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Lincoln Pond Campground, in Essex County, New York, is in a great location for exploring this beautiful area. The campground is easily accessed from the Adirondack Northway, I-87, by taking the turnoff for Elizabethtown and then following Route 7 for around 6 miles. Only a short drive north is the border with Canada, and an interesting excursion would be to the large Canadian city of Montreal, which is just over the border.
Lincoln Pond is split into two separate basins, north and south of Route 7 that crosses through the center, and a small bridge allows boats to move between the basins. Boating, swimming, fishing are all popular activities here, and the boat launch makes it easy to get out on to the water, either with your own boat or one rented at the campground.
Lincoln Pond Campground is located roughly in the center of Lincoln Pond and offers a mix of tent and RV camping sites. Over half of the campsites are along the lakeshore, giving beautiful views, while the others are in the shade of the trees. The campsites are quite spread out, giving a feeling of space and seclusion, with drinking water and a restroom located centrally. RV camping at Lincoln Pond is perfect if you are seeking a quieter motorhome vacation experience, away from the hustle and bustle of busier campgrounds. There are no electrical hook-ups here, but you can use a generator for a limited number of hours each day.
With Lincoln Pond Campground located right on the edge of the water, this is a great spot for enjoying water sports on Lincoln Pond. Small motorboats are allowed here and can be launched from the boat ramp, along with any kind of paddleboats, kayaks, and canoes. If you haven’t brought your own boat along, rentals are available at the campground.
With just a small campground and only limited parking, the pond is generally quiet and perfect for a day of fishing at Lincoln Pond. The usual suspects, such as the largemouth and smallmouth bass can be caught here, along with pike, yellow perch and tiger muskellunge. Ice fishing is available during the winter dependent on conditions, and in both cases, remember to purchase a fishing license before traveling to the campground as they cannot be bought on-site.
Swimming is permitted at Lincoln Pond Campground beach, but only while the lifeguards are on duty. A roped-off swimming area is provided, making it safe for the whole family to enjoy while motorhome camping at the pond.
This is a fantastic area for hiking. Just a short drive southeast from Lincoln Pond Campground is the easy graded Belfrey Mountain trail. This 0.8-mile hike takes you to the summit at just 1840 feet on a very easy route, and you are rewarded with beautiful views across the surrounding peaks. A very short distance west of the campground is the Rocky Peak Ridge Trail, that is definitely only for the committed hiker. With an elevation change of around 4,500 over a distance of 13 miles, the trail takes you over several smaller peaks along the way. It offers beautiful views, forest, rivers, and lakes, but can be snow-covered and icy even in the fall.
This is an area of stunning natural beauty, but also an area with a real depth of history. Settlers from many European countries built settlements here, and it was an area that saw many battles. When you book an RV in Essex County, history is surrounding you on all sides.
A little way south of Lincoln Pond Campground, near the town of Ticonderoga, an interesting festival is held annually at Fort Ticonderoga. The Fete du Fort! Gourmands & Garrisons Festival is held to celebrate the French cuisine and reflects the huge influence of French culture on the area. Once you’ve enjoyed all the wonderful French cuisine, a tour of the castle takes you back in time to the age of the early settlers. Along with special events including re-enactments, and a fantastic collection of 18th-century military artifacts on display, there are also educational exhibits and tours aimed specifically at children. Once you’re tired of walking, there’s a boat cruise to enjoy on Lake Champlain, with a guide that describes all the naval battles that took place on the lake.
Another location that is a little closer when you are camping at Lincoln Pond is the Crown Point State Historic Site. Several forts were built here by the British and the French. Close to the fort area is the historic lighthouse, built-in 1858, which has since been converted to a commemoration for Samuel Champlain.