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Primitive Camping Spots

While the comforts of State campgrounds can be nice, there's something special about pitching your tent off the beaten path. We've put together this list of 6 areas you should explore on your quest for the perfect camping spot!

1. Sacandaga River - West Branch

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The West Branch of the Sacandaga is a good trout fishing destination, and also has some great primitive camping spots along it near Wells, NY.

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2. Marcy Dam - Keene Valley, NY

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If you're hiking in the High Peaks, Marcy Dam is a great basecamp with a prime location at the foot of Mt. Marcy and less than a five mile hike to Algonquin.

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3. Lake Colden - Newcomb, NY

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Lake Colden is also in the High Peaks region and can serve as a basecamp for mulitple peaks.

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4. Wolfjaw Mountains - Keene, NY


Rounding out our trio of High Peaks, there are great places to camp behind the Wolfjaw Mountains.

5. Fishbrook Pond - Dresden, NY

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Located to the east of Lake George, Fishbrook Pond has a pair of lean-tos campers can use, in addition to other campsites.

6. Santanoni Preserve

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The Santanoni Preserve in Newcomb, NY is a State Historic Site, on the National Register of Historic Places, and is a National Historic Landmark. It's closed to motorized vehicles and is a five-mile hike (or bike) in and out with eight designated camping areas near the Main Lodge.

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