We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Suggestions for places to camp with lots to do

USA
Level Contributor
51 posts
32 reviews
Save Topic
Suggestions for places to camp with lots to do

I'm looking to do a week long summer camping trip in the adirondacks. This will be my first time in the area. I've been a bit frustrated at how hard it is to find good information about the park. Usually I either end up on the park agency website (no visitor info), or I get the NY tourism site, which has great glossy pictures but little concrete info that I can find.

But enough of that. Basically, I want to tent camp for about a week, preferably in one spot. But I want a spot with plenty of stuff to do within, say, a half hour drive. I'd like to be able to day hike lots of trails, have plenty of water around (lakes or rivers), and lots of good scenery. Mountains are a huge plus, though it would be nice to have some flatter trails for the older folks. Basic services will be fine. Hot showers. Water and electric nice but not essential.

I'm also looking for great weather - Sunny, highs in the 70s, lows in the 40s-50s kind of weather. Best I can tell, that means late May to early September in the Adirondacks?

Finally, how hard is it to get camping reservations at the popular locations? Is it like Yosemite where the sites open six months in advance and there's a mad rush to reserve?

Suggestions are GREATLY appreciated.

Edited: 03 January 2014, 20:04
Saratoga Springs...
Level Contributor
95 posts
31 reviews
Save Reply
1. Re: Suggestions for places to camp with lots to do

Although it isn't quite in the Adirondacks, Moreau Lake State Park http://nysparks.com/parks/150/maps.aspx might suit you. It is just off the Northway (87) between Saratoga Springs and Lake George. It has a lake with a beach and a variety of hiking trails. You could easily spend a day hiking on the trails in the park that take you up to and all over the Palmertown plateau. The hike up will get your heart pumping, but once on top, the terrain is flat and there are several overlooks of the Hudson River. They have recently built very nice restrooms and shower facilities. There are no electric sites available- unless you have a medical condition that requires such a site (new amenity). It would be convenient for visits to Saratoga Springs and Lake George if you wish to spend a little time in civilization. Also, being close to the Northway, you could easily take day trips for hiking and sightseeing in the Adirondacks.

I have heard that Moreau Lake is one of the most popular state parks. Living nearby, we spend a lot of time in this park and feel very fortunate to have it in our "backyard". We walk there almost every day with our dog. We, however, have not camped there. It seems that there are generally sites available. If you are coming in August (racing season in Saratoga) or a summer weekend, I would recommend making reservations at least a couple of months in advance.

You are right about the late May to September temperatures, though you could probably extend your stay time into mid-September. Moreau Lake has campers until Labor Day, I believe. Late May and June are blackfly season. The little biters can be quite annoying, so I would suggest avoiding that time of year.

Here are a couple of sites that suggest hikes in the Adirondacks:

http://www.adirondack.net/hiking/

www.everytrail.com/best/hiking-new-york

Lake George has a number of nice day hikes. My favorites are in the Shelving Rocks area and include Sleeping Beauty Mountain everytrail.com/guide/… Buck Mountain everytrail.com/guide/buck-mountain-lake-geor… and the trail along the shore at Shelving Rock everytrail.com/guide/shelving-rock-mountain-…

Saratoga Springs...
Level Contributor
95 posts
31 reviews
Save Reply
2. Re: Suggestions for places to camp with lots to do

Oops. Should have said Columbus Day instead of Labor Day above.

Saratoga Springs...
Level Contributor
95 posts
31 reviews
Save Reply
3. Re: Suggestions for places to camp with lots to do

You can find DEC campgrounds within the Adirondacks here http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7825.html

NDG
Level Contributor
310 posts
1 review
Save Reply
4. Re: Suggestions for places to camp with lots to do

Some hiking info on the Adirondacks:

Here is a web site I have found useful:

lakeplacid.com/do/outdoors/summerfall/hiking

Of course, the Lake Placid is probably the most crowded area of the Adirondacks, but also the highest mountains (the "46ers").

I found this brochure ("Adirondack Great Walks and Day Hikes") at a rest area a couple years back and really found it useful. It is a nice little booklet and give lots of ideas a bit further outside the Lake Placid (High Peaks) area. The Adirondacks are as big as the whole state of Vermont, so there are many places to go. You can order the brochure online.

http://visitadirondacks.com/brochures

Saranac Lake has the 6er's program too, since last year - hike the 6 mountains and get a patch. I have hiked them all and at especially liked Ampersand and Saint Regis Mountains. Good info on their site.

http://saranaclake6er.com/the-6-peaks/

Saratoga Springs...
Level Contributor
95 posts
31 reviews
Save Reply
5. Re: Suggestions for places to camp with lots to do

A campground around Blue Mountain Lake would put you in the heart of the Adirondacks and near the Adirondack Museum, which is worth a day's visit- especially for first-timers to the area. You'll want to stock up on all of your groceries if you go there. There is not a nearby grocery store.

Saratoga Springs...
Destination Expert
for Saratoga Springs
Level Contributor
2,284 posts
21 reviews
Save Reply
6. Re: Suggestions for places to camp with lots to do

The NY State Parks are absolutely beautiful. My favorite tenting spots are at Roger's Rock and Fish Creek Pond. Both places offer waterfront tent sites, though the few waterfront spots are generally booked up 9 months in advance at Roger's Rock. You can search availability at public and private campgrounds here:

http://www.reserveamerica.com

Another great option (not tenting, more expensive) for families is Silver Bay:

http://www.silverbay.org

Have fun planning, and let us know how it goes.

Argyle, New York
Level Contributor
20 posts
101 reviews
Save Reply
7. Re: Suggestions for places to camp with lots to do

Oh by far Fish Creek is the BEST place to camp EVER. But hurry you need reservations. If you can't get in there Rowland Pond is located in the same area. Rowlands may be easier to get into. Wonderful fishing, swimming, kayaking and hiking everywhere. Meachum Pond is another nice camp ground. OHHH and Paul Smiths College has walking trails. They have a trail that has plants and trees labeled and a great butterfly exhibit! AND ITS FREE! W love the trails there. If your more experienced check out one of the many high peaks. White Face is a nice RIDE up the mountain! LOL

8. Re: Suggestions for places to camp with lots to do

-:- Message from TripAdvisor staff -:-

This topic has been closed to new posts due to inactivity. We hope you'll join the conversation by posting to an open topic or starting a new one.

To review the TripAdvisor Forums Posting Guidelines, please follow this link: http://www.tripadvisor.com/pages/forums_posting_guidelines.html

We remove posts that do not follow our posting guidelines, and we reserve the right to remove any post for any reason.

Removed on: 18 January 2015, 05:16