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Camping in the Adirondacks
West Central Region
Nicks Lake Campground
Nicks Lake Campground is located in Thendara, near Old Forge in the Black River Wild Forest of Adirondack Park. This campground has 112 campsites, playground, picnic area, a large beach and a 205 acre shallow lake closed to motor boats. This makes the campground a great place for canoeing and kayaking. There are well over twenty miles of hiking and biking trails located near the campground including a 4.5 mile hiking trail loop that circles the lake.
The best water front campsites are in Loop E and include sites 97-99, 102, 103, 105, 107 as well as 108. This campground is very popular due to its proximity to the Old Forge Area. This campground is usually open a week before Memorial Day thru Columbus Day. The GPS coordinates for the campground entrance is N43 41.606 W74 58.596 for those who have a GPS device in their vehicle.
The lake got its present name from Nick Stoner, a near legend in this area's history and a war veteran of the Revolutionary War as well as the War of 1812. In 1962 the state purchased 3747 acres from Fred Williams, A. Richard Cohen, and Douglas N. Rice. Then in 1966 Nick's Lake Public Campground was opened to the public. You can find more info on this campground from the NY DEC website as well as a campground map.
Campsite 15 at Nicks Lake Campground
If your visiting the campground, be sure to take the time to do the 4.5 mile Nicks Lake Loop hike around the lake. Hiking enthusiasts with be pleased with the many hiking trails that can be found within the campground as well as nearby. Many of the trails are also available for mountain biking as well as the Old Forge Biking Trail System located nearby. Look below for many of the hiking trails located in the area of Nicks Lake Campground.
Nicks Lake area hiking trails
Nicks Lake Loop - This popular 4.5 mile loop hike circles the lake with many views of the lake along the way. The trail can be accessed in the campground and many start this hike from the beach parking area.
Fish Barrier Dam Trail - This short 0.2 mile red marked trail is accessed from the Nicks Lake Loop Trail just south of the Nicks Creek bridge. The trail leads to an old wooden fish barrier dam on Nicks Creek.
Nicks Lake Campground Nature Trail - This 0.75 mile self guided nature trail starts near the beach just before the floating bridge along the Nicks Lake Loop Trail. Small signs along the trail explain the area's diverse nature.
Moose River Lock & Dam Trail - This popular one mile trail leads to an old wooden dam on the Middle Branch of the Moose River, which is also the site of an old lock. The trailhead for this hike is at the scenic Green Bridge over the Moose River.
Humphrey Hill Trails - Multiple trails criss-cross Humphrey Hill which give access to Nicks Lake from Green Bridge and Bisby Road.
Bisby Road Trail - This one mile hiking/biking trail leads one mile to Nicks Lake Loop Trail from Bisby Road. This gives you the option of doing the Nicks Lake Loop without paying the admission fee at the campground. This trail also allows access to the long Nelson Lake Loop Trail as well as the long Remsen Falls Trail.
Nelson Lake Loop Trail - This 8.5 mile hiking/biking trail is accessed via Nicks Lake Loop Trail. The shortest distance to Nelson Lake is from the NY 28 trailhead along the Nelson Lake Trail, however this route requires a fording of the Moose River.
Remsen Falls Trail - This 9.2 mile hiking/biking trail is accessed from the Nicks Lake Loop Trail and features the only lean to in the Nicks Lake area. This trail takes you to the confluence of the Middle & South Branches of the Moose River. The trail follows Nicks Creek, South Branch of the Moose River as well as the Middle Branch of the Moose River.
Nicks Lake Loop Trail - Remsen Falls Trail junction
Deer in the picnic area at Nicks Lake
Nicks Lake Beach
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