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A Family-Friendly Getaway: Review of ADK’s Adirondak Loj & Wilderness Campground on Heart Lake

A Family-Friendly Getaway: Review of ADK’s Adirondak Loj & Wilderness Campground on Heart Lake

WHERE: The Adirondak Loj & Wilderness Campground at Heart Lake, Lake Placid, NY

1002 Adirondack Loj Road
Lake Placid, NY 12946-0867

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RESERVATIONS: 518-523-3441

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I know I have posted here and there about this place, but it’s time for a full-on review and tour. Because we love it that much! So this post will feature a few of our stays and experiences at this property, and in the next couple of posts, I’ll feature some of the nearby attractions….although you can stay pretty busy without ever leaving this amazing place!

I will start by saying that this is a place to bring your utmost respect for the beautiful wilderness area you are visiting. ADK’s foremost purpose is to preserve and protect the beautiful Adirondack Park. Please be mindful of the hard work done by the many ADK staff and volunteers, so we all can enjoy this vast and incredible wilderness, every time we visit. Thank you!

The ADK staff and volunteers you will encounter throughout your visit are not only some of the friendliest folks around, they are also extremely knowledgeable about the park, the trails, the plants and wildlife, and everything else Adirondack. So, if you find yourself wondering about something, do yourself a huge favor and ask someone!

THE ADIRONDAK LOJ AT HEART LAKE – FACILITIES & AMENITIES:

The Adirondak Loj at Heart Lake is a rustic bed and breakfast with a mix of private rooms, family bunk rooms,  and a shared loft.

Private rooms have either double beds or two twin beds.

One of the private rooms at the Adirondak Loj at Heart Lake, Lake Placid, NY, Adirondacks
One of the private rooms at the Adirondak Loj at Heart Lake, Lake Placid, NY, Adirondacks

Family bunk rooms sleep 4 or 6 people, and unless you reserve all of the bunks in the room, you may have roommates.

Can't remember if this was a 4 or 6-person bunkroom at the Adirondak Loj at Heart Lake, Lake Placid, NY, Adirondacks
Can’t remember if this was a 4 or 6-person bunkroom at the Adirondak Loj at Heart Lake, Lake Placid, NY, Adirondacks

The co-ed Loft is the least expensive of their accommodations, with 10 or 12 beds (I can’t remember for sure).

Dora, ready for bed in the Loft bunkroom (notice the ear plugs...they offer them...use them!) at the Adirondak Loj at Heart Lake, Lake Placid, NY, Adirondacks
Dora, ready for bed in the Loft bunkroom (notice the ear plugs…they offer them…use them!) at the Adirondak Loj at Heart Lake, Lake Placid, NY, Adirondacks

There are shared restrooms with showers. Facilities and rooms are rustic but super clean.

Your stay at the Loj includes their amazing and hearty family-style breakfast, served daily from 7:15-8:15am. You can also request a trail lunch, which includes sandwiches, GORP, a Marcy Bar, and fruit. If you think you will be done exploring in time, sign up for dinner as well before you head out on the trails – their meals never disappoint! Dinner is served from 6:15pm-7:15pm so plan your day accordingly if you do want to experience their amazing fare!

The awesome breakfast included with your stay at the Adirondak Loj at Heart Lake, Lake Placid, NY, Adirondacks
The awesome breakfast included with your stay at the Adirondak Loj at Heart Lake, Lake Placid, NY, Adirondacks

There is wifi at the Loj, but service is spotty. With all there is to do at the Loj, hiking, paddling, or just sitting and talking to the many wonderful people you will meet gathered around the fire in the Great Room, I very rarely even think to take my phone out!

Chris relaxing in the Great Room of the Adirondack Loj in Lake Placid, NY, Adirondacks
Chris relaxing in the Great Room of the Adirondack Loj in Lake Placid, NY, Adirondacks
Me by the fire in the Great Room of the Adirondack Loj in Lake Placid, NY, Adirondacks
Me by the fire in the Great Room of the Adirondack Loj in Lake Placid, NY, Adirondacks

THE WILDERNESS CAMPGROUND AT HEART LAKE – FACILITIES & AMENITIES:

ADK’s Wilderness Campground at Heart Lake is also an option, and one you should consider if you love sleeping outdoors! There are tent sites, lean to’s, and canvas cabins available by reservation. All sites have a picnic table and fire ring. During the warmer months, there are composting toilets and a campground bathroom facility with showers, but during the cold months, you have to walk to the High Peaks Information Center for those facilities (it’s not far).

You can ask to sign up for the Loj breakfast, if the Loj is not full, they will happily add you to the headcount. You can also sign up to receive a trail lunch, or have dinner at the Loj as well! See above for those details. The Loj also sells local beers and wines if you just want to relax for a while in the Great Room by the fire after a long day of exploring, before you head to your camp for the night. I definitely encourage you to do so!

Chris getting a morning campfire going after a late November lean to campout at ADK's Wilderness Campground on Heart Lake, Adirondacks, Lake Placid, NY
Chris getting a morning campfire going after a late November lean to campout at ADK’s Wilderness Campground on Heart Lake, Adirondacks, Lake Placid, NY
A tent campsite at ADK's Wilderness Campground at Heart Lake.
A tent campsite at ADK’s Wilderness Campground at Heart Lake.
Mmmmm...campfire dinner while lean to camping in the Winter at ADK's Wilderness Campground at Heart Lake.
Mmmmm…campfire dinner while lean to camping in the Winter at ADK’s Wilderness Campground at Heart Lake.
Ready for some Winter fun! Lean to camping in the Winter at ADK's Wilderness Campground at Heart Lake.
Ready for some Winter fun! Lean to camping in the Winter at ADK’s Wilderness Campground at Heart Lake.
The EASTER BUNNY came to the Lean to!! Easter Egg hunt and lean to camping in the Winter at ADK's Wilderness Campground at Heart Lake.
The EASTER BUNNY came to the Lean to!! Easter Egg hunt and lean to camping in the Winter at ADK’s Wilderness Campground at Heart Lake.
The EASTER BUNNY came to the Lean to!! Easter Egg hunt and lean to camping in the Winter at ADK's Wilderness Campground at Heart Lake.
The EASTER BUNNY came to the Lean to!! Easter Egg hunt and lean to camping in the Winter at ADK’s Wilderness Campground at Heart Lake.

The Adirondak Loj and the Wilderness Campground are both just a short walk from many of the most popular hiking and cross-country ski trails, including trails to the Adirondack high peaks. You can rent or buy just about any outdoor gear you might need at the High Peaks Information Center and camp store, a short walk from the Loj.

At the High Peaks Information Center, getting ready to climb Wright Peak.
At the High Peaks Information Center, getting ready to climb Wright Peak.

The summit of New York State’s tallest mountain, Mt. Marcy, is about a 7.5-mile (one way!) hike beginning from the parking area at the High Peaks Information Center and camp store. You can also climb three of the four high peaks of the MacIntyre Range (Algonquin, Iroquois, and Wright peaks) from there, and many, many others.

Chris, just steps from the amazing summit of Wright Peak, one of the peaks of the MAcIntyre range in the Adirondacks. A 7-mile round trip from the Adirondak Loj, Lake Placid, NY, Adirondacks
Chris, just steps from the amazing summit of Wright Peak, one of the peaks of the MAcIntyre range in the Adirondacks. A 7-mile round trip from the Adirondak Loj, Lake Placid, NY, Adirondacks
Chris on the summit of Iroquois Peak, a climb you can do from the Adirondak Loj, Adirondacks, Lake Placid, NY
Chris on the summit of Iroquois Peak, a climb you can do from the Adirondak Loj, Adirondacks, Lake Placid, NY
Me close to the summit of Phelps Mt, a climb you can do from the Adirondack Loj, Lake Placid, Adirondacks, NY
Me close to the summit of Phelps Mt, a climb you can do from the Adirondack Loj, Lake Placid, Adirondacks, NY
On the trail to Tabletop Mt., a climb you can do from the Adirondak Loj, Lake Placid, Adirondacks, NY
On the trail to Tabletop Mt., a climb you can do from the Adirondak Loj, Lake Placid, Adirondacks, NY
Me on the summit of Mt. Marcy, the tallest mountain in NY State. A 15-mile round trip hike from the Adirondak Loj, Lake Placid, Adirondacks, NY
Me on the summit of Mt. Marcy, the tallest mountain in NY State. A 15-mile round trip hike from the Adirondak Loj, Lake Placid, Adirondacks, NY

If you are not looking for elevation, but would like to see some spectacular scenery, I highly recommend the 5-mile (one way) hike to Avalanche Lake through Avalanche Pass.

Hiking through Avalanche Pass, a must-do, 10-mile round trip hike which begins at the Adirondak Loj, Lake Placid, Adirondacks, NY
Hiking through Avalanche Pass, a must-do, 10-mile round trip hike which begins at the Adirondak Loj, Lake Placid, Adirondacks, NY
Hiking through Avalanche Pass, a must-do, 10-mile round trip hike which begins at the Adirondak Loj, Lake Placid, Adirondacks, NY
Hiking through Avalanche Pass, a must-do, 10-mile round trip hike which begins at the Adirondak Loj, Lake Placid, Adirondacks, NY
Avalanche Lake via Avalanche Pass, a must-do, 10-mile round trip hike which begins at the Adirondak Loj, Lake Placid, Adirondacks, NY
Avalanche Lake via Avalanche Pass, a must-do, 10-mile round trip hike which begins at the Adirondak Loj, Lake Placid, Adirondacks, NY

If you are bringing little ones and/or looking for something shorter and less strenuous, the trailhead for Mt. Jo is steps from the door of the Loj. This steep but short trail (2-4 miles round trip depending on which trail you choose) will reward you greatly for the effort! For something less steep but a bit longer, take the trail to Marcy Dam and get a stunning view of Mt. Colden and the surrounding peaks. Or just wander around the campground, there is plenty to keep the kiddos entertained!

A beautiful misty morning on Heart Lake at the Adirondak Loj, Lake Placid, NY, Adirondacks
A beautiful misty morning on Heart Lake at the Adirondak Loj, Lake Placid, NY, Adirondacks
The kids will love the chatty red squirrels found all over the campground! ADK's wilderness Campground at Heart Lake, Lake Placid, NY, Adirondacks
The kids will love the chatty red squirrels found all over the campground! ADK’s wilderness Campground at Heart Lake, Lake Placid, NY, Adirondacks
One of many snowshoe hares you will find hopping around the grounds at the Adirondack Loj and Heart Lake Wilderness Campground, Lake Placid, NY, Adirondacks
One of many snowshoe hares you will find hopping around the grounds at the Adirondack Loj and Heart Lake Wilderness Campground, Lake Placid, NY, Adirondacks
Dora on a steeper section of the Mt. Jo trail, a short but steep hike with very rewarding views. The trail starts just steps away from the Adirondak Loj at Heart Lake, Lake Placid, Adirondacks, NY
Dora on a steeper section of the Mt. Jo trail, a short but steep hike with very rewarding views. The trail starts just steps away from the Adirondak Loj at Heart Lake, Lake Placid, Adirondacks, NY
Dora on a steeper section of the Mt. Jo trail, a short but steep hike with very rewarding views. The trail starts just steps away from the Adirondak Loj at Heart Lake, Lake Placid, Adirondacks, NY
Dora on a steeper section of the Mt. Jo trail, a short but steep hike with very rewarding views. The trail starts just steps away from the Adirondak Loj at Heart Lake, Lake Placid, Adirondacks, NY
Dora and me on the summit of Mt. Jo, a short but steep hike with very rewarding views. The trail starts just steps away from the Adirondak Loj at Heart Lake, Lake Placid, Adirondacks, NY
Dora and me on the summit of Mt. Jo, a short but steep hike with very rewarding views. The trail starts just steps away from the Adirondak Loj at Heart Lake, Lake Placid, Adirondacks, NY
There is a trail to hike around Heart Lake if you want a lighter hike. Adirondak Loz, Lake Placid, NY, Adirondacks
There is a trail around Heart Lake if you want a lighter hike. Adirondak Loj, Lake Placid, NY, Adirondacks
Me and Dora on the trail to Marcy Dam, a fun, 5-mile round trip hike with very rewarding views of Mt. Colden. The trail starts just steps away from the Adirondak Loj at Heart Lake, Lake Placid, Adirondacks, NY
Me and Dora on the trail to Marcy Dam, a fun, flattish, 5-mile round trip hike with very rewarding views of Mt. Colden. The trail starts just steps away from the Adirondak Loj at Heart Lake, Lake Placid, Adirondacks, NY
Chris and Dora on the trail to Marcy Dam, a fun, 5-mile round trip hike with very rewarding views of Mt. Colden. The trail starts just steps away from the Adirondak Loj at Heart Lake, Lake Placid, Adirondacks, NY
Chris and Dora on the trail to Marcy Dam, a fun, flattish, 5-mile round trip hike with very rewarding views of Mt. Colden. The trail starts just steps away from the Adirondak Loj at Heart Lake, Lake Placid, Adirondacks, NY
The stunning view of Mt. Colden from the Marcy Dam area. Sadly, the bridge was washed away by hurricane Irene and will not be replaced, but the views here are still not to be missed!
The stunning view of Mt. Colden from the Marcy Dam area. Sadly, the bridge was washed away by hurricane Irene and will not be replaced, but the views here are still not to be missed!

The Loj also rents canoes, kayaks, and SUPs for paddling fun, and during the warmer weather, the beach is open for guests to swim. Your choices are endless and the helpful staff at the Loj desk or the nearby High Peaks Information Center are there to give you expert guidance on the right activities for you.

A family paddling a rental canoe on Heart Lake. The Adirondak Loj rents canoes, kayaks and SUPS!
A family paddling a rental canoe on Heart Lake. The Adirondak Loj rents canoes, kayaks and SUPS!

Check out ADK’s activities, skills workshops, and educational programs while you are there. Having done some myself, I can tell you they are all worthwhile and fun! You can also call ahead to request a customized, guided hike for your group.

On a paddling trip with a few of ADK's amazing staff. This trip was part of a training I did to help monitor our waters for invasive plant species. I learned a ton and had a great time!
On a paddling trip with a few of ADK’s amazing staff. This trip was part of a training I did to help monitor our waters for invasive plant species. I learned a ton and had a great time!
ADK hosts a campfire story night during the summer months at their lakeside ampitheater! Adirondak Loj, Lake Placid, Adirondacks, NY
ADK hosts a campfire story night with s’mores during the summer months at their lakeside ampitheater! Adirondak Loj, Lake Placid, Adirondacks, NY

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WHERE: The Adirondak Loj & Wilderness Campground at Heart Lake, Lake Placid, NY

1002 Adirondack Loj Road
Lake Placid, NY 12946-0867

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RESERVATIONS: 518-523-3441

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