Camping in Adirondacks

Whether you’re looking for island camping, a cabin, or a primitive backcountry experience, you’ll find your adventure in the Adirondacks.

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White Pine Camp

1 site · Tent4 acres · Keene, Essex
Keene NY. Beautiful woodlot with mountain views. In the heart of the High Peaks. Minutes from most 46er peaks and mountain bike trails. Footsteps away from the Ausable River. Peaceful spot on quiet back road. In town but out of town feel. Restored pine plantation and fruit orchard (active restoration in progress). PortaJohn. No running water. Owner lives on the premises.
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New Leaf Organics

6 sites · Lodging5 acres · Bristol, Addison
We've been farming here for 16 years, growing 5 acres of vegetables and flowers, all marketed within 50 miles of the farm. The farm sits on 90 acres right up against the Hogbacks and is only 5 miles from quaint Bristol village and tons of outdoor recreation opportunities.Our cozy, private, rustic mountain yurt is a 30’ foot space located in an upper field tucked into a wooded hillside. Views facing east are great for watching the sunrise and a kitchen and outhouse mean you’ve got everything you need to get out of town for a few days.* The location provides a serene, intimate getaway for couples, artists or anyone looking for a bit of mindful downtime and introspection. The yurt is insulated and heated by a wood stove. It is equipped with a full-sized bed, couch, breakfast table with four chairs and night table. Linens included.Surrounding fields are available for tent camping should you want to host a larger event and use the yurt for its kitchen and gathering space (the furniture can be removed). The yurt and its verdant surroundings are great for day-long wellness retreats, sound baths, yoga workshops, art classes and more.Farm tours, floral workshops and personalized catered meals by Blossom Kitchen and Catering, the on-site vegetarian kitchen, are available upon request for delivery to the yurt with at least two days’ notice. This is a perfect relaxation spot for bikers and hikers - Just beyond the yurt you can enjoy, or even help to improve newly constructed mountain biking trails Addison County Bike Club’s members have been working on. Rivers and lakes with swimming holes are an easy drive away, as is the charming mountain village of Bristol, with a fully stocked supermarket, two breweries, restaurants of all price ranges, shops and more. We are 30 minutes from the Burlington International Airport, and the closest Amtrak train station in Rutland is an hour drive.It is best to arrive before sunset. Please do not arrive in the middle of the night.
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Riverfront

3 sites · Tents8 acres · Keene, Essex
Ausable riverfront sites. Close proximity to hiking, kayaking, fishing, mt biking and lake placid. High peaks within a 5 minute drive. Please when you arrive, don’t go up Manning’s way!!! Neighbors are getting aggravated. We are across the street from Manning’s way on the river side of the road. Message me for physical address
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Romantic Getaway

1 site · Lodging1 acre · Keene Valley, Essex
The cottage was built in the 1880s by a Keene Valley artist who loved its location on a high point with a beautiful view. Our family has owned the property since 1906, and we often stay in a house down the hill (not visible from the cottage). Keene Valley is a very special place for us, and almost everyone who comes to visit feels the same way. Learn more about this land:Come stay in our 1880s vintage summer cottage, built as a studio by a Keene Valley artist on a secluded and elevated spot in the center of the Adirondacks' High Peaks. It has a gorgeous view of Giant, Hopkins and Spread Eagle mountains. The summer cottage overlooks a cliff and is a few hundred yards from the nearest house, a classic Adirondack camp that shares its driveway but can't be seen. Even so, it is within walking distance of the village of Keene Valley, where you won't want to miss homemade donuts at the Noonmark Diner. Hikers love it because it's a 20-minute walk to The Garden, one of the largest and most popular trailheads in the Adirondacks that has very little parking.The cottage has a huge covered porch (not screened) that looks out on the mountains and functions as an outdoor dining room with a view. The accommodations are rustic but comfortable: a bedroom with a double bed; a kitchen with a stove, refrigerator, microwave, toaster, and coffee maker; a bathroom with a shower/bath; and a large sitting room with a stone fireplace and a futon that sleeps two. There is a one-room cabin nearby (also available for rent) with a screened porch that is perfect for sleeping in the summer. 
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Sherwood Forest

1 site · Tent2 acres · Elizabethtown, Essex
Tons of hiking nearby in the middle of the Adirondack's 46 high peaks! Conveniently located off of 9N in Keene, NY, yet off of the beaten path. Hike nearby Owl's Head Trail or Indian Head and Rainbow Falls. This area is well-known for not only hiking, but biking, boating, fishing, and simply enjoying the outdoors. A few restaurants and an excellent Stewart's convenient store are just a half mile up the road towards the town of Keene. Come enjoy nature at its finest!
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Beaver Valley

1 site · Tent2 acres · Elizabethtown, Essex
Tons of hiking nearby in the middle of the Adirondack's 46 high peaks! Conveniently located off of 9N in Keene, NY, yet off the beaten path. Hike nearby Owl's Head Trail or Indian Head and Rainbow Falls. This area is well-known for not only hiking, but biking, boating, fishing, and simply enjoying the outdoors. A few restaurants and an excellent Stewart's convenient store are just a half mile up the road towards the town of Keene. Come enjoy nature at its finest!
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Robin's Nest

1 site · Tent2 acres · Elizabethtown, Essex
Tons of hiking nearby in the middle of the Adirondack's 46 high peaks! Conveniently located off of 9N in Keene, NY, yet off the beaten path. Hike nearby Owl's Head Trail or Indian Head and Rainbow Falls. This area is well-known for not only hiking, but biking, boating, fishing, and simply enjoying the outdoors. A few restaurants and an excellent Stewart's convenient store are just a half mile up the road towards the town of Keene. Come enjoy nature at its finest!
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Willow Hill Farm and Mountains

23 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents400 acres · Keeseville, Essex
Willow Hill Farm is a family-run working horse farm. We train , teach, board horses, and run a day camp. We had a resident camp for 40 years. We have mountains in our backyard and the Au Sable River bordering our meadow for a half mile. We are 45 minutes from Lake Placid and 30 minutes from Plattsburgh. Montreal and Burlington, VT are a 1&1/2 hour drive. Hiking, boating, and swimming are all close, and riding lessons are available on the farm.
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Happy Hollow

1 site · Tent2 acres · Elizabethtown, Essex
Tons of hiking nearby in the middle of the Adirondack's 46 high peaks! Conveniently located off of 9N in Keene, NY, yet off the beaten path. Hike nearby Owl's Head Trail or Indian Head and Rainbow Falls. This area is well-known for not only hiking, but biking, boating, fishing, and simply enjoying the outdoors. A few restaurants and an excellent Stewart's convenient store are just a half mile up the road towards the town of Keene. Come enjoy nature at its finest!
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Adirondack Rustic Retreat

2 sites · Lodging240 acres · North Creek, Warren
As far as we know, this land has been occupied since shortly after the civil war.  It is actually two farms, combined into one around 1900. The main farmhouse was built out of the logs they cleared in 1879, and there are old foundations of the other original farm houses/barns as well.  All over the property (now woods) there are piles of stones that the original inhabitants pulled from the fields. The second farm house was built in 1901. Most of the total 240 acres were cleared pasture land at that time.  During the twenties and thirties the property was owned by an industrious couple from the City that lovingly turned it into more of a "rustic retreat"; damming a pond, planting ornamentals and upgrading the buildings.  There have been many owners over the years, but we are proud to say it has been with us the longest.  Our family bought it in 1961 and we have been trying to be good stewards ever since.  Come and visit our little patch of wilderness!
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Mt Baker Tiny Cabin

1 site · Lodging3 acres · Saranac Lake, Essex
This off-the-grid tiny house is nestled on a 23 acre parcel at the end of a quarter-mile dirt road. The property itself is secluded but is less than 2 miles from the heart of Saranac Lake's downtown. This property is bordered by the Saranac River, the backside of Baker Mountain and State Forest. The only other building on the property is our timberframe which we may or may not be at during the time of your visit. The property does have private trails up to the cliffs on the backside of Baker mtn however, the Saranac River is down a steep embankment so it does not make for a good place to launch a boat (several public boat launches nearby). The Mt Baker tiny house is a great basecamp for hiking the Saranac Lake 6-ers, paddling/boating along the Saranac Chain of lakes or Saranac River, Mountain Biking at Dewey, Pisgah or other nearby BETA trails. IMPORTANT DETAILS: This tiny cabin is completely off the grid: no electricity, heat or cooling. Queen sized bed - we provide the linens. The driveway is narrow - so nothing in tow. Drinking water is provided via jug and dispenser. There is a brand new outhouse (no flushable toilet) We have a designated spot for campfires (smores are a must) There is an older propane grill outside for guest use
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Camp in the Pines

1 site · Lodging2 acres · Schroon Lake, Essex
"Lindsey W. writes, "This is my new favorite spot. I had the BEST stay at Cory's tent amongst the pines. I couldn't have picked a better place to do some solo winter camping. The tent is easily accessible and is fully stocked with kitchen supplies, lanterns, and necessities. Between what I brought and what was already there, I was living quite luxuriously in the woods. The wood stove works beautifully. I stayed very warm in the tent (it was 80 degrees in there!) while the outside temps reached a low of -15 degrees. Beautiful location and excellent host. Cory made sure I had everything I needed. I already look forward to another stay here." William K writes, "The place is great. The wood stove kept the tent warm overnight. Also had plenty of firewood for 2 night weekend. Location is excellent all & the propane grill outside is a plus. Would stay again." Eric F. writes, "Cory's Camp in the Pines is awesome! My daughter and I stayed here for a few nights and loved it. The tent is great- clean, dry and large enough to walk around in freely. It's got distinct 'areas' which made it cozy- a wood stove area to sit by, a table with chairs to eat or play games at, a fully equipped kitchen area to cook at, and a sleeping area with two beds (full and twin) and some cots. Everything we needed was there, from cooking gear to utensils to cut and stacked firewood. The stove kept the interior really warm even when the tempts hit the low 30's outside. Outdoors had a nice fire pit, some chairs, a hammock, and total privacy. The outhouse was crazy clean, and even had a little LED light for those night visits. As others mentioned, you could faintly hear the highway but it quickly fades into the background and you don't think about it. Cory was an awesome, attentive, and responsive host. Finally, we were at trailheads in the High Peaks in 35 minutes. All in all, we couldn't have asked for anything more- we loved it and we'll be back! This property is the fulfillment of a life-long dream. I first was introduced to this area thirty plus years ago when I visited a nearby hunting camp. This is a place where you step into the pages of a calendar and are surrounded by peace and tranquility, yet the beautiful village of Schroon Lake is only a handful of miles away if you want to visit the public beach or local businesses. It's also surrounded by thousands of acres of state land- in fact, you can walk out of this site right onto endless chunks of public land. While this camp is off-grid and a bit rustic, it offers you an opportunity to live the dream life and experience the Adirondacks to the fullest. Learn more about this land: This camp is conveniently located right off exit 28 on I-87.  Your home away from home is a 14x17' Cabela's canvas wall tent camp on a wood platform.  You will be  situated on two acres of forest abutting thousands of acres of state land. The beautiful village of Schroon Lake and its public beach are just a few minutes drive away as well. This camp is equipped to be used all year.  You and your family will be high and dry regardless of the weather. Enjoy the ambiance of a large Vermont Castings wood stove and stay warm on the crispiest days and nights the Adirondacks has to offer. Sit out under the stars on a cool night on the front porch or next to your private campfire. Nearly everything you need is provided. The camp is even equipped with propane for cooking and lighting and we’ll provide some dry firewood. Cooking utensils are also available as well as a bunk bed/futon that doubles as a couch, and two cots.  There is also a kitchen table with 4 chairs. If you’re looking for 100% satisfaction in the Adirondacks, look no further. The only thing you’ll need is your sleeping bag, pillows., and some food. We look forward to serving you. And if you want to use the internet or call a friend, the cellphone service is PERFECT!
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Camping in the Adirondacks guide

The Adirondack Mountains in New York State cover roughly 6 million acres, about half of which is forest preserve. That's larger than the Everglades, Yellowstone, Glacier and Grand Canyon National Park combined.

Forever Wild is the motto here--and it makes camping all the more magical. Pristine forests cover the gentle mountains, with rivers and lakes to explore. Over a dozen state campgrounds dot the region, from family-friendly sites to primitive lean-tos. You can also find private campgrounds and camping resorts with Adirondack cottages and log cabins.

Cranberry Lake offers classic Adirondack camping with a sandy beach and fishing pier to cast off. Rollins Pond near Saranac Lake has boat rentals for a variety of small crafts, making it great for boaters. Or bring your own boat to Forked Lake campground for plenty of privacy. Many of the tent sites have private docks and are accessible only on by boat or on foot. Most of the state grounds have trailer sites for RVs. But if you want electrical and sewage hook-ups, you'll need to stay at one of the nearby private RV parks.

Camping is bare-bones but beautiful in the Moose River Plains Preserve. This wilderness area offers private sites and quiet nights, with both rustic campgrounds and primitive sites. Hiking trails crisscross the small lakes in this forest, making it ideal for backpackers.

To really leave civilization, pitch camp at the many lean-tos scattered across the forests. These shelters provide true wilderness immersion. But you'll need to trade basics like bathrooms and water. The Uphill and Beaver Point lean-tos are well-situated if you're climbing high peaks like Mount Colden.

Anglers can find campgrounds close to some of the region's best fishing. The Meadowbrook campground is about 5 miles from Lake Placid for trout fishing. The Wilmington Notch campground on the Ausable River has some of the best fly-fishing in the country.

Frequently Asked Questions

No, you cannot camp anywhere in the Adirondacks. The Adirondack Park is a mix of public and private land, and there are specific rules and regulations for camping in each area. Dozens of backcountry campgrounds mean backcountry camping is allowed in the park, but there are rules about where you can camp and for how long, including the rule that camping is prohibited above an elevation of 4,000 feet in the Adirondacks. Additionally, some areas may require a permit or reservation in advance. For more Adirondack camping options, try booking a private land campsite.

Yes, you can tent camp in the Adirondacks. The Adirondack Park in New York State offers a wide variety of camping options, including tent camping. There are numerous designated campgrounds with tent sites, as well as opportunities for backcountry and primitive camping. When camping in the Adirondack Forest Preserve, make sure to follow the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation camping regulations to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. You can find more information about Adirondacks camping options at Hipcamp.

Yes, you can car camp in the Adirondacks. There are numerous campgrounds and sites throughout the Adirondack Park that accommodate car camping. Some of these campgrounds are managed by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), while others are privately owned. To find car camping options in the Adirondacks, you can visit Hipcamp for a list of available sites. Always make sure to follow the rules and regulations of the specific campground and respect the surrounding environment.

Yes, you can camp for free in the Adirondack Park, which spans over six million acres in Upstate New York. There are numerous primitive and dispersed campsites available throughout the park, especially in the Adirondack Forest Preserve. These campsites have minimal or no facilities, so you'll need to be prepared for a more rustic experience. Keep in mind that there are rules and regulations for camping in these areas, such as camping at least 150 feet away from any roads, trails, or bodies of water. Make sure to follow the Leave No Trace principles to protect the environment and ensure a great experience for others.

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