Visiting Information

With prior arrangement, you are invited to visit the Center. Please call us at 845-586-3225 well in advance of your trip.

Getting to the Blue Deer Center

1155 County Route 6 (also known as County Hwy 6 and New Kingston Rd.)
Margaretville, NY 12455

Please let us know about your travel plans.

Please Note: The Driving Directions listed below are the easiest to follow, much easier than any of the Online Map Services.


Driving Directions From the Albany Airport:

  • Start out going Southeast on Albany Shaker Rd/NYI-155 towards Wolf Rd. Merge onto I-87 South at about 1.2 miles.
  • Take I-87 South from Albany Airport to Kingston (exit 19), 62 miles. This is a toll way, so be prepared to pay a toll.
  • From Exit 19, go West on Highway 28 (the first right off the traffic circle) towards Pine Hill and Woodstock. This is approximately 58 miles to the Blue Deer Center.
  • You will know you are getting close when Highway 28 begins to go thru Fleischman’s, Arkville, and then past the Hess Gas Station and the entrance to Margaretville (you will see a flashing yellow light overhead).
  • Continue on for around 5 miles (you will pass a sign for the State Police and when the road begins to curve and the speed limit slows to 35, you are getting very close to the turn).
  • You will see a blue sign for County Route 6, and a green sign for New Kingston Road. Turn right. We are approximately 1 mile up on the left after the turn for the Homestead Farmstate. You will see our sign for the Blue Deer Center and a driveway marked on both sides by large stone pillars.
  • Turn left into the driveway and follow it to the Main House at the end. Welcome to the BDC!

Driving Directions From New York City:

• Take I-87 North (the thruway) for 96 miles to Kingston, exit 19. This is a toll way, so be prepared to pay a toll.

• From Exit 19, go West on Highway 28 (the first right off the traffic circle) towards Pine Hill and Woodstock. This is approximately 58 miles to the Blue Deer Center.

• You will know you are getting close when Highway 28 begins to go thru Fleischman’s, Arkville, and then past the Hess Gas Station and the entrance to Margaretville (you will see a flashing yellow light overhead).

• Continue on for around 5 miles (you will pass a sign for the State Police and when the road begins to curve and the speed limit slows to 35, you are getting very close to the turn).

• You will see a blue sign for Route 6, and a green sign for New Kingston Road. Turn right. We are approximately 1 mile up on the left after the turn for the Homestead Farm Resort. You will see a Blue Deer sign and mosaic at a driveway marked on both sides by large stone pillars. Turn left into the driveway and follow all the way to the Main House at the end of the driveway. Welcome to the BDC!


Air Travel

The closest major airport is in Albany. Albany International Airport is two hours by car or 3 1/2 hours by bus. LaGuardia and Kennedy in New York City are two other options but require a longer commute. For programs ending before 2pm, we advise taking flights after 6pm. For programs ending after 2pm, we recommend flying the following day. You can reserve a room for an extra night and take the bus to the airport in the morning.

Public Transportation

Available from Albany International Airport and New York City Port Authority. We provide free shuttle service to and from the Trailways bus stop in Margaretville, NY.

TRAILWAYS (800) 858–8555

• Albany International Airport: Take the Trailways bus (leaves daily at 12:25pm) to Kingston, NY for transfer to Margaretville, NY.

• New York City Airports: Take Airport Shuttle to the Port Authority and then the Trailways bus directly to Margaretville.

By Rental Car or Limo from Albany Airport

A list of rental car companies that operate at Albany airport and their contact information can be found at http://www.albanyairport.com/car_rentals.ph. A list of limousine services can be found at http://www.albanyairport.com/taxi_limo.php.

We suggest that you check out carrentals.com or priceline.com to get a reduced rate on a rental car. With PriceLine you can “name your own price” for a car and can often get deals that are about half of the regular fee. You may also want to check and see what times you can pick-up and return the rental car to save money.

If you would like us to put you in touch with others arriving at approximately the same time to share a rental car from the airport, please contact Linda at 845-586-3225 ext. 1 or email lindafelch [at] bluedeer [dot] org. Of course we can not guarantee that such an arrangement can be made. We recommend flying in between 2 and 4 PM on arrival day and flying out after 7 PM or the day after the program ends if you want to share a car.

  • Take I-87 North (the thruway) for 96 miles to Kingston, exit 19. This is a toll way, so be prepared to pay a toll.
  • From Exit 19, go West on Highway 28 (the first right off the traffic circle) towards Pine Hill and Woodstock. This is approximately 58 miles to the Blue Deer Center.
  • You will know you are getting close when Highway 28 begins to go thru Fleischman’s, Arkville, and then past the Hess Gas Station and the entrance to Margaretville (you will see a flashing yellow light overhead).
  • Continue on for around 5 miles (you will pass a sign for the State Police and when the road begins to curve and the speed limit slows to 35, you are getting very close to the turn).
  • You will see a blue sign for Route 6, and a green sign for New Kingston Road. Turn right. We are approximately 1 mile up on the left after the turn for the Homestead Farmstate. You will see our sign for the Blue Deer Center and a driveway marked on both sides by large stone pillars. Turn left into the driveway and follow it to the Main House at the end. Welcome to the BDC!