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New York may be known as the ultimate melting pot of America, offering it's residents and visitors a big city feel and lots of excitement, but don't count this state out as a hot spot for camping and enjoying the great outdoors. New York State's campgrounds take you into the wilderness and a world all its own.

ADIRONDACK CAMPING VILLAGE
Lake George, NY
(518)668-5226

This family operated spot is secluded in the majestic Adirondack Mountains. Open May-October. Features include a dump station, individual fireplaces and pits, hot showers, laundry facilities, playgrounds and a swimming pool. There are 150 sites on the grounds and dogs are always welcome. This is one location where you won't want to be without your camera!

ADIRONDACK LOJ & WILDERNESS CAMPGROUND
Lake Placid, NY
(518)523-3441

Tucked into the middle of the Adirondack High Peaks, this nature lovers camping area is for the serious outdoorsmen. Canvas cabins are available for rent or pitch a tent at any of the 34 spread out sites. Hundreds of miles of marked wilderness trails, handicap facilities, boat rentals and a recreation building make this a pleasant combination of nature-at-its-best and comfort. This spot is dog friendly.

ALGER ISLAND STATE CAMPGROUND
Old Forge, NY 13420
(800)456-CAMP

Here's a water lover's dream come true: 17 sites on an island, accessible only by boat. Each camp area is made up of lean-to sites, and offers fireplaces, fishing on the water, tables and toilets. This is not for the weak at heart. Fishing is prime and there's nothing that even comes close to island living!

DAGGETT LAKE CAMPSITES
660 Glen Athol Rd
Warrensburg, NY 12885
(518)623-2198

Nestled in 720 acres of mountains, fields, streams and a private lake, this site is remote, yet close enough to Lake George not to leave busy bodies banging their heads for things to do. Boat and cabin rentals are available, or pitch the tent on any one of 60 sites. Lake swimming, a children's playground and recreation building make this a fun, family campground. And you can also bring the dog!

FISH CREED POND STATE CAMPGROUND
Route 30
Tupperlake, NY 12986
(518)891-4560

This is a huge park with lots to see and do. 355 handicap accessible sites offer fire rings and pits, tables and electricity. Hot showers, flush toilets, boat rentals and lots of open ground keep this campground a popular return-to place for many nature buffs.

FLAT ROCK INN & CAMPGROUND
Flat Rock Rd.
Martinsburg, NY 13404
(315)376-2332

Here's a cozy spot for romantics or those looking to get out of the city for awhile. 25 sites hug the outskirts of the grounds and four rooms are rentable at the Inn. Open May-September. This is one for those who need some quiet time.

MACOMB RESERVATION
201 Campsite Road
Schuyler Falls, NY 12985
(518)643-9952

Macomb Reservation State Park is located in the Lake Champlain area. Also a part of the Thousand Islands State Park Region, you'll find an abundance of things to do here. Swimming in guarded areas is available and large, picnic spots make this an excellent location for group camping. Lake side spots are the favorite here, and hiking trails are popular!

FORKED LAKE STATE CAMPGROUND
Long Lake, NY 12847
(518)624-6646

This boat accessible only site borders the famous New York Long Lake. Boat rentals are available and 80 spread out campsites make diehard campers happy. Pets allowed. Fishing is prime here!

HALF MILE RANCH AND CAMPSITES
479 Lake Ave
Lake Luzerne, NY 12846
(518)696-3113

If you love to commune with nature, don't miss Nature Mile Ranch. Wooded tent sides and open fields give campers here a view like no other. All 80 spots have electricity and cater to kids and pets. Fireplaces, hot showers, laundry, a swimming pool and flush toilets give you all the amenities of home.

HIDEAWAY CAMPSITE
North Point Rd.
Long Lake, NY 12847
(518)624-3340

Five miles from civilization, this Long Lake camper's heaven is perfect for those who don't need much. 30 sites, 4 with electricity, provide only the basics: a fire pit and a table. Dogs are welcome.

HIGH FALLS PARK
US Route 11
Chateaugay, NY 12920
(518)497-3156

Bring a camera when camping the High Falls area! Over 200 campsites are tucked away in the gorgeous location. Nature trails and 120 foot waterfalls offer a spectacular view of what real New Yorkers call home. Pets are welcome and reservations are encouraged.

IROQUOIS CAMPGROUND
270 Bear Swamp Rd.
Peru, NY 12972
(518)643-9057

The only city noise you'll encounter here is from the whispering pines and acorns hitting the ground. This is a serene, highly wooded area with enough activities to entertain the whole family. An outdoor swimming pool, recreation building and playground are just a few of the family friendly amenities. 160 sites, all with electric hookups.

MONTY'S BAY CAMPSITE
715 Lake Shore Road
West Chazy, NY 12992
(518)846-7342
info@montysbay.com

Lake Champlain is known for it's sandy, swimmable waters and Monty's Bay is known for their hospitality. Ultra-modern heated bathhouses, boat launch facilities, a dump station, lake fishing and a laundromat help to keep trailer parkers and tenters content. 150 sites, all with electricity.

POINT COMFORT STATE CAMPGROUND
Old Piseco Road
Piseco, NY 12139
800-456-KAMP

Located on the picturesque Piseco Lake, those wanting to experience the great outdoors will want to pitch a tent on one of Point Comfort's 76 sites. Fireplaces, fishing, swimming and hiking trails make this a favorite spot for diehard nature lovers.