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Camping in the Adirondacks

Awake to a new world, one of clean mountain air and endless days of adventure on the water and in the mountains.

view through the opening of a camping tent in the Adirondacks

Camping in the Adirondacks of Northern New York offers a chance to get back to nature without leaving civilization too far behind. Enjoy the soothing sounds of an evening in the woods - the crackle of a campfire, the trilling call of loons - and rejuvenate your senses. This six-million-acre park offers thousands of campsites and hundreds of campgrounds - from state-owned and operated, to private campgrounds with family-friendly amenities. Camping is the perfect way to relax after hiking one of the 46 Adirondack High Peaks, and preparing for the next!

Island Camping

Island camping is just one of the many ways to experience the richness of all that the Adirondack Mountains have to offer. Sail along the beautiful shoreline and fall asleep to the quiet lap of waves. The Saranac Lake Islands in the Adirondack provide secluded and peaceful island campsites. A state boat launch is located on State Route 3 just six miles west of Saranac Lake. Throughout the three lake chain, find 55 campsites equipped with a pit privy and fire ring. Spend the day fishing in the Adirondacks, or enjoy a picnic at one of five day-use areas.

island camping in the Adirondacks

Glamping

Think camping in the Adirondacks is all about pitching a tent in the woods and trying to light a campfire? Think again. The Adirondacks offer a wide range of expeditions and experiences, including glamour camping, or "glamping." Guests can hire a licensed Adirondack Guide to cater to their every whim in the wilderness. Enjoy a massage by the lake, gourmet meals, and nightly entertainment.

glamping site in the Adirondacks

Campgrounds

Find family-friendly camping no matter where you are in the Adirondacks. From the many attractions and recreation opportunities in the Lake George area, to a wilderness camping experience in the Adirondack Experience Region, find a campground perfect for your group. The Adirondack Region boasts a multitude of campgrounds, offering a passport to the wilderness in the center of the Adirondack Park. Enjoy waterfront campsites, a backcountry trek or a family getaway on Golden Beach in Raquette Lake. This state-owned and operated campsite offers boating, fishing and day-use facilities adjacent to the beach.

campgrounds in the Adirondacks

RV Camping

RV camping is possible throughout the park, and many Adirondack communities offer electrical, water and sewer hookups. Spend a weekend or week enjoying easy access to attractions such as golf courses, water parks, and community festivals.

RV camping in the Adirondacks

Backcountry Camping

Step back in time and enjoy pristine Adirondack backcountry camping. Take a float plane ride, and then head out into the Moose River Plains, where motorized vehicles are unheard of. Primitive camping is allowed on public lands through the Adirondack wilderness. The camping areas are designated with a yellow "camp here" disk. Sites must be at least 150 feet from any trail, roadway or body of water.

The St. Regis Canoe Wilderness in the Saranac Lake Region offers some of the best backcountry paddling and camping experiences found in the entire park. As the only canoe wilderness of its kind in New York State, this Adirondack Lakes canoe wilderness offers miles of scenic paddling and access to nearly 20 miles of hiking trails. Chose from 75 primitive campsites and three lean-tos and enjoy the majestic natural beauty of the Adirondack Mountains.

camping tent set up in the Adirondack wilderness

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