Spanning six million acres, the Adirondack Park has 46 high peaks, over 3,000 lakes and ponds, and thousands of miles of trails and canoe routes. Adirondack camping provides spectacular landscapes that present opportunities for hiking, fishing, swimming and boating.
The scenic Adirondack State Park, the largest protected back-country east of the Mississippi River, is just part of a widespread network of pristine nature preserves, both public and private. The entire expanse of the park is roughly the size of Vermont and is greater than the National Parks of Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Glacier, and Great Smoky Mountains combined. From Lake George Campgrounds to other regional Adirondack campgrounds, the area has a lot of options.
You may have heard of classic Adirondacks Region destinations like Lake Placid (home of the ’32 and ’80 Winter Olympic Games), Lake George, Saranac Lake, Old Forge, Tupper Lake, Johnstown, and Plattsburgh, as well as Lake Champlain, Whiteface Mountain, the Ausable River Chasm, and Blue Mountain Lake, just to name a very few.
Did you know? The Lake Champlain Ferries System has three separate crossings between the Adirondacks Region and Vermont, with one operating year round? Grand Isle, VT to Plattsburgh, NY; Burlington, VT to Port Kent, NY; and Charlotte, VT to Essex, NY.
Explore Adirondack camping by checking out some of the regional campgrounds below.
“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity...” – John Muir
Photo courtesy Adirondacks Regional Tourism Council