Outdoor living — camping in the Adirondacks
In the unspoiled wilderness of the Adirondacks, a place where outdoor living is a true experience, camping is one of the best, purest ways to experience this amazing region. Because the central Adirondacks have so many lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams, most of our campsites are located on the water. State-owned campgrounds are always a great deal. To be even more rugged, we have backcountry camping areas in the woods where the stars are bright and the scenery is sublime. Camping here, no matter how it's done, is a wonderful way to simply enjoy an outdoor Adirondack adventure, s'mores included.
Bring the family
The scents of wood smoke, toasted marshmallows, or sunscreen is all it takes to bring back the memories of family camping vacations. Children remember camping as the time they had you all to themselves. Roast some hot dogs, go for a hike, tell ghost stories, and be a kid — with your kids.
Family-friendly campgrounds, such as Lake Eaton in Long Lake, are full of amenities including showers, bathhouses, and canoe and boat rentals, as well as easy lake access for unparalleled boating and swimming. The campsites on the Indian Lake Islands are boat-access only, with rustic amenities such as pit privies, picnic tables, and fireplaces for a more rustic, but unforgettable camping experience in the big outdoors.
Adirondack campgrounds redefine the notion of what a camping trip is. Many campsites in the Adirondacks are easily accessible by car, so visitors can stay on the water without sacrificing comfort or amenities. The feeling of waking up to the gentle sound of waves lapping against the shore, spending days exploring the Adirondack's unique attractions, and relaxing as evening settles in with the hushed quiet of a spectacular sunset are truly special, truly Adirondack experiences.
Experience the Adirondack backcountry
Explore one of the only places in the Adirondacks where you can hire a scenic float plane to fly into the heart of the Adirondack Mountains. Charter a flight into the forest for backcountry exploration or book a guided canoe trip. From rugged to refined, professional guides offer a wide range of outings. This is where you go to perfect casting on a deep mountain lake, enjoy freshly-caught fish next to a sparkling river, and sleep under the stars on a guided trip lasting one day or several.
Adirondack backcountry camping is abundant throughout our region and campsites can be found along hiking trails and paddling routes. Places like the Moose River Plains and Perkins Clearing near the village of Speculator offer the best of both camping experiences, including drive-to access in the Adirondack backcountry and free of charge camping. Sites are first come, first served.
To learn more about camping experiences in Hamilton County, enjoy out these informative blogs:
Forked Lake Camping By Land and By Lake
Camping, Birding and Exploring Along Horseshoe Lake
Tips & Tricks: Camp Like a Pro
Leave No Trace
The magic of the Adirondacks is the result of previous generations taking a long view and protecting the mountains, lakes, and rivers within the Blue Line. That tradition continues today as we support and encourage everyone to practice Leave No Trace ethics, which help protect the lands and waters of the Adirondacks.