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: http://www.dec.ny.gov/
Make your reservations online at https://newyorkstateparks.
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.