Friday, August 3, 2018

Try One Of These Adirondack State Campgrounds

Point Comfort Campground August has just begun, so there is plenty of time to get in a weekend of camping at one of New York State’s Adirondack campgrounds.

Attendance at State Park campgrounds and DEC campgrounds and day use areas is up almost eight percent so far this season according to DEC, and 2018 looks to be a record-breaking year – so where can you camp with all the facilities of a State campground, but with a little more peace and quiet?

The following campgrounds have plenty of vacancy throughout the remainder of the summer, and you’ll find, a little more peace and quiet:

  • Sharp Bridge is best suited for daily hiking excursions in the Adirondack High Peaks, since it is a short distance from some of the most renown or notable hiking areas in the state, and is only minutes from Exit 30 on the Route 87, Northway. Sharp Bridge Campground is located on the west shore of the Schroon River. Camping equipment from tents to 45′ RVs can be accommodated. Campground offers a variety of recreational opportunities including: Canoe and boating, fishing, hiking, and bicycling.
  • Taylor Pond can be found in the back woods, on a dirt road, and miles from the public mainstream. Fishermen and naturalists come from miles to spend vacations in a lean-to, a designated open site on the back part of the pond, or the mainland campground. Canoes and rowboats can be rented at the boat launch site at the caretaker’s residence. Taylor Pond Campground is located on the northeast corner of Taylor Pond.

A complete list of DEC campgrounds and day use areas can be found online at: Take a 360° panoramic virtual tour of DEC and State Park campgrounds from the comfort of your home. Learn more about State Park camping opportunities here.

Make your reservations online at or by calling: 1-800-456-CAMP (1-800-456-2267).

In addition, for visitors unprepared to spend the night, State Parks and DEC campgrounds have day use areas that offer picnicking, playgrounds, swimming facilities, paddling and boating, fishing, and hiking. Be advised that pets are prohibited at all DEC day use areas.

Entry to day-use areas is free for all 4th graders. State Parks and DEC will accept the National Park Service’s ‘Every Kid in a Park Pass’ upon presentation for free entry for 4th grade students into all facilities in 2018. The pass applies only to the vehicle entry fee, and the 4th grader must be present in the vehicle. Fourth-grade students can obtain and print their pass on the NPS website.

The Empire Pass also provides unlimited day use vehicle entry to most facilities operated by State Parks and DEC, including forests, beaches, trails, and more.

Photo of Point Comfort Campground courtesy DEC.

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6 Responses

  1. drdirt says:

    Just like at the busiest hiking spots, you now are sending people to our best kept camping secrets.

    • Justin says:

      Ha… Many of the Adirondack State Campgrounds could use a little more tourism, but heaven forbid someone mentions your “secret” public state campground.

  2. Jim S. says:

    Having recently stayed at a state campground in New Hampshire, I must say that New York has much better facilities at a much better price.

  3. Justin Farrell says:

    Some friends & I stayed at Tioga Point Campground on Raquette Lake earlier this summer. We had so much fun fishing, swimming, & camping for 3 days, and even had our own reserved lean-to!

  4. Walter F Koscinski says:

    Sharp Bridge is a well run diamond. It is spotless and the staff is top notch. Friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. We’ve been going there for decades. We are scheduled again starting Aug. 19. Looking forward to another adventure.

  5. Doug says:

    Spending off season time at Fish Creek or Rollins Pond when opened for the early season is delightful, even when nights are below freezing and snow is still on the ground. Come summer, both look like refugee camps, crowded with too many people, automobiles and travel trailers, the sight is sickening. This is not camping or reaching the outdoors, it is living on the cheap at tax payer supplemented expense. Even the DEC employees cannot stand the peak summer experience. Maybe for the less endowed, it is the only extended vacation they can afford. It is time for the DEC to limit groups of camping sites to tents only