Outdoor Vacations — Camping in the Adirondacks
In the Adirondacks' unspoiled wilderness, experience camping as it was meant to be — and create your ideal outdoor vacation. Amazingly, you will find most of our campsites are located on the waterfront. Head into the mountains for an overnight of hiking in the Adirondacks, or simply enjoy a weekend away with family and friends at one of the many state-owned and operated drive-to campgrounds.
Family camping in the Adirondacks
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.
Find family-friendly campgrounds, such as Lake Eaton in Long Lake, with full 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, offering rustic amenities such as pit privies, picnic tables, and fireplaces for a truly unique camping experience.
Car camping in the Adirondacks
Adirondack campgrounds redefine the notion of what a camping trip is. Many campsites in the Adirondacks are accessible by car, so you can stay on the water without sacrificing comfort or amenities. Wake up to the gentle sound of waves lapping against the shore, spend your days exploring the Adirondack's unique attractions, and relax as evening settles in with the hushed quiet of a spectacular sunset.
Experience the Adirondack backcountry
Explore one of the only places in the Adirondack Park 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. Perfect your 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 serve so get there early to stake your tent.
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