Camp at Merck

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

Cabins are fully enclosed and equipped with a wood-burning stove, wooden bunks, and a nearby outhouse.

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 – campers must hike up to 3 miles to get to their site)

  • No vehicles allowed beyond the Visitor’s Center parking area
  • Campers must check in at the Visitor’s Center OR at the kiosk if arriving after hours


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
  • Water pumps are located at the farm and the Lodge

Additional Guidelines:

  1. Fires in fire rings and wood stoves only.
  2. Wood stoves are not for cooking. Please bring a camp stove.
  3. Firewood is supplied for heating purposes only from October through April and is to be used in woodstoves only. Please do not use firewood for outside campfires. Downed logs and branches may be collected for use in outdoor campfires.
  4. Carry in and carry out all trash and 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. No bicycles or any vehicle beyond the Visitor’s Center.
  8. Firearms are not allowed at any campsite, shelter or cabin except for during rifle and black powder season, 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 cannot 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)