The stunning Saranac Lakes Wild Forest (SLWF) is 79,000 acres of state land within the Adirondack Park. It is situated near the communities of Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake and Lake Placid. Hundreds of extraordinary backcountry campsites may be found throughout the area offering many recreational opportunities, including but not limited to hiking, mountain biking, canoeing and fishing. Popular hiking attractions include Scarface and Panther Mountains, Fernow Nature Trail, and the Lake Placid Peninsula Nature Trails. Many people enjoy boating and camping on Upper, Middle and Lower Saranac Lakes.
For your safety, backcountry camping for more than three nights, or in a group of ten or more requires a permit from a Forest Ranger. Camping at designated sites in the backcountry is done on a first come, first served basis. There is no reservation system for these primitive campsites. Campsites in popular areas fill up quickly on weekends so plan accordingly. Please observe all State Land camping and hiking rules and, to learn more about backcountry camping, visit www.dec.ny.gov.
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