Adirondack Camping

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.

Two children roast hot dogs over a daytime campfire.

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.

Car camping

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.

A camper van with roof popped up sits among trees at a wooded campsite.

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.

A night sky bright with stars above a campsite with tent and fire.

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

Family Camping 101

Camping, Birding and Exploring Along Horseshoe Lake

7 Days at Lake Durant

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.

Leave No Trace 7 Principles


(518) 548-5500


471 Old Piseco Rd
Piseco, NY 12139
Since 1892 the Irondequoit Inn has been the chosen retreat for generations of families. Nestled at the shores of scenic Piseco Lake, this rustic inn offers everything you need for a relaxing Adirondack vacation.
278 Bisby Rd
Old Forge, NY 13420
Nicks Lake Campground is a state DEC Campground. Over 100 campsites are available for reservation. In winter, it is open for snowmobiling.
Rte 30
Long Lake, NY 12847
Forked Lake Campground is surrounded by the Sargent Ponds Wild Forest and is located on the east shore of 1248 acre Forked Lake.
Route 28
Blue Mountain Lake, NY 12812
Lake Durant Campground is located on the east shore of 327-acre Lake Durant. The remote central Adirondack setting of this facility offers relaxing, quiet beauty, and breathtaking views of Blue Mountain.
State Route 30
Indian Lake, NY 12842
Peaceful, secluded, wooded campsites located on the water. Offering 197 campsites, a swimming beach and a boat launch, Lewey Lake Campground is a true Adirondack "get away from it all" campground.
Lewey Lake State Campground is all lakeside.
Limekiln Lake Rd
Inlet, NY 13360
Limekiln Lake Campground is run by the DEC. Getting there From downtown Inlet travel 0.75 mile northeast on Route 28 and turn right on Limekiln Lake Road. Drive 2 miles to the campsite entrance on the right.
Limekiln Lake is a local favorite for seeing foliage.
Old Piseco Rd
Piseco, NY 12139
Great quiet family campground with 78 large wooded well-spaced campsites, located on picturesque Piseco Lake.
Little Sand Point State Campground has great boating and paddling.
Rte 30
Wells, NY 12190
Located in the southern portion of the Adirondacks, this area has splendid scenery of the east and west branches of the Sacanadga River meeting at this point.
A boat access only campground which provides great views of Raquette Lake and the surrounding mountains. This is a state DEC (Dept. of Environmental Conservation) Campground. There is a camping fee.
Uncas Road Raquette Lake near
Inlet, NY 13360
Tucked away in seclusion a short way off the main tourist route, this "jewel" of a campground remains one of the best kept secrets in the Adirondacks.
Rte 28
Raquette Lake, NY 13436
Located on the south shore of beautiful Raquette Lake, DEC's Golden Beach Campground offers 205 tent and trailer sites, picnic area with tables and fireplaces, flush toilets, hot showers, trailer dump station, recycling center, mobility impaired access
Route 30
Indian Lake, NY 12842
Beautiful islands offering wild forest camping and some of the best recreational boating in the Adirondacks, the Indian Lake Islands Campground is located on the southern shore of 4,365 acre Indian Lake.
Beautiful islands offering wild forest camping.
Rte 30
Long Lake, NY 12847
Lake Eaton offers a number of secluded sites that will please any camper. Lakeside sites will have beautiful sunset views and woodland sites are filled with relaxing forest sights and sounds. Canoe, rowboat, and kayak rentals are available.
1365 County Route 24
Piseco, NY 12139
With sandy beaches and incredible rolling hills all around, this is the place to be on Lake Piseco. Take it all in as you hike, swim, paddle, and fish. 
Route 30
Long Lake, NY 12847
A fully accessible wilderness area located near Long Lake, it has picnic areas for day trips, space for overnights, and room to enjoy the wilderness.
Several leantos to choose from, on all access hiking paths.
Route 28
Inlet, NY 13360
Enjoy extensive hiking and biking trails, or take to the water with DEC canoe rentals. In winter, this is a snowmobile area.
A wonderful place to camp, swim, hike, and more!
Rte 8 Page Street
Speculator, NY 12164
Located on picturesque Sacandaga Lake, the area is generally flat and well wooded with large white pines and hardwoods. There is an interpreter/activity program on site that will provide entertainment for kids.
Hideaway Campsite


(518) 624-3340


North Point Rd
Long Lake, NY 12847