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