16 Aug Discover the Joy of Tent Camping in Lake George, NY
Tips, Private VS Primitive Camping & More
Although today’s campers and those novice to this classic Adirondack activity may lean towards cabin camping or RV camping (and we offer those too!), many couples and families prefer old -fashioned tent camping.
Check out what we offer with our Lake George tent camping sites, along with a few tips on how you can have the best tent camping experience.
Enjoy the Best Camping Lake George Has to Offer With Us
Lake George Campsites has 250 camping sites. Some are full hookup sites for RVs, while many are tent camping sites, or no hookup sites. We also have one group camping site. (Check out the layout on the campground map.)
Campgrounds with tent camping near Queensbury, NY offer the best of both worlds: access to restaurants, activities, and attractions in the town and close by, while also offering that back-to-nature feel Adirondack visitors seek.
Lake George Campsites is located in the perfect spot in Queensbury, within walking distance of Northway Brewing Company, and just down the road from Great Escape, a top Lake George area attraction. When it comes to tent camping in Upstate NY, this is one of the best regions to pitch your tent.
It’s easy to go out and enjoy all the area has to offer during the day, to return to your private campsite paradise in the evening. When you’re at your campsite, surrounded by trees and with a campfire roaring and the starry sky above, you’ll be able to disconnect from the busyness of the day and reconnect with nature.
Lake George Private Campgrounds VS Primitive Campsites
If you’re looking for private campgrounds in Upstate NY or the Lake George area, then you’ve likely already ruled out primitive, or backwoods, camping. Especially if you’re camping with kids, staying at a private campground or resort may be preferable for several reasons.
When you stay here with us at Lake George Campsites, you can take advantage of conveniences like laundry facilities, restroom facilities (including showers!), and an on-site camp store, where you can purchase firewood, snacks, and more. In fact, we also have a playground and arcade!
Primitive camping, which is also popular in the Adirondacks, is when you are out in the backcountry, away from roads and developed areas, with no restrooms or other perks. You’ll need to “hike out” to your destination. If you’d rather drive up to your tent campsite, Lake George Campsites may be a great choice for you.
Although we can certainly appreciate the draw of camping in the middle of nowhere, we pride ourselves on that marriage between rustic camping and basic comforts.
Tips for Tent Campers in Lake George
Here are some quick tips for tent camping in New York, in general:
- Arrive before dark, and pack extra flashlights or lanterns*
- Practice setting up your tent beforehand
- Bring warm clothes, foldable chairs, and board games
- Consider extra padding/a sleeping pad for your sleeping bag
- Plan out your meals and pack accordingly
- Think about camping mid-week for even more seclusion
- Check the weather!
- Leave the campsite as you found it, and read up on Leave No Trace principles
* We ask all campers to check in before 8pm, and before sunset is highly recommended.
Check out some tips for camping in Lake George specifically:
If you love or are interested in trying tent camping, you’ll likely also want to find similar outdoor activities.
Plan an additional activity off-site, like parasailing over Lake George, whitewater rafting on the Hudson or Sacandaga Rivers, or exploring treetop/zipline parks in Bolton Landing and Lake Luzerne. Fishing, swimming, and many other outdoor recreation activities abound in this area of the southern Adirondacks.
Browse hiking and biking trails in the area – Lake George and Queensbury have some of the best! The 9.2-mile Warren County Bikeway runs from Lake George through Queensbury to Glens Falls, and is excellent for walking or biking. Mountain bikers should definitely check out the mountain biking park at Gurney Lane Recreation Area.
And when it comes to hiking, you’ll find a variety of mountains and trails with spectacular views. Sleeping Beauty, Prospect Mountain, Pilot Knob, and the Pinnacle are just a few hiking enthusiasts can look into.