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Heart Lake Campground

Adirondacks, New York

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  • The view on Adirondack Loj Road.- Heart Lake Campground
  • The High Peaks Information Center has restrooms, a store and workers on hand to help campers and hikers.- Heart Lake Campground
  • One of three branches of the hiker parking lot. Parking here is for hikers who want to venture out onto the trails.- Heart Lake Campground
  • The Adirondak Loj.- Heart Lake Campground
  • A picnic area where boats are available to take out on the lake.- Heart Lake Campground
  • Tents seen through the trees. There is a lot of room between sites.- Heart Lake Campground
  • Campsite 1 is a large site with ample parking.- Heart Lake Campground
  • Relaxing on the dock in the morning.- Heart Lake Campground
  • This site has a platform with a roof for small tents.- Heart Lake Campground
  • One of the canvas cabin sites.- Heart Lake Campground
  • The MacIntyre Range as seen across the lake.- Heart Lake Campground
  • A kayaker glides by one of the trails along the lake.- Heart Lake Campground
  • Fall foliage makes Heart Lake a destination location in the fall.- Heart Lake Campground
  • Fall colors surround the lake in October.- Heart Lake Campground
  • A small nature museum along the trail that surrounds the lake.- Heart Lake Campground
  • Lean-to campsite 5 is a lakeside site.- Heart Lake Campground
  • Lean-to campsite 5.- Heart Lake Campground
  • Historical signage.- Heart Lake Campground
  • Heart Lake as seen from the summit of Mount Jo.- Heart Lake Campground
  • - Heart Lake Campground
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Great views. Lots of recreational options. Swimming. Fishing.
Cons: 
Crowds in summer.
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Region:
Adirondacks, NY
Managed by: 
Adirondack Mountain Club
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Parking Pass: 
General Day Use Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Reservations possible: 
Yes
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Campground Description

Campground Description

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Heart Lake is an Adirondack destination for thousands of visitors each year. Its proximity to the High Peaks Wilderness allows hikers easy access to the trails leading to a large number of the Adirondack High Peaks. Some other destinations include the MacIntyre Range, the Mount Colden Trap Dike, Avalanche Lake, Marcy Dam, the Flowed Lands, Mount Jo and Rocky Falls.

Heart Lake also possesses a wilderness campground with 32 sites, 16 lean-tos and six canvas cabins. The campsites and lean-tos are available year round. Visitors can also stay at the Adirondak Loj, which can accommodate up to 38 guests in a variety of rooms. Additionally, there are three cabins located on the property that are available. The Loj, cabins and campgrounds are owned and operated by the Adirondack Mountain Club.

Heart Lake is open for swimming, fishing and paddling. A number of classes and programs are also available for campers or day use visitors.

For those seeking a great view on one of the smaller mountains, Mount Jo offers scenic sights of Heart Lake and the High Peaks from its 2,876-foot summit. There are two trails leading up Mount Jo. The first is a mellow 1.3-mile hike, and the other is a steeper, rougher 1.1-mile trail. Visitors can also hike to Mount Van Hoevenberg, site of the Olympic bobsled run and training facility and a stunning view of the High Peaks Wilderness.

When arriving, visitors must check-in to the High Peaks Information Center to pay the parking fee and obtain a parking permit for the lot. The center also offers hiking gear, bear canister rentals, clothing, and books. A restroom is available as well. Due to the high volume of visitors in the summer, it is best to arrive early in the morning to get a parking spot.

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