Jones Pond

State Forest

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Jones Pond Rd.
Vermontville, NY 12989

GPS: 44.4567, -74.1881

Last Price Paid: $0
Number of Sites: 7
Open Seasonally: Yes
Max Stay: 14
Tent Camping: Yes

Accessibility is not guaranteed, always scout ahead before driving down dirt roads.
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You may stay up to 3 days without a permit, and up to 14 days with a permit from a forest ranger

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Margot Bai
Toronto, ON, Canada
17 Taylor Coach Nik Nat
2012 Honda Odyssey
77 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 6
Site Number: 1

Margot Bai would stay here again

“Free dispersed camping with no services adjacent to a boat launch in the Adirondacks”

Reviewed Mar 14, 2017

Overall Rating

Jones pond is a small shallow lake with a dirt boat launch area right off a paved road in the Adirondacks in New York State. There is one site right across from the boat launch area that is RV accessible, the rest are down a rutted dirt road only suitable for pickup trucks. Beware that the boat launch area is right at the apex of a curve in the road - backing in could put you at risk of being hit by traffic coming around the bend unless you put a spotter down the road to flag traffic.

Site 1 is beautiful, surrounded by a coniferous forest and with water access at the boat launch. The base is pine needles over dirt, some tree roots but relatively level and not too bumpy. We had some trees to drive around but were just barely able to U-turn through it with our minivan/small trailer combo. It could be tricky for larger rigs. We were able to stay 3 nights without registering or getting a permit but you can stay longer if you get a permit. We stayed here twice: both times the spot was available, in August and September 2015.

People do come and go for launching small boats/canoes/kayaks and to access the sites farther back down the rutted dirt road. Also it is adjacent to a paved road so there is some traffic noise as well. Cell signal was weak for us on our Canadian plans. The Paul Smith College Visitor Information Centre is just 7 miles away north up Hwy 30 with bathrooms, small garbage and recycling bins, free wifi, a butterfly house and many miles of beautiful hiking trails. We also got out on Jones Pond in a canoe and spotted bald eagles soaring overhead and a pair of loons.

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  • fishing
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