Camping in the ADK ranges from primitive backcountry sites to Bear Mountain's cozy cabins. Hike around Lake Placid, canoe or kayak on family-friendly Tupper Lake.
The Adirondack mountains lift you into an entirely different mindset and environment, one that is dense with trees, mountains, waterways, and an abundance of fresh mountain air. If you’re looking to camp but don’t have a car, you’re in luck—Amtrak travels directly into the park. Camp in a tent or RV beside Lake Champlain.
Climb some peaks and get to experience the park's wild nature with some primitive camping, which is permitted in most Forest Preserve lands here as long as you stay at least 150 feet from any trails, roads, or bodies of water. Island camping is popular in the Adirondacks, considering the region contains at least 3,000 ponds and lakes. Throw your gear in the canoe and head off into the Saranac Lake Islands, Indian Lake Islands, or Lake George Islands, where you can camp and paddle in areas unreachable by foot and catch your own fish for dinner. If paddling and portaging your way through remote waterways is your thing, The St. Regis Canoe Wilderness is another spot with endless opportunities for paddling, hiking, and backcountry tent and lean-to camping.