Adirondack Mountains

Discover the Adirondacks Unique Beauty, Diverse Ecology and Historic Legacy
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 of the High Peaks region.

Colin D. Young
Red Sunset at Blue Mountain Lake
Janet McNally
Gothics

Gothics from Saddleback.

Brian Bledsoe

Just a few hours north of New York City, the Adirondack Mountains offer an outdoor paradise. These mountains lie within the Adirondack Park and contain 85 percent of the entire wilderness in the Eastern United States – representing the largest area of its kind east of the Mississippi River. Pristine and expansive, the Adirondacks' mountains and rivers have inspired generations of outdoorsmen to hike, paddle and play in nature.

Spanning over six million acres in Northern New York – an area larger than the entire state of Vermont – the Adirondack Mountains boast more than 2,000 miles of hiking trails, over 3,000 lakes and ponds and 1,200 miles of rivers. Adirondack geology indicates that the mountains are relatively young, and it is theorized that there is a "hotspot" beneath the region, which causes continued uplift at the rate of 1.5-3 cm annually.

Deemed "Forever Wild" by the New York State Legislature in 1894, the roughly 3 million acres of public land offers vast stretches of unspoiled habitat where a variety of wildlife species flourish. Part of the Eastern forest boreal transition eco-region, the Adirondacks also boast a plethora of native plants and wildflowers.

From the shores of Lake Champlain, to the tallest ridge of the Tug hill Plateau, the Adirondack Mountains offer an astonishing natural paradise filled with possibility for adventure in every season.

 

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