We heard it would probably happen & now the time has come. We just received word that the NY State DEC is planning to close the Shawangunk Multiple Use Area (MUA) campground on May 3rd, 2016.
The MUA was the only free camping at the Gunks. Run by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, it offered primitive tent spots off of the busy Route 44-55 in Gardiner, NY. Facilities were limited to a porta-potty.
If you plan to stay at the American Alpine Club’s Gunks Campground instead, we encourage you to make advanced reservations.
Please spread the word.
In memory of the MUA campground, please tell us your best stories about the MUA in the comments section below or email them to us. Feel free to include photos. We’ll compile them and post an online eulogy to keep the memory alive.