About the Adirondacks

Experience the centuries-old tradition of outdoor exploration and adventure in the Adirondacks of Northern New York
Hurrican Mt weathered granite
About The Adirondacks

Hurrican Mt weathered granite

Johnathan Esper | www.wildernessphotographs.com

From the early 19th century, the deep woods, lakes and mountains of the Adirondacks have beguiled empresses, inspired railroad tycoons and offered solace to poets, painters and authors. Spanning an astounding six million acres, the Adirondack Regions beckon each new generation to discover what it means to become part of an adventure story centuries in the making.

Year-Round Adventure in the Adirondacks

One of the nation's few mountain areas with extensive lake access, the Adirondacks offer a unique wilderness destination experience, so that from your first visit to every return thereafter, each journey holds the promise of new adventures.

Thousands of miles of Adirondack waterways provide endless adventure on the water, from ultimate wilderness canoeing and kayaking, to windsurfing, sailing and trophy bass fishing on the Adirondack Coast of Lake Champlain. Paddle the pristine backcountry waterways of the Adirondack Wild, or explore the Adirondack Lakes Region vast network of lakes, rivers and ponds.

From the foothills of the Lake George Region, to distant peaks near the Canadian border, the Adirondack Mountains dominate the skyline. Boasting one of the largest hiking trail systems in the country – including the Lake Placid Region's outstanding 46 High Peaks Wilderness, hiking trailheads are plentiful and easy to find.

The Adirondacks Tug Hill Region is renowned as an ATV destination – where miles of back country trails wind through wild forests and rural farmland.

Six Million Acres - The Forever Wild Park

The Adirondack Region is one of the most diverse destinations on the East Coast, offering unparalleled outdoor recreation throughout its dazzling lakes, wild mountains, and charming towns and villages. Established in 1892 by the State of New York amid concerns for the water and timber resources of the region, the Adirondack Park today covers an area larger in size than New England, and more expansive than Yosemite, Yellowstone, Glacier, Grand Canyon and the Great Smokies National Parks combined, and is the largest park in the lower 48 states.

The boundary of the park, known as the Blue Line, can be found etched on historic records and clearly defined on modern maps. Encompassing millions of acres of public, constitutionally protected forest preserve, as well as privately owned land, the park – in a word – is epic.

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