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Wilmington Notch

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Campground Map PDF File (720KB)

Firewood Restriction Map || (PDF file, 1 MB) View map showing 50-mile radius from which untreated firewood may be moved to this campground. For more information, see firewood restrictions.

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Wilmington Notch is located beside the Ausable River and accommodates fishermen looking to challenge the rapids in search of a great catch. Olympic Whiteface Mountain is on the other side of the river and offers a gondola ride to the summit with a great view for miles. Lake Placid Olympic Village is a short 8 miles from this campground offering unlimited attractions. The campground is situated in a birch and pine grove at the base of Whiteface Mountain.



54 campsites, hot showers, flush toilets, trailer dump station, recycling center, firewood sales, picnic area.

Featured Activities

fishing Fishing

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Trout fishing in the nearby west branch of the Ausable River.

hiking Hiking

For both the experienced and inexperienced hiker, Wilmington Notch Campground offers easy access to many Adirondack High Peak Wilderness trails.


From the Northway (I-87) northbound: Exit 30 Route 73 north to Lake Placid. Route 86 8 miles east of Village of Lake Placid. Campground is on the left side of the road.

From the Northway (I-87) southbound: Exit 34 route 9N south to Jay; Route 86 south to Wilmington; 4 miles west of the village, right side of the road.

From Tupper Lake: Route 3 east to Saranac Lake, Route 86 through Lake Placid; 8 miles past the village, campground is on left side of the road.

Get driving directions from Google Maps (leaves DEC website)

Rules, Regulations and Outdoor Safety

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Campground frequently asked questions

Clean your boat and equipment - help prevent the spread of aquatic invasives

Don't move firewood - help prevent of spread of invasive insects

Hiking safety tips

Additional Information

Area Attractions

For sightseers, Wilmington Notch is the ideal campground. It is five miles from Santa's Workshop, one mile from High Falls Gorge (a series of spectacular falls on the west branch of the Ausable River) and seven miles from the Whiteface Mountain Memorial Highway, which winds its way to the summit of the majestic mountain. Also, just minutes away in the Lake Placid vicinity, are the other Olympic venue sites.

Historic Interest

The campground first opened to the public for camping in 1926 with 12 developed camping sites, and it has been expanded to 54 sites.