Taylor Pond Campground
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Introduction

Lovely secluded Taylor Pond Campground, resting in the Wild Forest along 813-acre Taylor Pond, is a natural haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Although this petite forested park with day use and campground facilities isn’t for everyone, those interested in a simple no-frills outing will welcome the quiet simplicity to be had here. Petite 10-acre Taylor Pond Campground is a lovely space to engage in a variety of outdoor activities. Taylor Pond offers over eight miles of shoreline and exceptional fishing and paddling.

Those interested in extending their stay at secluded Taylor Pond Campground will find 30 camp sites to choose from. Guests should note that this is primitive camping with few amenities. Although there are outhouses and water spigots located throughout the park, those looking for a quiet secluded place to camp and enjoy outdoor recreational activities will welcome the solitude available in this petite campground located in over 8,000-acres of forest. You'll find camping sites that can accommodate RV’s up to 30-feet in length. There are also five sites accessible only by boat that are outfitted with lean-tos. Guests looking to enjoy Taylor Pond will find a boat launch on site. Those traveling without a boat of their own will be happy to hear that canoes and row-boats are available for rent in the park.

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Transportation in Taylor Pond Campground

Driving

The park's address is:

1865 Silver Lake Rd

Ausable Forks, NY 12912

Guests will find Taylor Pond Campground approximately nine-miles from Au Sable Forks. Travel nine-miles on Silver Lake Rd and make a left turn onto Adirondack Park/Adirondack Park Preserve. Please, be mindful that this is a dirt road just beyond Nelson Rd (on your left). If you reach Turnpike Rd, you have gone too far.

Parking

Guests to Taylor Pond Campground will find parking available to them at several spots around the pond, near the registration booth at the park entrance, and within the camp sites.

Public Transport

No access to public transportation is available within the campground.

Campgrounds and parking in Taylor Pond Campground

Campsites in Taylor Pond Campground

Reservations camping

Taylor Pond Campground

Nature enthusiasts will find Taylor Pond Campground and Day Use area a delightfully secluded area to enjoy a no frills outing. Located in the midst of an 8,000-acre forest, at the end of a dirt road, this day-use and campground area is ideal for enjoying fishing and paddling on 813-acre Taylor Pond, hiking in the fall, camping in the warm months, and even snowmobiling in the winter. Settled between the peaks of the Adirondack Mountains, this park offers stunning views, solitude, and several hiking options both within the park and beyond.

Guests looking to stay overnight or longer will find quiet camping opportunities and a few amenities to make their stay more pleasant. The park maintains outhouses and water spigots at several spots around the campground. There is a boat ramp for guests interested in paddling or fishing from the surface of Taylor Pond. Guests will find 30 camp sites available to them. Some sites are located, in the open near the water. Other sites are nestled under the canopy of a mature forest allowing for privacy. There are even five camp sites with lean-tos that guests can boat to.

First-come first-served

Alternate camping

Seasonal activities in Taylor Pond Campground

In-Season

Babbie Rural and Farm Learning Museum

Guests to Taylor Pond Campground with interest in farming and rural life will want to make the drive to nearby Peru to explore the Babbie Rural and Farm Learning Museum. Open May-Oct this museum provides education on many aspects of life in a rural farming community. Visitors are encouraged to explore the outdoor blacksmith shop. Kids will be excited to interact with the museum “cow” in the “From Farm to Table” exhibit. Guests of all ages will be fascinated by the exhibits of antique farming equipment.

North Star Underground Railroad Museum

Guests to Taylor Pond Campground with an interest in history and local culture will want to make the trip to the nearby North Star Underground Railroad Museum. Open seven days a week from late May through Columbus Day, this museum offers information about the North Star Underground Railroad that helps many escape enslavement and find new lives as free people. Visitors to this unique museum are invited to explore exhibits explaining the history of the underground railroad in this area. Guests are invited to enjoy short films of readings from actual slave diaries.

Boating and Paddling

Guests to Taylor Pond Campground and Day Use Area will want to take advantage of 813-acre Taylor Pond that they will find running alongside the campground. The park maintains a boat ramp making it easy for guests to get onto and off the river. You can enjoy a relaxing paddle around this large wooded pond while drinking in the views of the surrounding Adirondack Mountains. Motor boats, rowboats, kayaks, and canoes are all allowed on Taylor Pond. Those who don’t own a private craft will find rowboats and canoes available for rent on site. Guests will find the boat launch near the entrance booth.

Off-Season

Geocaching

Guests to Taylor Pond Campground with an interest in this modern twist on treasure hunting will be happy to hear that there are multiple caches available to them in this area. Guests new to the activity will find this secluded wooded area a prime spot to give geocaching a try.

Take a Hike #2 (Taylor Pond) geocache is easy to find and located in fairly easy terrain. Located outside of the campground entry, this cache doesn’t require that you pay a park fee. Guests will find the cache on the left when heading in the direction of the campground. Guests will be looking for a popcorn container covered in camo tape.

Guests may also give the Taylor’s Homestead cache a try as well. This cache is more difficult to find and is place in fairly difficult terrain. You'll find this cache near the old Taylor Homestead on Taylor Pond. The cache can be located by boat or by following the snowmobile trail. Look for an ammo box.

Fishing

Those with an interest in fishing will want to make sure they take the time to test the waters here. Located on the shore of 813-acre Taylor Pond, this day-use and campground area offers guest great fishing. With over eight miles of shore and a boat ramp, guests can enjoy fishing from shore or from the deck of a boat. Guests without a personal boat, wishing to fish from a boat will find canoes and row-boats available for rent. The pond is stocked with landlocked salmon and trout. You can also expect to land pumpkin seed, perch, rainbow smelt, and brow bullhead here.

Hiking

Visitors to lovely wooded Taylor Pond Campground will want to make sure they bring their hiking boots regardless of the time or year or length of their stay. Nestled beside Taylor Pond and surrounded by the Adirondack Mountains, this park is an ideal place for hiking. The park provides easy access to two trails around the pond. These trails are:

Taylor Pond North which leads guests along a three-mile path to a lean-to on the northern side of Taylor Pond. This trail offers a hilly start followed by a steep incline for about .3-miles. After this ascent, the trail is all downhill.

Taylor Pond South which leads hikers on an approximately two and a half-mile wooded path to a lean-to on the south shore of Taylor Pond. Guests will find this trail to be both shorter and gentler than the Taylor Pond North Trail.

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