Camping in the Adirondacks can take many different forms, but at John Dillon Park it offers a mobility accessible camping experience in lean-to’s and tent sites on the exclusive Grampus Lake and best of all it’s free!
John Dillon Park was built and opened in 2006 in a collaborative effort between International Paper, Paul Smith’s and the brainchild of Christine Snide, former Town Supervisor for the Town of Long Lake.
John Dillon Park is located at 2150 Tupper Road/Route 30, Long Lake NY and is open daily between 9am- 6pm with eight lean-to’s and one tent site. It is two miles down a dirt road deep into the wilderness and found along International Paper’s Grampus Lake. Paul Smith’s College oversees the facility by providing three terrific staffer’s ready to make your wilderness experience as comfortable and rewarding as possible. You need firewood, they’ll fill your wood box. You need your garbage taken care of, it is removed daily, want a boat ride? Stop by the visitor’s center, just ask, the friendly staff will do everything to make your stay comfortable.
All of the lean-tos are fully accessible either by ramp or by transfer from a wheelchair and are equipped with a fold-down bed, fireplace and picnic tables.
The network of trails gives the guest an opportunity to take a nature hike or find a quiet place in the woods for a truly wilderness experience. Easy for the kids and great for the Grandparents. Everyone with every level of ability can experience over five miles of trail.
There is a dock available for fishing, an electric pontoon boat to escort you around the shoreline and peace and quiet so you can catch up on the book you’ve been wanting to read for months.
Draw in the true solitude and essence of the Adirondacks while enjoying a wild camping experience, but with some amenities not available at an average campground. There are bear proof containers for food, composting toilets, a welcome center with a cozy lounge area for inclement days, potable well water, and daily replenishment of wood for the fireplace.
Even though there are terrific “camping” amenities, remember, you are camping and it’s still considered roughing it and it is essential to research what you need to take when you plan a lengthy stay. Suggested items include sleeping bags, air mattress, flashlights, lantern, water container, waterproof matches, newspaper, sunscreen, insect repellant, toilet paper, propane stove or grill, paper plates, bowls, cups, plastic silverware… and the list goes on. For a complete list check out their website at www.johndillonpark.org.
Have an electric wheelchair? The solar power at the campground is converted into juice which can be utilized to charge your chair, at no cost to you.
For a true wilderness experience, try it out for a night or a week or even a fun place to have a family picnic. For reservations call 518-524-6226 or stop in from 9am – 6pm daily. The road driving in is a bit rugged, so take your time venturing in. Limited AT&T cell phone service is available. Remember to use caution and be prepared when camping. For more information and FAQ’s check out their website at www.paulsmiths.edu/johndillonpark/facilities/
Everyone is welcome to visit and take advantage of this truly Adirondack experience in Long Lake, NY. Long Lake is in the center of the Adirondacks, less than a tank away from most activities and attractions. Make Long Lake your launching pad for a truly incredible, memorable summer vacation. You’ll come back year after year.