Part of our Regional Camping in New York State Series

In this post, we are focused on camping in the Adirondacks Region. One of the many reasons this region is so special is because it is the largest protected back-country east of the Mississippi River. Lake Placid, home of the '32 and '80 Winter Olympic Games, Lake George, Old Forge, Lake Champlain and Plattsburgh are just a few areas that make up the Adirondacks region, which is roughly the size of Vermont!


Camping in the Adirondacks
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The Adirondack Region has over 3,000 lakes and ponds, which guarantees that there are dozens of amazing campgrounds around! With six million acres, the Adirondack region is perfect for camping. There are endless amounts of trails for biking and hiking, and so many bodies of water for boating, swimming, and fishing.

Camping doesn’t have to stop in the fall – in fact, in the Adirondack region, fall events and festivals are still going on well into the season. The colorful fall foliage is the perfect scene for all of your camping adventures this autumn. Picture perfect backdrop for all of your kayaking, canoeing, hiking, and family time.

Here are just a few ideas of some things you can do: 

Ausable River Chasm

The Ausable River Chasm is one of the oldest attractions in North America. It was opened to the public in 1870, and since then there has been amenities added which makes this a fun place to visit. Often referred to as the “Grand Canyon of the Adirondacks,” Ausable Chasm allows you to experience the Adirondacks in a new way. You can take a two-part tour which includes a scenic hike followed by a float tour through the lower chasm on a raft. You can go biking, play disc golf, go rock climbing, and so much more.


Ausable River Chasm in the Adirondacks
Photo courtesy Emma Percy

The Lake Champlain Ferries Systems

On the other side of Lake Champlain sits beautiful Vermont. There are three ferries that travel across the lake, and one of them travels year-round - Grand Isle, VT to Plattsburgh, NY; Burlington, VT to Port Kent, NY; and Charlotte, VT to Essex, NY. While you’re camping in the Adirondacks Region, take a day trip and explore everything Vermont has to offer! The ferry ride is only about an hour and a half, and you can bring your car with you across the lake! 

Whiteface Lake Placid 

There is so much to do at Whiteface Lake Placid. This is the perfect place for skiing in the winter. The top of Whiteface Mountain is the highest mountain in the east, and around you are dozens of hills for skiing. There are 87 trails, and 1/3 of those trails are rated for expert skiers. In the summer, you can go hiking on the trails, or take a 30' free-fall into the Whiteface Airbag. The Scenic Cloudsplitter Gondola Ride is offered year-round, and it allows you to see all the beautiful sites of the Adirondacks without the hiking.  

Old Forge

Old Forge is home to New York's Largest Water Theme Park - Enchanted Forest Water Safari. There are over 50 rides, including over 30 heated outdoor water rides! There is something to do for all ages, from toddles to seniors! Enjoy a nice day outside when you go on a Historic Steamboat Cruise through the Fulton Chain of Lakes! Enjoy go-karts, mini-golf, batting cages, an art arcade, and so much more at Calypso's Cove, located next door to Enchanted Forest Water Safari! 

If you have yet to try camping in the Adirondacks region, it should be added to your bucket list. Let us know if you have been to the Adirondack region, and if so, what your favorite spot is! 

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