use downed branches for your outdoor campfire.
  4. Carry in and carry out all trash and all personal belongings.
  5. Dogs are welcome, but must be leashed around the farm and Visitor’s Center.
  6. No visitors or pets in pastures.
  7. Bicycles and other vehicles are not allowed beyond the Visitor’s Center.
  8. Firearms are not allowed at any campsite, shelter or cabin, except for during rifle and black powder seasons, and then only in the Hunting Zone.

Get Packing

Use these suggestions only as a guideline and factor in weather conditions and the length of your stay when packing. Remember that you are not permitted to drive to your campsite, so pack as lightly as possible.

  • Waterproof hiking boots
  • Long pants/long sleeved shirt
  • Sweatshirt/jacket/hat
  • Rain gear
  • Extra Socks
  • Gaiters
  • Extra Change of clothes
  • Sleeping bag/sleeping pad
  • Water (2 liters per hour while hiking)
  • Food/beverages
  • Camp stove/cookware/utensils
  • First aid kit
  • Map and compass
  • Water proof matches
  • Flashlight/extra batteries
  • Water purifier (tablets/filter)
  • Sunscreen/bug repellant
  • Toilet paper
  • Folding bow saw/hatchet Trash bags (carry in/carry out)
  • Trash bags (carry in/carry out)