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    Fourpeaks camps aren't cheap cabins like a roadside cabin colony. Fourpeaks camps aren't cheap cabins like a roadside cabin colony. Fourpeaks camps aren't cheap cabins like a roadside cabin colony. Fourpeaks camps aren't cheap cabins like a roadside cabin colony. Fourpeaks is NOT like tent camping. Fourpeaks is NOT a campground with lots of folks. Winter vacation at The Cabin. CLICK HERE for a tour of our backcountry camps! Fireplace at The Cabin. CLICK HERE for a tour of our backcountry camps!

    Fourpeaks Adirondack Backcountry Cabins
    (What they're like & What they're NOT LIKE!)

    Fourpeaks never has many visitors. It's private. Like Camp David. (Photo of FDR who built Camp David. He called it 'Shangri-La.') They're like FDR's Camp David, the presidential getaway, a very big forest property for very few people to enjoy. They're like the famous 19thC.Adirondack Great Camps. Built with all natural materials and authentic Adirondack furnishings. Our backcountry cabins with Authentic Adirondack furnishings are traditional Adirondack Great Camps. (Camp Litchfield Hall, Tupper Lake region.) CLICK & GO!  (On this page.)  They're Not like those roadside/lakeside cabin colonies.    They're Not like forest leanto's, trekking huts or any kind of tent camping.   They're Not like a campground or just camping anywhere with no privacy at all.   About Camp David, the president's mountain getaway.   Guest Notes:   "we could hike the property feeling that we were on our own private refuge."    "The views at the cabin and from the mountain tops were beautiful."    "I'd rather continue tent camping and Ed wants a cabin."(An Email Exchange.)   (On the next page.)   10 Best Visitor Information Pages. (Quick Index.)

    President Roosevelt with Eleanor Roosevelt relaxing at Camp David. Like Camp David, the President's Rustic Retreat in the hills of Maryland, Fourpeaks is a BIG piece of recreational real estate for very few people to enjoy. A prime 700-acre mountain valley in the scenic grandeur of the High Peaks heart of New York's 6 million-acre Adirondack Park, it's just for you and a few other Fourpeaks guests. Fourpeaks is total Privacy. A respite from urban business, a restful experience you will remember with pleasure.
    If you like to get away from crowds, Fourpeaks is your kind of place. [CLICK HERE for more about FDR and Camp David, the president's mountain getaway.]

    Our backcountry cabins with Authentic Adirondack furnishings are traditional Adirondack Great Camps. (Camp Litchfield Hall, Tupper Lake region.) Like the famous Adirondack Great Camps of the 19th century, they were built in a deep forest, making it an adventure to get there and be there. Like the Great Camps, they're "off-the-grid," beyond the telephone poles and paved roads of modern life. Built with no thought about the practicality or the cost of building, furnishing and maintaining them so far into the wilderness, they're where they are for the trees, the rich animal life and the mountains that surround them--an exclusive getaway that will never be experienced by many. If you relish a retreat into the natural world, Fourpeaks is for you! (CLICK HERE for more about the Adirondack Great Camps.)

    What they're NOT like and why.
    Fourpeaks camps aren't cheap cabins like a roadside cabin colony. A cabin colony of cheap roadside cabins cute but very close together. A cabin colony of cheap roadside cabins cute but very close together. A cabin colony of cheap roadside cabins cute but very close together. A cabin colony of cheap roadside cabins cute but very close together. A cabin colony of cheap roadside cabins cute but very close together. A cabin colony of cheap roadside cabins cute but very close together.


     They're NOT like a cabin colony, lakeside/roadside cabins that are strung along all in a row or placed close together in a limited area--with less space around them than a suburban backyard. Each Fourpeaks Camp is secluded in it's own private setting, far apart from one another (average distance 1/4 mile!) with pretty porches and beautiful views. None of them are alike--each one has its own story and reason for being. And each is attractively decorated in the true Adirondack Camp style. If you're looking for more than a roof over your head--Fourpeaks may be your kind of place!

    Fourpeaks is NOT like tent camping. They're NOT like the leantos, trekking huts or tent camping on government land where just anybody can come in and nobody takes care of the place. Fourpeaks camps are like the old-time farmhouses that were on the Fourpeaks property years ago. Built lovingly by hand, small but complete for living in year-round, with every utensil and article of furniture that you could possibly need. The kitchens are full size. The beds are new and comfortable. And each Fourpeaks cabin is located right on our private hiking/walking trails--no crowds to spoil your experience. If you crave a wilderness place with comfort and style, Fourpeaks is your kind of place!

    Fourpeaks is NOT a campground with lots of folks. They're NOT like a campground, or any other kind of camping where there are lots of people around. No big, friendly campfires here at Fourpeaks. There's no one to come to them, and (besides) fires outdoors are not allowed (except for the charcoal grill). Fourpeaks cabins are separate from one another--spread out on a big 700-acre mountain property, not all crowded together in the same place. At Fourpeaks you live in a comfortable, well-decorated secluded cabin with antiques, a fireplace or woodstove, and a full kitchen with every utensil you could possible need. If you like your backcountry/wilderness without a lot of other folks around to spoil it for you, Fourpeaks is your kind of place!



    #0225 "we could hike the property feeling that we were on our own private refuge."
    Subject: Guestbook Entry
    Date : 8/7/2002
    Time : 5:23 PM
    Name : Nello M*******
    Email : njm***@aol.com
    Location : Clay NY USA
    Comments : We really enjoyed our stay at The Cabin. We also
    enjoyed the fact that we could hike throughout the property while feeling
    that we were on our own private refuge. The views were beautiful. We plan on
    another visit as soon as we can. Perfect place to vacation with your dog!

    #0314 "The views at the cabin and from the mountain tops were beautiful."
    Subject: Re: Your Fourpeaks visit 08/26/00 to New Camp
    Date: Thu, 14 Sep 2000 19:05:35 EDT
    From: Buck****@aol.com
    To: VisitUs@4peaks.com
    Dear Martin,
    i was very happy at 4 peaks and New Camp. i think jeff was too.
    'it was a very peaceful and exertion filled week. new camp was peaceful.
    hiked 4 peaks and taller peaks. that was exertion. the views at the cabin
    and from the mountain tops were beautiful. jeff and i quit smoking on the
    trip. nicotine patches saved us from having urges to kill each other.
    well, maybe i wanted to when we were looking for the jay mountain herd trail and
    he ignored my guidance. i'm off the patch now, smoke free.... thank you for a
    wonderful setting in which to rejuvenate. i hope to visit you again. pat
    ps apple date butter was dilicious on the biscuits. no kiddin.
    what ever was the deal with the green bug and ridge camp?


    CLICK HERE for all about Adirondack Great Camps, history and tradition. (Interior: Ridge Camp  at Fourpeaks, Jay, NY. Authentic furnishings, secluded, great High Peaks views.) Adirondack Great Camps. "Adventures in the Wilderness."
    Renewed interest in the Adirondacks has resulted in an estimated 10 million visitors during the past several years. The vision of a "wilderness retreat" seems to have the same fascination for twenty-first-century vacationers as it did a century ago.
    CLICK HERE for Adirondack Great Camps, a magazine article about "Adventures in the Wilderness," the 19th C. Great Camps, and Fourpeaks.

    Fourpeaks never has many visitors. It's private. Like Camp David. (Photo of FDR who built Camp David. He called it 'Shangri-La.') President Roosevelt with Eleanor Roosevelt relaxing at Camp David. Camp David. (Formerly "Shangri-La") Located 70 miles from the White House in the Catoctin Mountains of Maryland, Camp David was established in 1942 as a place for the President to relax and entertain. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt wanted to escape the summer heat of Washington, D.C., and the higher altitude of the Camp provided cool breezes and good security. President Roosevelt called the Camp "Shangri-La" after the mountain kingdom in James Hilton's book Lost Horizon. It was renamed Camp David in 1953 by President Eisenhower in honor of his grandson.

    The Camp is operated by Navy personnel, and troops from the Marine Barracks in Washington, D.C., provide permanent security. Marine One carries the President during the half-hour helicopter ride from our Nation's capital. Guests at Camp David can enjoy a pool, putting green, driving range, tennis courts, gymnasium, and the many guest cabins -- Dogwood, Maple, Holly, Birch, and Rosebud, to name a few. The presidential cabin is called Aspen Lodge.

    Camp David has been the site of many historic international meetings. It was there, during World War II, that President Franklin Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill planned the Allies' invasion of Europe. Many historical events have occurred at the Presidential Retreat; the planning of the Normandy invasion, Eisenhower-Khrushchev meetings, discussions of the Bay of Pigs, Vietnam War discussions, and many other meetings with foreign dignitaries and guests. President Jimmy Carter chose the site for the meeting of Middle East leaders that led to the Camp David Accords between Israel and Egypt.

    Camp David continues to serve as the Presidential Retreat. It is a private, secluded place for recreation, contemplation, rest, and relaxation. Maintaining the privacy and secluded atmosphere of the retreat is an important role for Catoctin Mountain Park. The Presidential Retreat still remains within park boundaries but is not open to the public. It is a place where presidents can relax, unwind, contemplate, entertain distinguished guests in an informal setting, and cope with the pressures of modern day society.

    The Presidential retreat is not open or accessible to the public, but the eastern hardwood forest of Catoctin Mountain Park has many other attractions for visitors: camping, picnicking, fishing, 25 miles of hiking trails, scenic mountain vistas, all await exploration.

    Catoctin Mountain Park was originally submarginal land purchased by the government in 1936, to be developed into a recreational facility. The facility was to demonstrate how rough terrain and eroded soil could be turned into productive land again. The New Deal's Works Progress Administration, WPA, began the work in the newly created Catoctin Recreational Demonstration Area, joined by the Civilian Conservation Crops, CCC, in 1939. Camp Misty Mount was first used by the Maryland League for Crippled Children. After the first year, the League moved to a second camp in 1938, Camp Greentop, because Camp Misty Mount's terrain was difficult to negotiate in a wheelchair. A third camp, Camp Hi-Catoctin, was completed in the winter of 1938-1939 and was used for three years as a family camp for federal employees.

    President Franklin D. Roosevelt was accustomed to seeking relief from hot Washington, D.C. summers and relaxing on weekends, aboard the presidential yacht "Potomac" or at Hyde Park, NY. In 1942 the U.S. Secret Service were very concerned about the President's continued use of the "Potomac." World War II had brought an attack on Pearl Harbor and German U boats close in Atlantic waters. Presidential safety was a concern and Presidential health was also a concern. The muggy climate of Washington, D.C., was considered detrimental to his health, affecting his sinuses. A new retreat, a place to relax, within a 100 mile radius of Washington, D.C. and in the cool mountain air was sought. Several sites were considered but Camp Hi-Catoctin in the Catoctin Recreational Demonstration Area was selected after the President's first visit on April 22, 1942. A camp was already built on the site and the estimated conversion cost was $18,650. It was also almost 10 degrees cooler than Washington. The camp for federal employee's families became the camp of one federal employee, the President of the United States. Roosevelt quickly renamed the camp to "Shangri-La" from James Hilton's 1933 novel, Lost Horizon.

    At the close of World War II, there was some debate over the future of Shangri-La. Should it be returned to the National Park Service? Should it be maintained as a national shrine or monument? Should it be transferred to the Maryland State Forest and Park System as was the original plan of the demonstration area? In 1952 Truman approved a compromise under which the land north of Maryland Route 77 would remain Catoctin Mountain Park operated by the National Park Service and the land south of Maryland Route 77 would become Cunningham Falls State Park. The official transfer took effect in 1954. President Eisenhower renamed the retreat, after he took office in 1953, "Camp David," after his grandson.
    I'd rather continue tent camping and Ed wants a cabin.
    "I'd rather continue tent camping and Ed wants a cabin." (An Email Exchange.)

    Date: Tue, 23 May 2006 21:36:03 -0700
    From: Diane Ko**** basic***@adelphia.net
    To: martin@4peaks.com
    Hi! We are thinking about a vacation in your area--my
    first--and I have three questions. I'm a tent camper but three years
    ago I agreed to a cabin at Alheganny state park in NY. It was
    horrible--spiders, bed bugs--we were covered in bites within a day
    and one of our dogs had a severe allergic reaction to all the bites.
    So, I'd rather continue tent camping and Ed wants a cabin. I'm gun
    shy. What would I expect at your cabins?
    And we are looking at something late June or July. What's the better
    time?
    And, if we make reservations, what do you need as a deposit?
    Thanks, Diane

    Subject: I'd rather continue tent camping and Ed wants a cabin.
    Date: Wed, 24 May 2006 08:32:59 -0400 (EDT)
    From: "Martin (Your Adirondack Guide)"
    To: basic***@adelphia.net
    Diane--
    Thanks for your email. LOOK FOR a response to your questions
    and some comments INTERLEAVED IN CAPS BELOW.
    Hi! We are thinking about a vacation in your area--my
    first--and I have three questions. I'm a tent camper

    TENT CAMPING IS THE CHEAPEST AND YOU HAVE YOUR OWN CLEAN GEAR. WHY SWITCH?
    WHAT'S ED'S PROBLEM?
    but three years ago I agreed to a cabin at Alheganny state park in NY. It
    was horrible--spiders, bed bugs--we were covered in bites within a day
    and one of our dogs had a severe allergic reaction to all the bites.

    WHAT WOULD YOU EXPECT IN A PUBLIC CABIN THAT NOBODY CARES FOR? SUCH CABINS
    ARE FOR COLLEGE BEER PARTIES AND THE LIKE NOT FOR PRIVATE GETAWAYS.
    So, I'd rather continue tent camping and Ed wants a cabin. I'm gun shy.
    FIND A NICE CLEAN CAMPGROUND. CHAIN CAMPGROUNDS LIKE KOA ARE THE SAFEST BUT STATE
    CAMPGROUNDS ARE PRETTIER THOUGH LACKING IN AMENITIES.
    TENT CAMPING IS THE CHEAPEST AND YOU HAVE YOUR OWN CLEAN GEAR. WHY SWITCH?
    What would I expect at your cabins?
    VERY PRIVATE AND PRETTY AND WELL-CARED FOR. FULL KITCHENS WITH COMPLETE
    DISHES, UTENSILES, ETC. MOUNTAIN VIEWS, SECLUDED LOCATIONS.
    BUT TOO EXPENSIVE, NOT WORTH THE MONEY FOR YOU.
    TENT CAMPING IS THE CHEAPEST AND YOU HAVE YOUR OWN CLEAN GEAR. WHY SWITCH?
    (LOOK FOR SEPARATE EMAIL WITH RENTAL OFFER AS AN EXAMPLE.)
    > > And we are looking at something late June or July. What's the better time?
    I LIKE 'EM BOTH. JUNE IS BETTER AND LESS CROWDED IF YOU WANT TO CHECK OUT
    THE TOURIST TRAPS, T-SHIRT PARLORS AND SHOPPING.
    > > And, if we make reservations, what do you need as a deposit?
    DON'T THINK ABOUT THAT.
    > > Thanks, > > Diane
    BEST WISHES, MARTIN
    PS I ENJOYED GETTING YOUR FUN EMAIL. I HOPE MY RESPONSE IS HELPFUL.
    TENT CAMPING IS THE CHEAPEST AND YOU HAVE YOUR OWN CLEAN GEAR. WHY SWITCH?
    WHAT'S ED'S PROBLEM?

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