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Camping near Tupper Lake

At the crossroads of the Adirondacks, Tupper Lake is perfectly placed for adventures.

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Located in the heart of the Adirondack Park, you’re never far from nature in Tupper Lake, New York. Not only is the village an excellent jumping off point for exploring the Adirondacks, it’s also home to pristine waters that are ideal for swimming and paddling in, as well as secluded trails. You’ll also find the popular Wild Center, a natural history ecocenter, here, as well as the Adirondack Sky Center and Observatory. Add in some great breweries and restaurants and you have all the fixings for the perfect New York getaway. 

Where to Go

Saranac Lake

Just a 25-minute drive away, Saranac Lake forms part of the Tri-Lakes Region along with Tupper Lake. Surrounded by high peaks, the town has a charming downtown lined with galleries and restaurants and the area has plenty of hiking trails and canoe routes. A few miles away, 87 boat-access campsites at Saranac Lake Islands span Middle Saranac Lake and Lower Saranac Lake. 

Lake Placid

The third of the lakes that make up the Tri-Lakes Region is Lake Placid, a 40-minute drive from Tupper Lake. A two-time Winter Olympics host, the village is a hub for snowsports, including bobsledding and ski jumping. Nearby, the Adirondack Mountain Club's Wilderness Campground has tent sites, lean-tos, and canvas cabins. 

Ausable Chasm

Known as the “Grand Canyon of the Adirondacks,” Ausable Chasm is a two-mile-long gorge that has been carved into the landscape by the Au Sable river. Visitors can hike along roaring rapids and across suspension bridges, or go rafting through the bottom of the canyon. Ausable Chasm is around an hour and a half’s drive from Tupper Lake.

When to Go

Warm weather and long days make spring and summer ideal for enjoying the trails and water activities on offer, and are the most popular seasons to visit the Tri-Lakes Region and the Adirondacks generally. Fall offers fewer crowds and golden landscapes. For snowsports enthusiasts, winter is even more appealing with many visitors flocking to Lake Placid to enjoy everything from skiing and bobsledding to snowshoeing and dog sledding.

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