Camping Done Right: 7 Best Outdoor Stores in New York

By Lauren I.

Camping Done Right: 7 Best Outdoor Stores in New York

Camping is among New Yorkers’ most cherished pastimes. And with the abundance of pristine forests, lakes, and mountains across the state, it’s no wonder why this outdoor activity is so popular. The key to any successful camping trip, however, is the right gear. Here are the seven best outdoor retailers with camping equipment in New York State! 

1. Blue Line Sports, Saranac Lake, NY

This top-rated outdoor store tucked away in a picturesque Adirondack community has everything you could ever need for a camping trip. Blue Line Sports carries tents, sleeping bags, lanterns, stoves, and more, from big brands like Coleman, Granite Gear, Sea to Summit, and more.   

2. Gear for Adventure, Hamburg, NY

The name says it all. Gear for Adventure is prepared to outfit you for any kind of outdoor experience. At this awesome Hamburg store, you’ll find trekking poles for those tough hikes, water treatment gear in case you find yourself without fresh water, binoculars for birdwatching opportunities, and much more! 

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3. Paragon Sports, New York, NY

Since 1908, this New York City sporting goods store has been the authority on sports gear of all kinds, and camping equipment is no exception. The store has a wide variety of equipment to offer, from the basics like tents and sleeping bags to commodities like cookware and furniture.

4. “Herb” Phillipson’s, Rome, NY

To deck yourself out in camping gear at a reasonable price, check out “Herb” Phillipson’s of Rome, New York. You’ll find Adventure Medical Kits in case of emergency, Backpacker’s Pantry snacks to fuel up fast, and a variety of tents to keep you all snuggled up at night. 

5. Tent & Trails, New York, NY

Although the financial district of Manhattan may seem like a unique choice for a camping store, Tent & Trails means business—they promise to “outfit you for the Catskills to Katmandu.” They sell everything you need for a serious camping trip, from hiking boots and tents, to cookware and navigation gear.

6. Kenco, Kingston, NY

Located in the heart of the Hudson Valley, this green barn houses an enormous variety of recreational gear. Their camping selection includes tents, sleeping bags, lighting, cookware, and just about any other category you might be searching for.

7. Mayhood’s Sporting Goods, Norwich, NY

Mayhood’s in Norwich, New York, is your go-to spot for all things camping. Here you’ll find shelters, portable heaters, emergency supplies, bug spray, and much more! Shop from brands like Zippo for lighters, Stansport for sleeping bags and pads, and Eureka! for tents. 

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