In the 1930s over 6,000 acres from 76 tracts of land in the northern part of New York State was acquired by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, and developed under the WPA, (Work Progress Administration project). More than 300 men trimmed underbrush, and built approximately 14 miles of road.
The land was then transferred to The War Department on July 1, 1939. That year the largest peacetime war games were held on those acres. Then on April 28, 1947 the property was signed over to The People of the State of New York.
Ten years later the NYS Dept. of Conservation opened a campsite at Macomb Reservation. In 1968, 700 of the original acres were transferred to NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.
This campground is north of the Adirondack Park in Clinton County. Consequently, it is often overlooked in favor of the more known state campgrounds within the "Blue Line" of the official Adirondacks... Last Thursday I began camping at Macomb, expecting to stay for three nights. I found it so enjoyable that I have extended my stay for seven more nights!
The forest is predominately Red Pine, Maple and Birch, with sandy soil.
What would a camping trip be without a campfire?
The night of this campfire good friends stopped by for a glass of wine, conversation and laughter,... it doesn't get any better!