The Adirondack Park: Lots of Land and Lots to Do
Camping is one of America’s favorite pastimes. In 2014, the American Camper Report said that 14% of the national population over six years old had gone camping the year before. In 2013, American campground industries grossed $5 billion in revenue.
The Adirondack Park is larger than Yellowstone, Everglades, Glacier, and Grand Canyon National Park combined, and home to the Adirondack Mountains. The mountains take up most of New York’s north country, and are a frequent destination for campers. This space is made up of a combination of public and private lands, mapped out and moderated according to how much activity can occur there. New York State-owned land, measuring about 2.6 million acres, is preserved and therefore barred from any further development, deforestation, or other industry. Private lands include campgrounds and local attractions, as well as lands devoted to agriculture, forestry, and other recreational areas.
The park’s high peaks, including Mount Marcy, New York’s highest point at 5,344 feet, many lakes, and vast amount of space and privacy are attractive to destination campers, especially those looking for kid friendly vacations.
Plymouth University’s Institute of Education found that 98% of parents believe that camping makes their children appreciate nature; 95% said that their kids seemed happier when camping; and 93% think that camping provides their children with useful life skills.
While camping in the Adirondacks, families will find that there is plenty to do outside of the campsite. Towns within reach of the park, like Lake George, Lake Placid, and Old Forge, are homes to amusement parks, museums, historical sites, and natural attractions. There are also over 3,000 lakes and 30,000 miles of rivers and streams for fishing, canoeing, white water rafting, and more.
While some campers prefer to “rough it out” in the wild, camping in the Adirondacks doesn’t have to include tents or lanterns. Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in North Hudson, NY offers cabin rentals and deluxe campgrounds that keep you one with nature while providing maximum comfort. The campground also cabin rentals, and plenty of on-site activities, like arts and crafts, karaoke, ice cream socials, themed weekends in season and so much more!
For family-friendly vacation cabin rentals or RV campgrounds, plan a trip to Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resort in the Adirondacks.