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Taylor Pond Campground is a state-run RV camping facility on the northeast shore of Taylor Pond in Clinton County, New York. This small 10-acre campground is in a beautiful location, surrounded by over 8,000 acres of state forest and mountains. Only 25 sites are available for camping with an RV, and the maximum length available for your rental RV is 30 feet.
This really is a great spot to get away from everything and enjoy the peace and quiet of the mountains. This is a primitive campground with access by a short dirt track. There are no flushing toilets or showers on site, but drinking water spigots are available.
This campground is very popular with fishermen, naturalists, and bird spotters, who love the seclusion and the vast array of fauna and flora. Birds of prey are particularly active here, thanks to the huge expanse of forest, with loons, osprey, and eagles in abundance.
There’s a boat ramp within the campground, and boat rentals are available. There are numerous hiking opportunities in the area, including trails starting from the campground. If you are looking for a getaway from it all camping experience, then book an RV in Clinton County, and you won’t be disappointed.
The campground is in a mountainous area with thousands of acres of forest. One of the best ways of discovering the great outdoors is by hiking, and this area has plenty of trails. Right from the RV campground is the Taylor Pond Trail, a four-mile hike along the shoreline of the lake, but it’s possible to hike the entire eight miles of the shoreline. It is generally flat, easy, and suitable for the whole family.
From Taylor Pond Campground, you can also hike a few miles north to pick up the Silver Lake Mountain Trail. This moderate trail is around two miles out and back, climbing all the way. But it’s worth the effort on a clear day for the great views of Silver Lake and Taylor Pond.
Fishing is popular both from the bank and by boat, with good stocks of salmon and trout. The perfect spot to catch your next meal!
A few miles south of Taylor Pond Campground is the Whiteface Mountain area. During the summer, there are downhill mountain biking trails that, in the winter, turn into a large ski area. The resort caters to real thrill-seekers, with the AirBag free Fall experience, a free-fall jump landing on a soft inflated pillow! You can also take a 4x4 vehicle tour of the mountain, play disc golf, or get the most extreme view of the mountain on the gondola rides. If that’s all too exciting, how about mountain yoga, dining at the summit of the mountain, or taking in one of the Saturday night concerts?
The closest town is Au Sable Forks, a few miles east of Taylor Pond Campground or Clayburg to the north. Both offer only basic amenities. The nearest town of any size is Keeseville, on the shores of Lake Champlain. Here you can find everything you need, such as gas and supplies before RV camping at the primitive campgrounds in the mountains.
Lake Champlain stretches for over 120 miles, separating New York from Vermont. All along the shore are towns and communities worth a visit while in the area. The town of Willsboro sits astride the Bouquet River that feeds into Lake Champlain and is a pleasant place to explore. Most of the original buildings from the 18th century have vanished, but Adsit Cabin built-in 1778, still survives. It is believed to be the oldest log cabin in North America that is still in its original location.
Keep heading south past Willsboro, and you will come to Crown point and its fort on the prominent spit of land protruding into the lake. Fort Crown Point was built by the British in 1759, where Lake Champlain narrows, as a strategic defensive position. The ruins of the fort are open to visitors, and there is a museum on-site. Fort Crown Point also played a role during the Revolutionary War.
Continuing on the historical path, Ticonderoga is a little further south and has another star-shaped fort, this time built by the French. The fort is much better preserved than the one at Crown Point, with several complete buildings, some still being used today.
If golf is your passion, you will be spoilt for choice, with many top-class courses, and of course, they all offer wonderful views of the surrounding mountains.