Notice: effective March 25, all state-run campgrounds are closed to overnight visitors, through April 30, 2020. This measure is in effect to help control the spread of the novel coronavirus. Campers with reservations through April 30 will receive refunds for their stay. In addition, the state campgrounds are not currently taking new reservations. This will be reviewed by the state Department of Environmental Conservation and updates will be shared as soon as possible.
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.
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.
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, 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 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.
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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.