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 Trails.
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 leaving.
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 showers.
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.
The DEC does not provide trail maps on site so please print one out before you go or purchase a full sized full color version at one of many retail locations on your way to the trails.