Adirondack Campgrounds

Camping in the Adirondacks on Lake Eaton
Adirondack Camping
Johnathan Esper

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A loon's tremolo call rings out just beyond tent walls. The summer breeze whispers through a canopy of maple and ash trees. Stay close to nature at these Adirondack campgrounds.

Privately run campgrounds come with rustic amenities: stake your tent at Blue Jay Campsite on Big Tupper Lake, where a marina offers daily paddleboard rentals. Spruce up with a hot shower before sampling craft beer at Raquette River Brewery, just six miles away. Or make your own fun at state campgrounds on pristine lakes; at Limekiln Lake Campground, situated in the southwestern Adirondack foothills, visitors rent canoes to explore remote shorelines. Many, but not all, of the public campgrounds throughout the Adirondack Region also offer RV parks and hookups.

Looking to reconnect with your primitive self? Experienced backpackers hike into wild forest with supplies on their back. If you plan a Lake Colden overnight deep in the High Peaks Wilderness, look for yellow plastic discs nailed to a tree. These mark designated backcountry campsites at least 150 feet away from trail or water sources, served by outhouses.

And come back soon—each tent site offers the unique perspective only found in the Adirondack wilderness.

Real Adirondack Stories
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Adirondack Waterfalls
– Visit Adirondacks

The contour of the Adirondack terrain and steep topography coupled with rich lush forests and reliable precipitation make for spectacular waterfalls throughout the region.

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.

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