Wilderness Campground at Heart Lake

The Adirondack Mountain Club’s Wilderness Campground offers a variety of primitive camping opportunities. The seasonal washhouse is available during the spring, summer, and fall; this facility has men and women’s washrooms with showers, toilets, and sinks. During the winter months guests are able to use the facilities in the High Peaks Information Center. All food must be stored inside a vehicle to avoid attracting wildlife.

Protect Our Forests from Insect Invaders: Transporting untreated firewood spreads diseases from insect invaders that kill trees. State regulation prohibits the import of firewood into New York unless it has been kiln dried. The regulation also limits the transportation of untreated firewood to less than 50 miles from its source. Local firewood is available for sale at ADK’s Wilderness Campground.

*The Wilderness Campground is a tent only campground and can no longer accommodate small pop-up campers and tent trailers due to New York State Health Department regulations.

Campground Map

Visit the Wilderness Campground Map


There are 31 campsites located in the Wilderness Campground. The campground is a tent only campground and cannot accommodate RV’s, motor homes, travel trailers, or pop-up tent trailers. Each campsite has a fire pit and picnic table.  A maximum of 6 people and a maximum of 3 tents are allowed per site. These sites are open year-round.


The Wilderness Campground has 16 lean-tos, several are located adjacent to Heart Lake. Lean-tos are a traditional three-sided Adirondack shelter, they offer protection from weather but have the feel of sleeping out in the open. Each lean-to has a fire pit and picnic table. The lean-tos are open year-round.

Canvas Cabins

There are six canvas cabins in the Wilderness Campground, each sleeps six people in three bunk beds. The canvas cabins have mattresses but no pillows or linens are provided. Each canvas cabin has a fire pit and picnic table. They are open from the weekend prior to Memorial Day through Columbus Day.

To make a reservation or for more information, call 518-523-3441 (8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sat.-Thur.; 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday), email reservations, or book online.