Backcountry camping is allowed on the Adirondack Forest Preserve as well as State Forest lands outside of the Adirondack Park. Camping is prohibited on Unique Areas, Wildlife Management Areas and a few other categories of state land. Hiking is generally permitted anywhere on state lands, however, special restrictions apply to both Adirondack mountain biking and horseback riding.
Rules and guidelines for the use of public lands managed by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) can be found below.
Specific land units in the Forest Preserve may have regulations that differ from the rules and guidelines listed below. The DEC website contains additional information on backcountry camping, or contact the DEC Forest Rangers at 518- 897-1300.