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I gots a rowdy 4WD and want to get lost in the ADKs for a week in late July.

Ideal spot would permit MTB and paddleboarding from a remote campsite, but happy to drive to one or the other or both if the camping is SWEET. (No hookups or bath facilities needed).

Where should I be looking to escape civilization? Does such a spot even exist?!?! :)
 

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I'm not sure of specific camping locations but I would certainly research the Lake Placid/Wilmington area as there is some great mountain biking and plenty of lakes/rivers for paddle boarding. I am sure someone on here will have specific information for you but I know there are some lake to lake hikes as well. Good luck and enjoy
 

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You want single track riding ?, or dirt road riding ??

The Daks are not (as yet, IMO) as well developed with single tracks as a lot of other regional areas, such as North East Kingdom in Vermont. Most of what I see for single track on the TrailForks map is in the Lake Placid/Wilmington area. The paddling areas on the other hand are NW of Saranac and in the Tupper/Long Lake - Fulton chain and western lakes area.

And you have 3 choices in camping. Established campgrounds run by the DEC and/or private. Or the primitive sites found in abundance in the Moose River Plains area as example, which are roadside or car accessible all first come/first serve. Or backcountry or something requiring hiking or paddling to access the primitive sites a car cannot access.

General rule of thumb for camping on state land in a non-established or primitive campsite is to be 150 ft. from a road, stream/river or body of water. If you know of such places, it’s not going to be car accessible.

Best idea might be the Essex Chain south of Newcomb. There are a few roadside free primitive camping sites plus 30-40 miles of non maintained dirt road riding, along the access roads to the Goodnow Flowage area, Cedar River and Hudson, as well as a lot of lakes that would require some short portages.

Moose River Plains and the dirt road from Inlet to Indian Lake has a lot of free primitive car accessible sites, you can bike on the roads and some trails, but might have to drive west towards the Fulton Chain for paddling.

Also check out the area just west of Tupper Lake. A lot of dirt roads, no car access, in the Connifer to Horseshoe Lake Wild Forest region and north towards Rt3, some free camping on the Horsehoe Lake road west of (Sorry, that's Rt 30), paddling on Horseshoe Lake, Lows Lake, Hitchens Pond.

For all the free primitive sites, I’d time arrivals for early in the week as the sites fill up quick.
 

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If you find your way in or close to Old Forge there are flow trails coming down from McCauley Mountain, you could ride some of the hiking trails around Bub and Sis lake and off course the snow mobile trails if the brush is low.
 

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Great singletrack in the Saranac Lake/Lake Placid/Wilmington/Elizabethtown region- check out betatrails.org. Lots of camping to be sure, but I don't know how much of it is accessed by 4WD. What I know of is roadside or accessed by trail or by paddling. Good luck with your search!
 

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A little late here so apologies if you're already out in the woods somewhere. If not, you might want to consider 13th Lake in North River. There are a bunch of primitive campsites and you can definitely paddle there. The lake is protected so there's basically no development on the water and no powerboats allowed. Some of the campsites are pretty remote and directly on the water. You cannot mountain bike right there but there's a dirt parking lot where you can leave your vehicle & bike. From the lot you can ride about a mile up the road to Garnet Hill which is an XC ski resort that is open for mountain biking all summer. You can also drive about 10 minutes to North Creek Ski Bowl which has a small but awesome bike park, or Gore Mountain which has lift service DH. West Mountain Bike Park and Gurney Lane are both about 45 minutes away to the south, or you can drive up to Wilmington for the day (about 90 minutes). It's pretty central to a lot of good biking and there's also miles of good hiking right there.
 
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