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.

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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!

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The Adirondack Park is one of the most spectacular natural attractions in New York and lies within a day‘s drive for much of the Northeastern United States, as well as Ontario and Quebec. Once you visit — you‘ll always return.
Panoramic View of Perfection: Island Camping in the ADKs

"It was so calm, so clean, and so pure ... I had never been to a place like this before." Jen shares why the Adirondacks are so dear to her heart, and takes you on an Adirondack island camping excursion with her friends.

Types of Camping in the Adirondacks

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.


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.


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 It! 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.

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.

Backcountry Camping

Step back in time and enjoy pristine 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.

Real Adirondack Stories
Fall asleep under the bright stars and awake to vistas of reflecting lakes, sunrises over mountaintops, and summits overlooking the Adirondacks; all while you breathe in the crisp clean mountain air.
Island Camping on the Saranacs
– Natasha Stevens

I left promptly; the summer afternoon was sunny and a soft summer breeze floated lazily through the air. My bags were waiting for me at home, packed full of all my favorite floral dresses and sparkly sandals.

I Camp, Therefore I am
– Rebecca Steffan

Before I could walk or talk, summer meant camping. It was knit into my bones before they hardened, into my vocabulary before I spoke my first word. It is my inescapable fact: I am a camper.

Sunset while camping the the Adirondacks
Photograph of Piseco Lake by @johnathanesper "The day you stop learning is the day you stop living.” Tetsuyama-san Had a great few weeks photographing the spring season here in the Adirondacks. Now I am off to Oregon and Washington to become a student once more as I am taking a photography workshop with my favorite photographer, @marcadamus Excited to learn and implement that in my photography.
Van camping in the Adirondacks
Photograph by @radam_gnawrot Good morning Adirondacks! ~Link in bio~ @gorumpl #adklife #visitadks #adirondacks #pureadk #vanlife #vanlifers #vantanamobae #homeiswhereyouparkit
Relaxing by an Adirondack waterfall
Photograph of Shelving Rock Falls by @codysoule Finally broke the hammock out of its winter hibernation. If you time it right, you'll get even the most popular places to yourself! | #upperrightusa #neverstopexploring #rei1440project #nature #gopro #goprooftheday #goprouniverse #adk #adirondacks #visitadks #pureadk #goxplr #ihikeny #iloveny #hiking #ispyny #liveyouradventure #goproeverything #freshairandfreedom #landscape #naturelovers #optoutside #llbeanmoment #bucketlist #exploremore #theoutbound #meetthemoment #newyorkexplored #waterfall #goeast
Adirondack Bald Eagle
Photograph by @jldeitzWhile Photographing the sunrise I shared recently, we had an Eagle for company perched on the very top of a White Pine. Much of it was left in shadow, I didn't think I would have any shot whatsoever. My Mother insisted that she run back to the room to grab my wildlife lens. She returned just in time as the Eagle took flight into the fog.
Hammock Camping in the Adirondacks
Photograph by @linkedringphotography Perfect start to the day! @enohammocks #getoutandhammock #hammock #hammocklife #adirondacks
Pharaoh Lake, Adirondacks
Photograph of Pharaoh Lake [email protected] Pharaoh Lake offers some of the best camping and backpacking in the #Adirondacks. There are several lean-tos along the lake, as well as great spots for stargazing ... like this shot - the clear sky and smoldering campfire created the perfect environment to capture the moment.
Sunset Socks
Photograph by @vinchenzz Watching the weekend set... // #VisitAdks #Adirondacks #CampADKs
Indian Head, Adirondacks
Photograph of Indian Head by @jonathanzphotography_ Waited nine months to take this picture. I Went to this location in October and waited till July. This day, I hiked over 23 miles and half of that involved getting this photo. I spent the night at this location in a hammock underneath Pinetree's behind this photo. This is Indianhead rock overlooking lower Ausable lake. #neverstopexploring #ItsAmazingOutThere #nikonphotographers #nikon_photography_ #nikon #nikontop #photography#adirondacks #water #PureADK #astrophotography #nationalgeographic #passion #newyork @pureadirondacks @visitadirondacks @adirondackvibes @adirondacklifemagazine #nikonnofilter
Adirondack Stream
Photograph by @brianscottphoto I love Autumn, around every bend in the trail there is a photo
Adirondack Sunset
Photograph by @sspencervtFire on the mountain... // #VisitAdks #Adirondacks #CampADKs
Adirondack Sunrise
Photograph by @nolan___h The #adkwknd continues... // #VisitAdks #Adirondacks
Silver Lake Mountain, Adirondacks
Photograph of Silver Lake Mountain by @brendanwiltsephoto Good morning from the summit of Silver Lake Mountain! // #adirondacks #visitadks #adklifemag #ispyny #upstatenewyork #upperrightusa #sunrise #goodmorning #iphone #neverstopexploring #rei1440project #wilderness #bewildny #ihikeny #hiking #backpacking
The Adirondack Regions
The Adirondack Regions feature over 100 welcoming communities, mountains, lakes, verdant valleys and steep cliffs. Spanning more than six million acres, the Adirondack Mountains are home to the largest protected natural area in the lower 48 of the United States. Like a patchwork quilt, the Adirondacks are made up of twelve distinct regional destinations, each offering their own brand of Adirondack adventure. From the endless canoeing and kayaking in the Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake regions, to the extensive hiking trails of the High Peaks Wilderness in the Lake Placid Region - discover an area as diverse in geography as it is in activities and events. Bicycle between wineries on the Adirondack Coast, or dive to sunken shipwrecks in the Adirondack Seaway near the Canadian Border. You're invited to explore the Lake George Region's family-friendly attractions and discover the Adirondack Tug Hill Plateau's one-of-a-kind recreation opportunities.
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