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Offline big blue cat

Adirondack Park Loop
« on: August 11, 2016, 12:40:28 pm »
My buds & I are planning a week long trip along the Adirondack Loop. Leaving mid Sept. We like to keep our route between 45 & 50 miles/day. The Adventure Cycling map  has limited space to show all campgrounds; are there more campgrounds along the route that are not shown on AC map? Private, R.V. parks, e.t.c.
Thanks for any help


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Re: Adirondack Park Loop
« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2016, 08:22:54 am »
Go to Google Maps and search "campgrounds near [name of town]". Zoom out if you don't get any results.

Be prepared for cold, and possibly wet, weather in mid-September. When I did the Northern Tier we had some nights in the 40s and cold rain one day. Frost a little further west in Boonville. That was in mid-August.

Offline CMajernik

Re: Adirondack Park Loop
« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2016, 11:24:57 am »
We do our best to show campgrounds within 5 miles of the route, though occasionally some might be missed. And there are also the campgrounds, mainly RV Parks, that don't have tent camping. We don't list them.
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Offline sdotkling

Re: Adirondack Park Loop
« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2016, 09:29:58 pm »
Just did this trip last year around the same time. Nope, those are the campgrounds you'll find along the route. You should also note that, depending on how business is going, the private campgrounds might close early for the season anytime after Labor Day...or stay open until Columbus Day. Call ahead! But you can also wild camp anywhere in the State Park without getting into trouble. Lakes are everywhere, so nice wild campsites are abundant.

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Offline canalligators

Re: Adirondack Park Loop
« Reply #4 on: August 16, 2016, 12:45:33 pm »
If you are willing to camp somewhere that's not in a designated campground, be aware that camping is generally allowed most places inside the preserve itself:

You'll be on your own for sanitary facilities, water, critter protection, etc.  Bear canister recommended, and required in some places.  Not to start a bear flame, but taking precautions with a canister or properly hung bear bag is a good idea.

Offline walks.in2.trees

Re: Adirondack Park Loop
« Reply #5 on: August 22, 2016, 05:01:14 pm »
I'm hoping to do an Adirondack trip too, not necessarily on the official routes, although I know there's limited options up there. There are places where CAMPFIRES outside of the provided fireplaces is prohibited, but that prohibition is only for wood fires, not campstoves. In the High Peaks there no wood fires allowed at all, not even  with a Biolite stove... Primarily to prevent people from destroying the trees for campfires

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Offline canalligators

Re: Adirondack Park Loop
« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2016, 12:22:18 pm »
I'm hoping to do an Adirondack trip too, not necessarily on the official routes...

You can ride just about everywhere in the 'Daks, and you'll be on a good road with shoulders or low traffic, and have lovely scenery.  I'd especially recommend NY 3, NY 28N, NY 30, NY 73 through Keene Valley (five stars for this one), NY 86  and NY 8.  River Rd. along Franklin Falls Pond is beautiful.  Route 9 can be a bit trafficy but is still a nice ride.  NY 28 has narrowish shoulders in places and traffic around Old Forge, but it's all still a decent ride.

We rode a beautiful loop around all three Saranac Lakes using Forest Home Rd., NY 30 and NY 3.  I've toured the AC route and highly recommend it - many of my recommended roads above are on this route.   Some of those recommended roads are also on the Northern Tier.  I would like to check off riding all the state and county roads in the park.

We're going to Lake Placid in a couple of weeks, with the express objective of cycling up Whiteface Mountain.  (My wife likes climbing.)  You can ride from Wilmington (8 miles) or from the toll booth (5 miles), it averages 8% grade.  The lower half has some steeper sections so we're going to ride from the toll booth.  Talk about "earning the view", it's stunning.

You can also plan stops with short hikes off to see waterfalls, and some of the high peaks can be hiked as day hikes.