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.