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Camping Tips & Tricks: Plan Your Half Moon Pond State Park Weekend

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Half Moon Pond State Park is the ultimate family camping park. Located on a small pond, it is a small, quiet park with great fishing, bike riding and hiking. A nice swimming beach is located just down the road at Lake Bomoseen State Park

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Explore the park, walk down to pond; pack up bikes and a picnic lunch (1 hour)

Ride bikes on the Delaware & Hudson Rail Trail (1 - 3 hours). Only ten minutes from the park, the trail winds its way along farm fields and woods. A multitude of wildlife is commonly encountered – wetlands next to the trail are good places to see beavers, herons, ducks and muskrats. Especially along the southern half, deer are easy to spot. Complete trail map, guide and directions

After biking, stop at Bomoseen State Park for picnic lunch and swimming (1.5 hours). Save room for an ice cream from the snack bar. Travel back to camp.

Free time: relax and play around camp

Paddle and fish on Half Moon Pond (1.5 hour) Kids under 14 fish for free; canoes, single and double kayaks available for rent in the park.

Dinner, campfire, s’mores, play in campground

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Breakfast in camp

Hike to High Pond on Daniel Coffey Memorial Trail (1 hour, ¾ mile)
Scenic walk through open forest to secluded High Pond. See beavers, ducks, turtles and frogs. Complete trail map and guide

Break camp, pack lunches to go, check out of park

Drive to Bomoseen State Park and hike the Slate History Trail (1 hour, 3/4 mile)
Guides you through the remains of the West Castleton Railroad & Slate Company. A self guiding pamphlet is available at the park office.

Take one last swim in Lake Bomoseen (1 hour)

Travel home, have lunch on the road.

More Camping Tips & Tricks:

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Checklists & Instruction Sheets
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Menus & Recipes
Seven camp-tested menus with recipes and shopping lists for any appetite
Fun Activities
Here we give you some ideas of fun things to do on your next camping trip
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Park Events
All summer you can attend free concerts, nature and interpretive programs in the parks, see our schedule.


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