FourPeaks Adirondack Backcountry Camps in New York
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Contact: Martin Schwalbaum

Accommodations: 8

Address: Stonehouse Road, Jay, New York 12941 USA

Telephone: 518-524-6726

Activities/Attractions: The Adirondack Park was created in 1892 by the State of New York and today is the largest publicly protected area in the contiguous United States, greater in size than Yellowstone, Everglades, Glacier, and Grand Canyon National Park combined.

The boundary of the Park encompasses approximately 6 million acres, nearly half of which belongs to all the people of New York State and is constitutionally protected to remain "forever wild" forest preserve. The remaining half of the Park is private land which includes settlements, farms, timber lands, businesses, homes, and camps.

The Adirondack region boasts over 3,000 lakes, 30,000 miles of rivers and streams, and a wide variety of habitats, including globally unique wetland types and old growth forests. About 130,000 people live here year round in its 105 towns and villages.

The harmonious blend of private and public lands give the Adirondacks a diversity found nowhere else – a diversity of open space and recreational lands, of wildlife and flora, of mountains and meadows, and people of all walks of life. Enjoy:

  • swimming, fishing
  • biking, canoeing, boating
  • museums, nature centers
  • shopping, food
  • restaurants, beer & wine in the nearby High Peaks and the greater Lake Champlain Region
  • outdoor activities
  • educational activities
  • sports
  • tourist attractions
  • rainy day things to do

"Thank you for the best week we've had in years! Fourpeaks is the most beautiful bit of untouched land we've ever seen. We're so glad you're keeping it that way, and we intend to try and visit every year ... What a wonderful week we had getting away from the world ... We were sorry to have to leave. We have so many pictures, and I promise to scan some in to share with you this week. The dogs were exhausted at the end of every day, and so were we! We can't wait to come back and see all the other sites we missed. As always, so much to do so little time, unfortunately."

"The simplicity & silence was a joy. The magnificent show of stars, constellations, planets & galaxies gave a sense of coming home. Very comfortable, nicely furnished, cozy camp just what we were looking for. And the echo off the mountains, incredible. "Solitude begets exhilaration." Thanks again."


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"We all enjoyed our weekend at Ridge Camp! (Oct.10-13) What a beautiful weekend! Couldn't ask for better weather. It was such a great experience. Some day we would like to return."

"Our stay at Wolf's Nest was absolutely idyllic. We visited in mid-October and enjoyed brilliant fall foliage and fabulous weather. Our cabin was comfortable, with personal touches that made us feel especially snug. We hiked daily, catching sight of a jackrabbit, and seeing scores of geese on their way south. We settled in to the serene rhythms of nature. And we made biscuits - dozens of them! I especially loved the marmalade. Now, back in the city, the sight of a tree branch or a rare moment of quiet sends me right back to Wolf's Nest, and I am content. We will be back!"

General Information: Welcome to FourPeaks Adirondack Backcountry Camps ... ideal vacation places from which to explore the abundant natural beauty of the Adirondacks in New York - offering 6 Private Cabins on 700 acres with 4 mountains. Enjoy a wilderness vacation in the High Peaks of New York's 6 million acre Adirondack Park - the largest
controlled use recreation area in the East.

Miles away from commercial tourism, in a hidden valley at the end of a one-lane dirt road, Fourpeaks backcountry cabins are ideal vacation places from which to explore the abundant natural beauty of the Adirondacks. Each camp is architecturally unique, all natural building materials, tucked away in its own secluded wilderness setting with lots of open space all around. Enjoyable housekeeping with complete kitchen, fireplace, comfortable old furniture and rugs. No commercial tourist junk here ... a vacation you won't soon forget!

  • Secluded settings on our private hiking/skiing trails
  • For quiet walks away from it all
  • A nature retreat or just R&R
  • Each cabin in its own secluded setting with full kitchen, fireplace and authentic Adirondack furnishings
  • We are also pet-friendly
  • AuSable River swimming/floating/fishing
  • Romantic getaways
  • Private nature retreats

Payment Accepted: Visa, MasterCard.

Rates: (Prices quoted in US Dollars).

$325-600/double/3 days
$650-1200/double/week


"FourPeaks was gorgeous, Mom. Martin, the owner, was a very sweet man who wanted us to see the beauty in this 700-acre property he built over the last 30 years. We stayed in the New Barn with all the amenities but as we walked around the property we met people staying in cabins in the backcountry of the place, spots with names like “Gypsy Camp,” and “Ridge Camp.” Dianna and Jeannette talked about wanting to come back next year and stay in one of the more rustic cabins ... Just know that we three had a very special vacation and we are very thankful to Martin and Louise (and son) for working so hard and making such a beautiful place."

"Wolf's Nest will always seem like a home away from home to us. we were only there a few days but it was so restful and serene and inviting that it felt like our own secret place. and there was even a pump shower! what fun! We also spent one night at Gypsy, which was beautiful ... Mars was at its closest point ever and we watched it all night as it traversed the sky. it is incredible to know that such a special place exists only 5 hours from Manhattan. thanks Martin for the wonderful time - you are the greatest host."

"Ted and I had a great time, Woody too. I loved Ridge and can't wait to return. I think you have a great place. I loved the quiet. Even hauling water was fun. I took a shower and loved every step of the process, heating the water, filling the little shower pump and washing down. In the words of Arnold S. in The Terminator, 'I'll be back'."

"We no doubt will return next summer. I want to use my new kayak a lot, so we might do some lake camping as well."