Winter Camping Attractions in New York

Winter Camping Attractions in New York
Some outdoor enthusiasts enjoy spending time in the woods in all seasons--including winter. Winter camping in New York is for the real hardcore backpackers. Winter temperatures in New York--especially upstate--can reach well below zero. Additionally, snow ice, and wind storms are a common occurrence in the Mid-Atlantic state. There are some beautiful sights in the winter, however, and if you are hardy enough to stomach the cold, these are for you.

Adirondack State Park

Adirondack State Park is the largest state park in the country. Situated about 50 miles north of the capital Albany, this park stretches nearly to Canada. Within the park there are hundreds of lakes and mountains. In the winter you'll be able to climb up any of the mountain peaks and enjoy views from the top that you would miss in the summer due to tree cover. Similarly, at Saranac Lake, you can ice fish and skate. The park also has many cross country ski trails if you can manage to pack in a pair of skis.

Catskill Mountains

The Catskill Mountains are the southern range in New York. This area is popular with skiers, but also has plenty of winter camping opportunities. One of the best areas--and most accessible--is Lone Mountain. You can snowshoe in, climb to the top, and then head back down to make camp. The Catskills are known to be quite cold, though. Make sure to bring extra clothes, fuel and a warm sleeping bag.

Bear Mountain State Park

Bear Mountain State Park is open year-round. Here you will enjoy established campsites, picnic tables and even grills. You can also hike up Bear Mountain under snow cover--remember your snowshoes or cramp-ons--and enjoy the breathtaking view from the top. There is a monument and a 360-degree view of the surrounding area. At times, you may even run into a ranger who'll probably be glad to see you and have a chat.

Article Written By Duncan Jenkins

Based in Eugene, Ore., Duncan Jenkins has been writing finance-related articles since 2008. His specialties include personal finance advice, mortgage/equity loans and credit management. Jenkins obtained his bachelor's degree in English from Clark University.

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