In 1892 the state of New York created Adirondack Park. It had a mountainous landscape, tons of wild life, waterways, forests and of course the Adirondack Mountains. This land was perfect for conservation or cultivation and is on the edge of deforestation.
In the 1800’s one of the biggest concerns was clear cutting, however, in 1894 the Adirondack forest preserve was created which protect forever wild area. Out of the 6 million acres the state owns 2.6 million area of the Adirondack Park leaving 3.4 million acres privately owned.
In this region there is a publicly protected area that is the largest in the U.S. that is home to over 100 towns and villages. The Adirondack Park is a state park, however, with the mix of private and public land it allows for civilization to thrive.
Adirondack Park has the largest protected wilderness area that is east of the Mississippi. It is larger than Yosemite, glacier, Yellowstone Canyon New England and the Great Smokies national parks combined.
There are seven distinct regions within the Adirondacks which are Lake George region, the Adirondack wild, Adirondack lakes, Adirondack coast, Adirondacks-tughill, lake placid region and the Adirondack seaway.
With 3,000 ponds, lakes and 30,000 miles of streams and rivers there are mountains and water as far as the eye can see. The waterways are primal, vast and wild and are the ultimate destination for kayaking and canoeing. There are 46 mountains in Adirondack Park that are commonly known as High Peaks.
Towering over 5,000 feet about High Peaks is Mount Mercy and is the highest point in the state of New York. Adirondack park has thousands of miles of hiking trails that every level of hiker is bound to love.
Every trail is handicap accessible so that all visitors can experience the wilderness. To catch a glimpse of the rich history of the Adirondacks visit blue mountain lake Adirondack museum. If you want to know more about the geology and the environment of the park you can visit the Natural History Museum located in beautiful Tupper Lake.
Adirondack Park is known for have the best outdoor recreation, however the park also offers a unique and authentic wilderness experience just hours from Boston, New York City, Montreal, Burlington and Iowa the Adirondacks is the perfect family vacation spot.