5 Beautiful Backpack Camping Spots in New York

By Lauren I.

5 Beautiful Backpack Camping Spots in New York

There’s no better way to experience the wonders of nature than by backpacking by day and camping under the stars at night. New York State is home to some incredible parks, and many of them allow tent camping. Here are five great places to set up camp in New York State.

1. Cranberry Lake Campground in the Adirondacks

Tucked away in the deep wilderness of the Adirondacks, Cranberry Lake Campground is a true getaway. The grounds have 173 campsites, plus hot showers and toilets, and the park has endless natural scenery to explore.

2. North-South Lake Campground at Catskill Forest Preserve

Two-hundred and nineteen woodsy, tent-friendly campsites are to be found in the Catskills at North-South Lake Campground, which is located near popular landmarks like Kaaterskill Falls and Alligator Rock.

3. Huckleberry Ridge State Forest

This state forest is 1,450 acres of scenic hiking trails and at-large primitive camping space. There are no designated campsites in the forest, but primitive camping (at least 150 feet away from the nearest road, trail, or body of water) is allowed.  

4. Nimham Mountain State Forest

Named after Chief Daniel Nimham of the Wappingers tribe, Ninham Mountain makes for an incredible backpack camping experience. There are roughly 10 miles of hiking trails, opportunity for paddle sports, biking and horseback riding trails, as well as fishing opportunity. 

5. Brown Tract Pond Campground

The picturesque sights and sounds of this Adirondack campground will take your breath away. Described as a “jewel” of a campground, the Adirondacks make for an excellent backpack camping location. Enjoy canoeing, fishing, and hiking at Brown Tract Pond Campground. 

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