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Frontier Town Campground, Equestrian and Day Use Area

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  • Dates of Operation:
    • Opening Date: May 19
    • Closing Date: October 9
  • Camping Fee: Beginning at $25 per night (out of state residents surcharge additional $5 per night) (other amenities available at additional per night fee)
  • Address: 41 Adventure Pass North Hudson, NY 12855 (directions below)
  • County: Essex
  • GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude): 43 56 31.854N, 73 44 14.897W
  • Campground Phone: (518) 532-9051
  • Regional Office Phone: (518) 597-3257
  • Make Your Camping Reservation: ReserveAmerica

Check out our Flickr album of this facility! (leaves DEC website)

Frontier Town Campground, Equestrian and Day Use Area Map (PDF) || DECinfo Locator

Firewood Restriction Map (PDF) shows the 50-mile radius from which untreated firewood may be moved to this campground. Help prevent the spread of invasive pests and diseases by following New York's firewood regulation.

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DEC has constructed a state campground, equestrian campground and two day use areas (the "Frontier Town Campground, Equestrian and Day Use Area") on approximately 91 acres of land owned by the town of North Hudson and Essex County. DEC operates the facility according to the terms of a conservation easement. It was designed to be in harmony with the topography and natural features of the site.

Frontier Town Entrance

Within the Frontier Town Campground, Equestrian and Day Use Area, a network of pedestrian trails takes visitors to four viewpoint: two along the Schroon River and two overlooking an oxbow wetland. A new network of multi-use and equestrian trails connecting the campground to the neighboring area is being designed. It is anticipated that the campground trails will connect to the existing trail network across NYS Route 9 and part of the Schroon Lake-North Hudson Snowmobile trail network known as the "To to Co Line Trail," and will provide connectivity to the Hammond Pond Wild Forest to the east and the Palmer Pond Bridge connection on the west, leading to publicly owned lands including the Boreas Ponds Tract and Essex Chain Lakes Complex.


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The new DEC campground, designed in collaboration with DEC, NYS Office of General Services, and C.T. Male Associates, includes 77 campsites total to accommodate a range of camping experiences.

Blacksmith Equestrian Camping Area

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Electric Hook ups

Modeled after DEC's Otter Creek facility, the equestrian camping area provides space for 19 equestrian camping sites including American with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant features. The equestrian campsites each have electrical hookups, fireplaces, 2 tie stalls, and water spigots within 250 feet of each campsite. Thirteen horse tie stalls located next to the camping pads, each having a capacity of up to five horses, and one stud stall provides the capacity for up to 66 horses. Two ADA compliant horse mounting ramps are also available for campers. This area also includes one shower building and a pavilion with electrical outlets and interior lighting.

trailer camping
Electric Hook Ups

Stagecoach RV/Trailer Camping Area

A Recreational Vehicle (RV) and trailer camping area provides space for 13 RV and Trailer camping sites. All of the RV and trailer campsite pads are provided with electrical hookups, fireplaces, and water spigots are conveniently located. There is one shower building in this area.

tent camping
Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Prairie Junction Camping Area

A multi-use camping area for tents, RV and trailer campers is located to the south and west of the RV and trailer camping area, extending towards the Schroon River. A total of 45 sites, including 3 group-camping sites, will be provided with two shower buildings. Each site will have parking for two vehicles, a picnic table, fireplace and 12-foot-by-12-foot tent pad. The sites are not serviced by electrical power, however there are two sites which provide electric vehicle charging stations. Water spigots are conveniently located. A minimum of a 30 foot buffer of existing vegetation was maintained between sites and all sites are set back at least 30 feet from top of bank along the Schroon River so that they are not visible to recreational users of the river. There is also a playground and two pavilions with hibachi-style grills.

All-Season Day Use Areas

Girl riding her pony at Frontier Town

A parking area for all-season trail access is located off of Frontier Town Road near NYS Route 9. The primary intent of this day use area is to provide parking and trail access year-round, including for winter use. Parking for 26 vehicles is available here, including 18 parking spaces for vehicles with snowmobile trailers, 6 for vehicles only and 2 accessible vehicle spaces. A waterless restroom is provided at this location. Although access to the facility is restricted during the construction phase, there are other Equestrian Opportunities Near Frontier Town (PDF).

Accessible Features

Frontier Town 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 to access its amenities. All campsites, showers, and restrooms are accessible and campsites have accessibly designed picnic tables and fire-making facilities. In addition, the campground features two ADA-compliant horse mounting ramps. Sites 21, 37, 54, 66, 80.

River Side Day Use Area

A seasonal day use area is located along the shoreline of the Schroon River. This day use area includes a pavilion with hibachi-style grills, playground and flush toilets which is open for day users as well as campers. This pavilion may be reserved by the public in advance. Thirty-four parking spaces are provided at the bathroom/pavilion, two of which are accessible. In addition, four parking spaces are provided nearer the river, one of which is accessible.

Additional Features and Information

In addition to the public facilities described above, the campground includes facilities necessary for the operation of the campground including an entrance ticket booth; one cabin for four seasonal workers and one cabin for the caretaker; a trailer dump station; a garage for administrative use; a firewood storage building; and a water treatment/storage building. The entrance ticket booth utilizes solar energy to support part of the ticketing operations and amenities for staff. Electric vehicle charging stations are available at the seasonal day-use and in the Prairie camping areas.

equestrian riders under the frontier town sign


Take Exit 29 off of the Northway. Make a right onto Blue Ridge Road, then make another right onto Route 9 South. Turn right onto Frontier Town Road and continue to the campground entrance.

Get driving directions from Google Maps (leaves DEC website)

Planning and Management

The goal of this project was to establish a benchmark vision for a new gateway hub to the Adirondacks that will promote a world-class recreation experience and increase the economic vitality of the "5 Towns" including North Hudson, Newcomb, Indian Lake, Long Lake, and Minerva. The project should ensure that the uses, programs and services improve access to the regions recreation amenities and support the growth of local communities and the region. DEC will operate the facility according to the terms of a conservation easement.

Frontier Town Campground, Equestrian, and Day Use Area Fact Sheet (PDF)

Upper Hudson Recreation Master Plan, December 2016 (PDF)