The DEC encourages the use of bear-resistant canisters throughout the Adirondack and Catskill back-country. Bear-resistant canisters are required to be used by overnight users in the Eastern High Peaks Wilderness between April 1st and November 30th.

Backcountry Camping

Backcountry camping is allowed on Forest Preserve lands in the Adirondacks and Catskills as well as State Forest lands outside the Preserve. Camping is prohibited on Unique Areas, Wildlife Management Areas and a few other categories of state land. Hiking is generally permitted anywhere on State lands, however, special restrictions apply to both mountain biking and horseback riding.

For information on DEC’s 52 campgrounds in the Adirondack and Catskill Parks, visit DEC Campground Information.

Firewood Alert – “Don’t Move Firewood”

There is a Regulation that prohibits the import of firewood into New York (link leaves DEC’s website) unless it has been heat treated to kill pests. The regulation also limits the transportation of untreated firewood to less than 50 miles from its source.

By transporting firewood, you could be spreading diseases and invasive insects that can quickly kill large numbers of trees. Help stop the spread and obey the Firewood Regulation:

  • Do not bring firewood to campgrounds or parks.
  • Get your firewood at the campground or from a local vendor – ask for a receipt or label that has the firewood’s local source.
  • If you choose to transport firewood within New York State:
    • It must have a receipt or label that has the firewood’s source and it must remain within 50 miles of that source.
    • For firewood not purchased (i.e. cut from your own property) you must have a Self-Issued Certificate of Source (PDF, 100 KB), and it must be sourced within 50 miles of your destination.
    • Only firewood labeled as meeting New York’s heat treatment standards to kill pests (kiln-dried) may be transported into the state and further than 50 miles from the firewood’s source.

For more information, please see the Frequently Asked Questions for Firewood Regulation. For additional questions regarding this regulation, please call this toll-free number: 1-866-640-0652 or e-mail:

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1365 County Highway 110 Broadalbin, NY 12025

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791 NYS Hwy 30
Northville, NY 12134

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Northampton Beach Campground

328 Houseman Street
Mayfield, NY 12117

Located on the northwest corner of 29 mile long Great Sacandaga Lake, this campground offers a variety of large, level camping sites, from the secluded within the tall white pines and northern hardwoods, to the openness of the sandy shoreline.

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Rainbow’s End

Northville, NY 12134

35 wooded sites near river. Water and electric, dump station, tables, trails w/in 5 mi., playground

Sacandaga Camp Ground

HC 1 Box 104
Northville, NY 12134
2009 Camping Fee: $19

Situated in a stand of white pine and northern hardwoods on the Sacandaga River, this serene campground offers the camper a wide selection of fishing and hiking on nearby state lands. The campground offers a Junior Naturalist Program, a nature based program that encourages children to explore the surrounding environment.

Sunset Bay Vacation Resort

Paradise Point Road
Mayfield Campground

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