Discover Adirondack Recreation...
The Adirondack Park is a six million acre playground of endless outdoor recreation - bigger than Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Great Smokeys, Yellowstone, and Glacier national parks ... combined! Over 2,000 miles of hiking trails, 3,000 lakes and ponds and 1,200 miles of rivers are waiting for you. Begin planning your next outdoor adventure right now and discover the amazing recreation opportunities the Park has to offer.
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Whitney Mountain
Whitney Mountain
Sunset view over the Lake Placid region.
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Mt. Colden with Canola Plants
Adirondack Plants and Wildflowers
Panoramic view of Mt. Colden, Mt. Jo and Wright Peak with a large field of yellow Canola plants in the foreground in the High Peaks region.
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Heart Lake Shoreline
Sunrise at Heart Lake
Sunrise at the Heart Lake shoreline with High Peaks in the distance.
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Mt Jo Summit
Overlooking Heart Lake
Mt Jo Summit overlooking Heart Lake.
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The Adirondacks of Northern New York

In the Adirondack Region of Northern New York spring is a time of transformation, when the days lengthen and ice and snow melt into rushing whitewater on the Hudson River, and migratory instincts kick in for boreal birds flocking home to the six-million-acre Adirondack Park. This spring, go fishing for trout and salmon when the season opens on April 1, and experience the wilderness that redefines what it means to be "Forever Wild."

Whitewater Rafting the Hudson River

Home to more than 3,000 lakes, ponds, rivers and streams, it's impossible to escape the melodic sound of water as it cascades, flows and meanders across the Adirondack Region. In spring, melting ice and snow flow from high in the mountains to streams and rivers below, creating ideal conditions for the East Coast's "Big Water" rafting season. From early April through late May, go whitewater rafting on the Hudson River's Class IV and V rapids to experience one of the top 10 whitewater rafting trips in the United States.

Adirondack Birding Celebrations: Spring Bird Watching

The Adirondacks are known for their abundance of migrating warblers in breeding plumage. Join birders from around the world for annual Adirondack birding festivals celebrating the return of native boreal species to their Adirondack habitats, and look for Bicknell's Thrush, Black Backed Woodpecker, Spruce Grouse, Grey Jays and many more. Adirondack hiking trails and paddling routes, particularly in remote regions of the park, offer ideal paths for boreal bird watching.

The Adirondack Regions
Adirondack Coast - Plattsburgh
Sail the historic shores of Lake Champlain and experience Adirondack history, from the Battle of Plattsburgh to the Mayor’s Cup Regatta. Fish for bass, visit Ausable Chasm and enjoy winery tours. Adventure awaits on the Adirondack Coast!
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Adirondack Lakes
Explore the Wild Center, tour a castle of ice at the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival or camp on an island. From the slopes of Titus Mountain, to the fairways of the Malone Golf Club, the Adirondack Lakes Region offers year-round adventure on land and water!
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Adirondack Seaway
Dive to sunken shipwrecks, navigate the St. Lawrence River and visit Singer Castle, rising from Dark Island. Discover Akwesasne culture, Frederic Remington’s artistic legacy and waterfall hiking trails. The Adirondack Seaway offers mystery at each turn!
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Adirondack Wild
Discover the Adirondack Museum on the shores of Blue Mountain Lake, join fellow birders for migrations and enjoy the wilderness. Home to Great Camps, Hudson River whitewater rafting & miles of scenic drives – experience the heart of the Adirondack Wild!
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Adirondacks Tug Hill
Race along miles of recreation trails from towering plateau to scenic farmland. Paddle the Black River Canoe Trail, ski Snow Ridge, tour Tug Hill Vineyards and enjoy events like the Cream Cheese Festival. Live deeply and connect in the Tug Hill Region!
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Lake George Region
As the southern gateway to the Adirondack Region, this area showcases an unforgettable collaboration of mountain air, hometown flair, unparalleled wilderness, historic landmarks, and one of the largest collections of America’s cleanest bodies of water.
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Lake Placid
Conquer the greatest vertical drop in the east at Whiteface Mountain, summit High Peaks and enjoy epic competitions year-round. From family-friendly festivals to quiet lakes and landmark events – discover the stunning beauty of the Lake Placid Region!
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