Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the completion of construction of the new Frontier Town Campground, Equestrian and Day Use Area in the Adirondacks. The new public campground, on the site of the former Frontier Town theme park in the town of North Hudson, is a signature piece of the Governor’s “Gateway to the Adirondacks” tourism hub. To date, an estimated total of $25 million in public/private resources has been committed to the project.
The Department of Environmental Conservation campground was designed in collaboration with the Office of General Services and C.T. Male Associates. The campground includes 91 campsites to accommodate a range of camping and visitor experiences. are now available for the summer season, from June 28 through Columbus Day weekend.
Key campground features include:
- An equestrian camping area with 33 sites modeled after the camping areas at DEC’s Otter Creek Horse Trail facility. The area includes electrical hookups and a pavilion
- A recreational vehicle (RV) and trailer camping area with space for 13 sites with electrical hookups, fireplaces, conveniently located water spigots, and a playground
- A tent camping area with 45 tent sites, including three group camping sites; three walk-in camping sites; four sites with electric vehicle charging stations; two shower buildings; a playground; and two pavilions
- A seasonal day-use area along the shoreline of the Schroon River for campers and visitors to enjoy, as well as a pavilion, two playgrounds, two electric vehicle charging stations, and a comfort station
- A network of pedestrian trails take visitors to four viewpoints: two along the Schroon River and two overlooking an oxbow wetland
The campground, a signature project of Governor Cuomo’s Initiative to enhance access to state lands and connect New Yorkers to nature and the outdoors, was designed to provide accessibility to people of all ages and abilities and includes many Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)-compliant features. The facility’s universal design enables everyone, including seniors and families with small children, to access its amenities consistent with the Governor’s 2018 to make New York the first age-friendly state in the country. All campsites, showers, and restrooms are accessible and campsites have accessibly designed picnic tables and fireplaces. In addition, the campground features two ADA-compliant horse mounting ramps.
Governor Cuomo the creation of a master plan to establish a tourism hub at Exit 29 of the Northway in the town of North Hudson in 2017. The Upper Hudson Recreation Hub included plans for the Frontier Town Campground as part of the State’s effort to establish a Gateway to the Adirondacks that links local and regional outdoor recreation experiences in the Adirondack Park, bolsters tourism, and strengthens the North Country’s regional economy. New York State and the Open Space Institute, working in collaboration with five neighboring Adirondack towns, created a blueprint for a new recreation hub to improve local amenities, expand access, and draw increased visitors to the park.
A key component of the master plan is a $19 million State investment through NY Works to develop the new Frontier Town campground on approximately 91 acres of land owned by the town of North Hudson and Essex County. DEC will operate the campground per the terms of a conservation easement that allows for amenities not found at other DEC campgrounds.
The design of the campground limits disturbance to the natural environment to the greatest extent possible, and the preservation of vegetation, wetlands, and topography were all considered in its design. Roadways, trails, and utility corridors follow natural grades to limit land grading and tree clearing.
A newly completed, four-mile multi-use trail connecting the campground to neighboring land across NYS Route 9 and leading to the Schroon River in the Hammond Pond Wild Forest is now open for use. A larger network of multi-use and equestrian trails connecting the campground to the neighboring area is planned, including the Schroon Lake-North Hudson Snowmobile trail network known as the “Ti to Co Line Trail” and the Palmer Pond Bridge connection on the west, leading to publicly owned lands including the Boreas Ponds Tract and Essex Chain Lakes Complex.
Hammond Pond Wild Forest
DEC also announced today the finalization of the Hammond Pond Wild Forest Unit Management Plan, which outlines plans to advance outdoor recreation at Frontier Town and the area while protecting natural resources and the ecological value of the northern Adirondacks. The is comprised of nearly 46,000 acres of Forest Preserve lands in the towns of Crown Point, Elizabethtown, Keene, Moriah, North Hudson, Schroon, Ticonderoga, and Westport, Essex County. The wild forest offers exceptional outdoor recreational opportunities for hiking, camping, paddling, boating, fishing, hunting, and more. Projects in the final management plan include:
- New equestrian trails that complement facilities at the Frontier Town Campground & Day Use Area
- Enhance existing and create new high quality, universally accessible parking, camping, and trails to provide recreational opportunities for people with disabilities
- New sustainably designed trails adjacent to Forest Preserve units and private lands
- Connect and extend linear trails to create loops and longer-distance hiking opportunities
- Contribute to the completion of the 4,600-mile North Country National Scenic Trail by a route connection across the wild forest
- Designate existing community connector snowmobile trails for continued use
- New tent sites and one new lean-to