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When you are looking for a remote RV campground in New York state to get back to nature and enjoy the great outdoors, then the Forked Lake Campground could be just right. Located in the beautiful Adirondack region, surrounded by forests and lakes, this really is a get away from it all motorhome camping vacation. The campground is located midway between the two large cities of Plattsburgh in the north and Albany in the south.
The campsites of Forked Lake Campground are spread all around the shoreline of the lake, giving plenty of seclusions. Many of the sites are hike-in or even boat-in only, so booking in advance is highly recommended to secure an RV camping site. None of the sites have electric or water hookups, but there are toilets and drinking water supplies. At the main camping area, you’ll also find a picnic area and firepits, a boat ramp, and boat rental facilities.
With limited facilities, you’ll need to make sure your rental RV is well-stocked before arrival. Coming from the east, the small town of Indian Lake is just a few miles from Forked Lake Campground, and you can find all your essentials such as a gas station and a grocery store here.
Using the campground as the base for your RV rental vacation is a great way to discover the area when you book a camper rental at Forked Lake. You’ll be close to the Adirondack Experience that gives visitors an insight into the life of the people that worked in the local lumberyards. Hiking, boating, and fishing are all popular on Forked Lake, and boat rentals are available at the campground, where there is also a boat ramp.
One of the main reasons for camping with an RV in remote locations is to get access to some great trails, and the area around Forked Lake is no exception. The Forked Lake Campground Trail is a 1.5-mile out and back hike that follows the shoreline and is primarily for use by people camping at the campground. It’s an easy hike, with no hills, so suitable for the whole family, and a pleasant stroll if you are RV camping at Forked Lake Campground. Around one mile east of the campground is the Buttermilk Falls Trail, a very short walk of around 0.2-miles to a beautiful waterfall.
A short walk of a few hundred yards from Forked Lake Campground brings you to the Sargent Ponds Loop. This moderate graded hike is around 8-miles long, mostly through the forest, is great for birdwatching, and passes the small Grass Pond along the way. It’s a pleasant, dog-friendly hike.
Should fishing be your passion, then RV camping at Forked Lake and Forked Lake Campground should be a real treat. Fishing from the banks of Forked Lake or by boat is right on your doorstep, with a range of species available to catch, including brook trout, bass, perch, and panfish.
Speaking of boating, it’s easy to get out on the water with the boat ramp right in the campground, plus boat rentals on site. Bring your own boat or rent one right in Forked Lake Campground.
There are plenty of opportunities to get outdoors and explore when you book an RV in Hamilton County. The Adirondack Experience opened in 1957 as the Adirondack Museum, which had the aim of preserving the history and stories of the people that lived and worked in Adirondack Park. The park’s story began in 1867 when Miles Talcott Merwin acquired over 11,000 acres of land in the Adirondacks, and after visiting the location with his son, they built a lumber yard. Soon after, vacationers began to arrive in the area, escaping the big cities, and in 1880 they built a hotel on the site. The hotel is now a museum containing thousands of artifacts and memorabilia, plus there are interactive exhibitions and many original outbuildings to visit.
Should the beautiful surroundings inspire you as an artist, then make sure you visit the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts. Opened in 1967, the center caters to visual arts, theatre, dance, and music. The gallery is home to pictures, drawings, and photographs mainly by local artists, plus regular workshops and events are held during the year. Throughout the summer, the center runs a Theatre Festival, with productions of plays, musicals, and usually a Shakespeare play.