The Assembly Area is a DEC state-managed, exclusively
equine camping facility that the riding public can use for
free. From there, you can access all the Otter Creek Horse
The Assembly Area is a well-maintained, horse-friendly zone
comprised of 3 campsite lots connected by one-way
driveways. It has trailhead parking and an overflow camping
area. The state provides a dumping station that enables
campers to empty their black-water holds when full or upon
You and your horse will like the Assembly Area amenities.
There are 100 roofed tie stalls that have horse water taps
within reach. The public restroom has running water, but no
Each camping area has horse ties, hefty picnic tables,
concrete fire pits, and a manure-dumping enclosure. Sorry,
no electricity. For gatherings, the state has provided a
pavilion with a community fire pit.
There’s not much more than minimal regulatory control
needed in the Assembly Area. Riders are asked to register at
a central kiosk and post their permit on their vehicle. You’ll
also find a ranger station with a pay phone. An emergency
call to 9-1-1 will summon the law or medical help.
In terms of horse papers, bring your current Coggins
certificate to show your horse is negative for equine
infectious anemia. If you’re not from New York State, a 30-
day health certificate from your veterinarian is also required.