Standard (Tent/RV)
Tent Cabin
Tent Sites
Drinking Water
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
About 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.


There are 32 campsites located in the Wilderness Campground. Each campsite has a fire pit and picnic table. A limited number of sites are large enough to accommodate a pop-up camper or small trailer. A maximum of 6 people and a maximum of 3 tents are allowed per site. These sites are open year-round. Lean-tos

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.

$25.00 - $55.00
Drive In
Walk In
Boat In
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
No Electric Hookups
Fires Allowed
Firewood Available
Pets Allowed
No Phone Service
Picnic Table
Trash Available
No WiFi
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RVs and Trailers
No Sanitary Dump
No Sewer Hookups
No Water Hookups
Wilderness Campground at Heart Lake is located in New York
44.1817 N
-73.9649 W
Get Directions
FROM THE SOUTH: Take the Northway (Rt. 87) to Exit 30, Turn left on Rt. 73 toward Keene and Lake Placid. Continue on Rt. 73 for 26.5 miles. One mile before the Lake Placid ski jumps; turn left on Adirondak Loj Road (High Peaks Wilderness Trailhead Sign), five miles to the Loj to the end of the road. FROM THE NORTH: Take the Northway (Rt. 87) to Exit 34, Keeseville. Follow 9N to Jay and Rt. 86 to Lake Placid. Turn left on Rt. 73 before going through Lake Placid. In three miles, look for High Peaks Wilderness Trailhead Sign (one mile past the Lake Placid ski jumps) and turn right onto Adirondak Loj Road, five miles to the Loj to the end of the road. FROM THE WEST: Rt. 3 or 86 into Saranac Lake. Continue on Rt. 86 through Lake Placid. At the third traffic light, turn right onto Rt. 73 towards Keene. In three miles, look for High Peaks Wilderness Trailhead Sign (one mile past the Lake Placid ski jumps) and turn right onto Adirondak Loj Road, five miles to the Loj to the end of the road. After passing the entrance station, take the first right and proceed to the Loj.
6 Reviews of Wilderness Campground at Heart Lake
Thus far, my favorite spot

There’s no explaining the views around here. The mountains are beautiful, Lake Placid is beautiful, and this campsite is amazing. It’s pretty secluded, and from what others have said.. yes, beware of the roads coming in. 40MPH is too fast for these torn up roads. The campsite itself is great. They have cabins, lean-tos, and tent sites. My boyfriend and I braved the 12° nights and pitched a tent. There were a lot of campers, but the sites are spaced out and people were very respectful of noise/lights/other campers. I was bummed out to see no wildlife, but we did see a moose print on the hike up Mount Marcy!! (Unfortunately I only made it about 3/4 of the way and had to come back down. Not in amazing shape, but working on it 😂)

This is really one of my favorite spots. The Adirondack Loj is warm and inviting. The facilities are clean and well kept. I will FOR SURE be visiting again soon.

Great hikes, and location!

Rode in on a motorcycle late at night expecting to not be able to get in, but you can take a parking pass and drop an envelope with your fee at the entrance booth. $15 for a full day $8 after 1PM. The parking fills up fast for Mt. Marcy hikes. Would recommend sleeping at the Mt. Marcy dam lean-to’s (~2 mile hike in) the night before your hike to beat the crowds. **Road going in is very rough use extreme caution on a motorcycle with street tires

Great times had here

We had a great time at this campground. It has some trail heads on the grounds and so much to do on the area it located. There’s a beautiful lake here for doing all sorts of things at. The camping areas are large enough to fit everything you need on them, we pitched a tent.

cozy, private, beautiful views

I had a great one night stay at this campground last summer. Reserving online was easy, checking in was very straightforward, and our campsite (#10) was perfect. Our site was spacious and relatively private, flat, and shaded. The campground hosts came and checked on us once. The whole campground was quiet and beautifyl to stroll around and see the lake and nearby mountains. You can hike Algonquin, Iriquois, Wright Peak, and Mt. Jo all right from the campground. There are only 32 sites so it never felt too crowded.

Newly improved, off grid, amenity central!

I was tagging along on a family camping trip arranged at this campground. I was absolutely impressed with the restrooms, dishwashing station, and beach area. I didn’t spend any time inside the Loj by the lake because I was camping with my dog and intentionally stayed off the Wi-Fi the whole trip, but family made use of the connection option. Despite a rainy week we made the most of the easily accessible mountains and the onsite convenience shop was helpful! Perfect distance from Lake Placid proper for an enforced retreat with the option to reconnect. Despite rather high density of sites they are well designed and the campground is quiet and dark at night for good rest!

Loved it!

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Adk Heart Lake Wilderness Campground

Lean to camping at it's best! The lean to I had was right on the lake and on the edge of the campground. It's a bit of a trek to a bathroom but well worth it. You can sit and chill by the lake,hike a mountain or hike around the lake. You can even head into Lake Placid if you want! One of my favorite places to be!

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