From boat-access only to woodland retreats, find your next summer adventure in the Adirondacks at area campgrounds including:
For the Salty Sea Dogs (Sea Kayakers): Valcour Island on Lake Champlain offers free primitive camping at 26 first-come, first-serve sites which include a pit privy, fireplace and picnic table. Home to the largest heron rookery in New York State, a historic lighthouse, as well as fishing and hiking trails, Valcour is ideal for visitors who want to paddle or boat around the international waters of Lake Champlain.
For the island hoppers: The Saranac Lake Islands on Lower Saranac Lake are a breathtaking introduction to Adirondack island camping. More than 80 campsites are spread across several islands, each equipped with an outhouse, fireplace and picnic table. Enjoy fishing, swimming, bird-watching and paddling around the most iconic island campgrounds in the Adirondacks for the ultimate summer adventure.
In the southern Adirondacks, the Lake George Islands offer more than 370 shoreline campsites spread across 44 islands. Some are accessible by boat only, and all sites have a boat dock, fireplace, picnic table and toilet facility.
For the Adventurous Family: Golden Beach Campground in Raquette Lake offers 207 campsites situated on pristine Raquette Lake ideal for relaxing on the beach or exploring the central Adirondacks' hiking trails. Nearby, the Adirondack Museum, golf courses, and charming towns and villages provide perfect day-trip options. Each site is equipped with a fireplace, picnic table and easy access to a large sand beach, swimming and hot showers.
For the Family with Wee Ones: Head to Jellystone Park at Paradise Pines Camping Resort in North Hudson for a family vacation that promises endless fun. Enjoy an outdoor swimming pool and spa, sandy beach with boat rentals, mini-golf, daily activities including visits with Yogi Bear, ice cream socials, movies and theme weekends for incredible family-friendly entertainment. More than 80 sites and two cabins are available, as well as hot showers and full toilet facilities.
For the Equestrian or Cowboy: Otter Creek in the Adirondacks Tug Hill Region offers a unique camping experience for equestrians - the chance to enjoy riding trails that loop and wind through scenic wilderness for 65 miles in the Independence River Wild Forest, and spend the night under the stars while your noble steed rests comfortably nearby. Access to camping and trails is free of charge and campsites are available on a first-come, first serve basis. Otter Creek provides bathroom facilities, mounting platforms, 100 roofed stalls and potable water for horses.
For the Wild Child: Cranberry Lake, the northern gateway to the Five Ponds Wilderness Area, is one of the largest remote areas in New York State, offering 173 tent and trailer campsites for the wild-at-heart. Activities available include hiking, fishing, canoeing and boating. Sites include a fireplace, picnic table, water spigots and access to 150,000 acres of forest preserve.
About the Adirondacks:
The Adirondack Region is home to the six-million-acre park offering limitless recreation amid 2,000 miles of hiking trails and 3,000 lakes and ponds. Part of the largest temperate forest in the world, the Adirondacks are also home to 103 towns and villages. Connect with the Adirondacks online at Facebook.com/visitadirondacks or Twitter.com/visitadks, Instagram.com/VisitAdirondacks and search Adirondack events, attractions and Adirondack vacation packages at VisitAdirondacks.com.