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Old 01-27-2009, 05:51 PM   #1
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Campgrounds in Adirondack area?

My family is getting kind of tired of going to Ocean City Maryland every year, and since we like NY state, we were thinking of maybe heading to the Adirondacks for vacation this summer. Does anyone have a recommendation for a CG? It's just three of us, our daughter is 17, so activities in the CG are not a priority. We do like state parks and find NY to have some of the best.
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I know it's not a state park, but we went to Lake George in '99 and it was one of our more interesting stops. The area has lots to do, and I really can't even remember doing anything in the park except riding a bike around a couple times.

We stayed at Lake George RV Park:

www.lakegeorgervpark.com

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If you like a very nice, large sandy beach then Moffitt's beach campground is the place. Large sites and beautifuf beach. Located in Speculator on Rt 30. The Adirondack Museum is not far in Blue Mt lake and there are a few restaurants near by. For a quiet campground, on Rt 30 south of Speculator is Sacandaga Campground in Wells with a shallow rocky river. I don't recommend Northhamptom beach on the Sacandaga Lake only because sometimes the water is high and some sites are closed. If you reserved one, you're out of luck. Then there's Nick's Lake in Old Forge, beautiful too, see Meet and Greet for September. The State and Dept of Conservation campgrounds in NY are about $18- $20 per night with no utilities. Few parks have electricity. There are many, many beautiful campgrounds in the state. The ones I mentioned are our favorites and we've been going to them for all our lives. My wife and I met at Moffitt's Beach in 1968 when our families were tenting and we crossed paths. There are many quiet parks up and down Rt 30 and then there's Lake George up the Adirondack Northway (RT87). Lake George is certainly beautiful but it's a little busy and a little more expensive. A lot to do though. Lot's of traffic on the holidays. I could go on and on so If you have a park in mind, toss it out and I'm sure someone will comment.
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Thanks Jon, the last time we visited Lake George was when our first daughter was about 5 yrs. old (she's 27 now!)
pwbo1, thanks for all those suggestions. I will check out all of these.
BTW, the Feb. issue of Highways magazine has an article on Good Sam award winning CG's and Buttonwood (Eastern M&G) is the first one on the list!
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One of our favorite campgrounds is the KOA in Willmington. It's in the high peaks region near Lake Placid. You can sit on the deck of the lodge and look Whiteface Mountain. Whenever we've been there it's been a nice quiet campground.
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Lori & I also stayed at the Wilmington KOA. Nice place in a nice area. The AuSable river runs through the area. Lots of places to hike right in the CG to the river. Lots to see and do in Lake Placid, Whiteface, and Burlington, VT.
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Lots to see and do in Lake Placid, Whiteface, and Burlington, VT.
Oh yeah!

May I also recommend that if you go to Vermont from the Adirondacks, take the ferry across Lake Champlain. Either Plattsburg to Grand Island or Essex to Burlington. Both are a great ride plus they'll save you many hours of driving around the lake. Lake Placid = bring money, but it is some of the best high-end tourist shopping in the country. Adirondack Steak and Seafood is our favorite restaurant there. Try the lobster bisque!

Whiteface is a must. Drive up to the summit and spend some time there. If you can, ride the chairlift. They run it in the summer as a super way to see some of the scenery.

There is also what used to be a KOA on the eastern edge of Old Forge. It is now owned and operated by the Water Park. oldforgecamping.com and watersafari.com While in Old Forge, ride the Adirondack Scenic Railroad. If you prefer a State Park Campground, Nick's Lake is awesome - no hookups, but still a great park. The lake is paddle power only. There is also a white water rafting company there and plenty of other lakes and streams to explore by canoe or kayak.

If you're doing the southern or central 'Dacks, visit the museum at Blue Mountain Lake. Northeastern area, visit the Wild Center in Tupper Lake or the Vistors Interpretive Center (VIC) at Paul Smith's.
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Thanks for the suggestions everyone!
So far, the problem we're having is that although my wife and I would love to go to any of these places, our 17 year old daughter is not really into hiking, canoing etc, (heck, she's really not into camping with her 50+ yr. old parents either!) but that's not on the table).
Today, the talk is turning to Myrtle Beach (I say, go to Ocean city and save the gas, but that's just me).
I'll let you know how it turns out.
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(heck, she's really not into camping with her 50+ yr. old parents either!)
What she doesn't realize is that's the one factor that makes it an adventure!...

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Jon, once she's there, she has a good time, but I think she just balks at going to places she hasn't been to yet. Mom and Dad will make the plans and everyone will have a good time!
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I think she just balks at going to places she hasn't been to yet.
Gee, that sounds familiar...
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OK, we've decided to stay 2 nights of our week in PA near Knoebel's amusement park (Elysburg PA), then maybe drive up to the Adirondacks. We're investigating that area now.
Jon, Lake George RV park looks very nice, but we probably wouldn't use the amenities enough to justify $62.00/night. The other parks mentioned (Moffitt beach and Nick's lake) look like they'd be great lakeside camping experiences, but it seems like there are no hookups. We'd at least like to have electricity for a 4 or 5 day stay, any come to mind?
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Lake George RV park looks very nice, but we probably wouldn't use the amenities enough to justify $62.00/night.
OMG! I didn't look around the site at all, I just took a guess on the address and typed it in to see if it worked. I don't blame you, I don't think there's a single park here in MI that costs that much!

Now I'm really curious, I'll have to go home and see what it was when we were there in '99.

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Only a few State Parks and Conservation Dept Parks in New York State have electricity in some sites but that's all you'll find. You need a private park for full hookups. Lake George is a tourist area and as beautiful as it is it's probably the most expensive area for RV parks. Generally you'll find full hookups for around $40/night including some around 10 miles from Lake George and in other areas around the state. You'll need a camping guide to find them or do some fancy googling for the area you want to visit but they're there.
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