New York

Looking for the best camping in New York? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around New York. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top Camping Spots in and near New York

  • Beacon, New York

    Malouf's Mountain Camp on Mt. Beacon

    7.02 mi / 2087 ft gain
    Starting in the quaint town of Beacon there are a couple of options for hikes of varying difficulty. From the station the walk is about 1.5 miles to the trail heads, alternatively if you choose to stay the night at Malouf's Mountain Sunset Campground you can arrange for the host to meet you, take...
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  • Keene Valley, New York

    Backpack the Dix Range

    4.5
    17 mi
    Day 1The trail begins about a mile past the intersection of Rt. 73 and Rt. 9 just east of a bridge over the North Fork Boquet River. Note: this trail is unmarked, so be sure to have an accurate map of the area. I recommend going to The Mountaineer store in Keene Valley and asking one of the cler...
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  • Brooklyn, New York

    Camp at Floyd Bennett Field

    Brooklyn isn't just for the urban and trendy, its also for the people who love getting outside! Located just past the hustle and bustle of Brooklyn, Floyd Bennett Field is a National Recreation Area that features an Aviator Sports & Event Center (this was formerly an important NYC airport), t...
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  • Barryville, New York

    Camp at Kittatinny Campground

    This campground is perfect for a group of friends that want to spend a couple days outdoors camping!With 350 campsites, there are many different types of sites available: from sites with electricity to sites 3 miles from the main camp. Decide how intense (or not intense) you and your group want ...
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  • Keene Valley, New York

    Nippletop, Indian Head, Gothics

    5.0
    21.55 mi / 7631 ft gain
    We completed this loop over the course of 3 days in late June, however for those who pack extraordinarily light and/or travel extraordinarily fast, this loop could be completed in 2 days. There are also a plethora of trail intersections to either extend or shorten your loop to different preferenc...
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  • Phoenicia, New York

    Camp at Woodland Valley

    3.0
    If you are looking for a great campground up in the Catskill Mountains of New York then you definitely have to check out Woodland Valley Campgrounds. Located about 2 hours north of New York City, it is the perfect place to go to get off the grid. No service for about 30 minutes in any direction.T...
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  • Saranac Lake, New York

    Camp at Fish Creek Pond

    4.7
    Located in the Saranac Lake region there is a natural sand shoreline and water access for most campsites. There are countless rivers and ponds which allow use of motorized and non-motorized boats. The campsites are ideally located on Fish Creek Pond and Square Pond. The campsite offers a beac...
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  • Elka Park, New York

    Camp at Sugarloaf Mountain in the Catskills

    4.0
    6 mi / 1500 ft gain
    Begin by parking at the end of Mink Road in Elka Park (GPS:N42 08.593, W74 09.479). It will be a .7 mile hike to camp. Follow the rocky woods road to the junction where there is a SPRING sign. Continuing straight will take you to the water source. If you do not need water, turn left when you see ...
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  • Old Forge, New York

    Kayak Camp Section 1 of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail

    The Northern Forest Canoe Trail is a 740-mile paddling trail with the western terminus located in Old Forge, New York and the eastern terminus in Fort Kent, Maine. Section One is 43 miles from Old Forge to Long Lake. Camp at primitive sites or one of the several campgrounds along the way. This s...
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  • Long Lake, New York

    Camp along Section 2 of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail

    The Northern Forest Canoe Trail is a 740-mile paddling trail with the western terminus located in Old Forge, New York and the eastern terminus in Fort Kent, Main.  Section Two is a 42.4 mile journey in the Adirondacks of New York from Long Lake to Saranac Lake.  There are primitive campsites and ...
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  • Big Indian, New York

    Hike to Balsam Mountain in the Catskills

    5.4 mi / 2910 ft gain
    Timeline: Weekend, though can easily be done as an overnight trip or just a day hike Summary: Day 1: Hike to camp (0.7 miles, 340' elevation gain) Day 2: Hike to Balsam Mountain and back to camp (4 miles round-trip) Day 3: Relax & hike back to car (0.7 miles) Details: Park the car at McKinle...
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  • Newcomb, New York

    Paddle the Essex Chain of Lakes

    Beginning in the Town of Newcomb, there is a sign for the Essex Chain of Lakes at the intersection of Route 28N and Pine Tree Road. Follow Pine Tree Road until you see a right for Goodnow Flow Road. Follow this road for 4.3 miles then take a right on Woody's Road. Take this road for 1.5 miles u...
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  • Lake Pleasant, New York

    Backpack to Cedar Lakes Lean-to #2 in the West Canada Lakes Wilderness

    5.3 mi / 705 ft gain
    Know before you go! It’s a bumpy road in and a bumpy road out so be sure your vehicle is ready to handle a long, winding dirt and rocky road back to the trail head. The road is approximately 7 miles to the trailhead starting on Jessup River Road off of State Route 30 in Speculator, NY. Follow Jes...
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  • Long Lake, New York

    Canoe from Long Lake to Tupper Lake in the Adirondacks

    This is a 3-4 day adventure that begins with part of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail.   Rent a canoe at a local outfitter and make arrangements for your vehicle shuttle. They will drive your car to the end point of the adventure. A couple of options include St. Regis Canoe Outfitters and Raquette...
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  • Lake Clear, New York

    Relax at Ampersand Beach

    1.1 mi / 20 ft gain
    Located across from the Ampersand Mountain trailhead on NY Route 3, a trail will take you a short walk (about a half mile) to this beautiful, quiet beach on the shores of Middle Saranac Lake. Starting at the trailhead, you will continue along an unmarked but clear footpath that trails through the...
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  • Speculator, New York

    Paddle the Sacandaga and Kunjamuk Rivers to Elm Lake

    The Sacandaga River is accessed via a hand launch at the Speculator Ball Field Parking Area in the town of Speculator, NY. Follow the Sacandaga River 1.5 miles until you reach Kunjamuk Bay. The Kunjamuk River begins further up the bay to the left.  Approximately 4 miles up river is Elm Lake. Padd...
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