The Best in Tent Camping: New York State (1st Edition)
Aaron Starmer, Catharine Wells, Timothy Starmer
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From the Adirondack Mountains to the Catskills, from the St. Lawrence River to the Hudson, wilderness in New York State abounds for tent campers.
Here are the 50 most peaceful and scenic campgrounds by lakes, on islands, near beaches, along rivers, and deep in the woods. Most are accessible by car, with a handful of boat-only and hike-in sites for the more adventurous. Each site description includes hiking trails, local attractions, tidbits, and wildlife information, as well as star ratings and maps for easy planning..
However, the landscape is spectacular at Watch Hill. With 26 walk-in sites situated among the dunes no more than 50 yards from the ocean, Watch Hill distinguishes itself as a campground that promises beach camping and actually delivers. There are no roads running the length of Fire Island. Raised boardwalks above the dunes and marshes are the thoroughfares. Golf carts provide speedy travel for maintenance workers. Children’s wagons serve as pack mules for groceries and supplies. No roads mean no
and nearby rolling hills, are remnants from the Ice Ages. Dramatic gorges and waterfalls attract hikers throughout the year, but especially in the spring as floodwaters surge through carved rock walls, and in the fall, when it’s a leaf-peeping paradise. Award-winning wineries are more-recent additions that attract plenty of tourists, including the occasional tent camper. Long Island is where you will find camping on and near the Atlantic Ocean, perfect for surf-fishermen and sun-worshipers
groups on trips in the woods, on the water, or both. Today, modern conveniences and technology make the wilderness more accessible to all, but that does not make it any less dangerous. Hiring an Adirondack guide is a great way to introduce yourself safely to a new area. When we visited Buck Pond, the caretaker informed us that he was licensed guide. It was pleasant to see a business card that summarizes one’s offerings as “Fishing, Paddling, Photography, and Snowshoeing.” GETTING THERE
town of Lake George, is the Long Island group, featuring 90 campsites. All sites are located on Long Island, which is large and shaped like a turkey leg. There are some small islands nearby for exploring and picnicking, including Diamond and Specker Heck, which have day-use areas—but your tent will have to stay put on Long Island. This does not mean you will feel cramped and overrun with neighbors. The campground staff has done a great job throughout the lake keeping all the islands well wooded
8 is via a rugged dirt road with blind corners that makes a steep descent toward the river and has no turnaround: you may want to walk this spur road to plan your entrance and exit. Site 8 sits above the river and closer to the main road, whereas sites 6 and 7 are right on the riverbank and basically blend together. A little farther is a grassy parking area for walk-in sites (14 through 19)—campers must climb over a steep wooded knoll to access their sites. Situated above the St. Lawrence River