About Camping Adirondacks
The Adirondack Region is one of the most diversified locations on the East Coast, providing unrivaled outdoor activities across its brilliant lakes, rugged mountains, and quaint towns and villages. Established in 1892 by the State of New York out of concern for the region’s water and wood supplies, the Adirondack Park is the biggest park in the lower 48 states, covering an area greater than Yosemite, Yellowstone, Glacier, Grand Canyon, and the Great Smoky Mountains National Parks combined.
The Adirondack Park, which encompasses millions of acres of public, constitutionally protected forest preserve and privately owned property, is New York’s greatest playground. Adirondack Park is a unique destination because it strikes a mix between public and private ownership. Hotel facilities, rental shops, and local tour services provide visitors with sufficient access to leisure equipment. Residents of the park frequently enjoy the tranquility of the Adirondacks with visitors and share their knowledge of the region.
Campers in the Adirondacks Views From Above
Wandering explorers traversing the Adirondacks’ forested pathways may ponder, “Is there an easier way to experience the mountainous vistas without climbing these huge peaks?” Indeed, there are.
The Wild Center’s Wild Walk was inspired by New York City’s High Line, a 30-foot-high elevated park for pedestrians. The Wild Walk in the community of Tupper Lake is 30 feet above the Adirondack forest floor. Accessible and child-friendly paths allow everyone to enjoy the views while learning about the spectacular treetop scenery.
However, you need not drive to Tupper Lake to see through the foliage. Over a dozen abandoned Adirondack fire towers dot the hilly terrain and provide spectacular rewards for generally short excursions.
Exploring the hiking routes that go to steep mountain peaks with panoramic vistas is another chance to glimpse beyond the treetops. The fittingly called Bald Mountain is located just west of the hamlet of Blue Mountain Lake and offers breathtaking views from above its treeline. The McIntyre Range in the High Peaks, Black Bear Mountain in Old Forge, and Noonmark Mountain in Keene Valley are more exposed peaks.
Not enough mountains for you? With Payne’s Air Service, you may take off from Lake Placid Airport for a picturesque flight over the High Peaks or leave Inlet’s Seventh Lake. The perspective from above is a totally unique experience.
The Beautify of Water in the Adirondacks
In the Adirondacks, there are nearly 150,000 acres of lakes, ponds, rivers, streams, and brooks, as well as a variety of other sorts of water.
Occasionally, when water cascades down the slopes of mountains, it experiences a sudden decrease in altitude and free-falls into the air before rejoining the soil. This kind of waterfall is popular with adventurers of all ages. Before beginning your hike, you should review our list of the top Adirondack waterfalls and trip preparation tips.
Those Adirondack rivers that were not shaped by glacial action but were excavated by man are unique and lasting. Every summer, paddlers navigate the water that fills the network of hand-dug canals linking Osgood Pond to Little Church Pond and Church Pond. These canals were initially designed to facilitate Sunday morning travel to and from the old Saint John’s Episcopal Church in Paul Smiths. These waterways are now accessible seven days a week from the Osgood Pond Boat Launch.
Other water routes, some spanning dozens of miles, have been established on naturally existing bodies of water. During the Adirondack Canoe Classic, paddlers traverse 90 miles over the course of three days in September. The 9-mile journey from Little Clear Pond to Paul Smiths is known as the Seven Carries Route, while the 16-mile Fulton Chain of Lakes contains two carries, or portages, as they are referred as in the Adirondacks.
Adventures for the Family While Camping in the Adirondacks
We’ve compiled a selection of easy, moderate, and challenging Adirondack family walks for you to explore so you can easily choose a path that the entire family will love.
For an intimate understanding of Adirondack history, museums are the best option. A trip to The Wild Center in Tupper Lake or Adirondack Experience – The Museum at Blue Mountain Lake will educate children about nature and history via outdoor and indoor displays – ideal for wet or chilly days!
Find watersports companies like Adirondack Coast Paddle Board Co. in Plattsburgh, St. Regis Canoe Outfitters in Saranac Lake, Kayak Lake George in Lake George, and Placid Boat Rental in Lake Placid to take the entire family canoeing in the Adirondacks. Rent boats, paddles, and PFDs near your paddling location so you can concentrate on enjoying the outdoors with your family.