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Adirondack State Park Travel Guide: 65 reviews and 153 photos

A Central Park for the World

Within an easy day's ride of our great city, as steam teaches us to measure distance, is a tract of country fitted to make a Central Park for the world. -

The New York Times editorial, August 9, 1864

"Forever Wild"

Created by the New York State legislature in 1892, the Adirondack Park is HUGE!!! It covers 9,375 square miles, an area more than double the size of Yellowstone and Yosemite National Parks combined. The Park is a mosaic of 2.5 million acres of state-owned Forest Preserve intermingled with 3.5 million acres of private land. The private holdings vary from the vast properties of lumber and pulp companies to the town lots of year-round residents and locally owned businesses. The Adirondack Park is the largest park, federal or state, in the United States outside of Alaska!

In 1894 a state constitutional convention agreed to an amendment to the New York State Constitution containing the "forever wild" clause:

"The lands of the state, now owned or hereafter acquired, constituting the forest preserve as now fixed by law, shall be forever kept as wild forest lands. They shall not be leased, sold or exchanged, or be taken by any corporation, public or private, nor shall the timber thereon be sold, removed, or destroyed."

The Best of the Region

So this area is big, really big! You could roam around here for weeks, in fact.

However, for a quick getaway, my ebst suggestion is to head to the High Peaks area in the heart of the Adirondacks. High Peaks includes Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, and Tupper Lake.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Beautiful, Peaceful and Off the Beaten Track for Many New York Visitors
  • Cons:Very Large, with Key Sites Often 1 Hour or More Apart
  • In a nutshell:The Perfect Outdoor Experience
  • Intro Updated Jul 20, 2006
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  • MikeStarr5's Profile Photo
    Nov 5, 2007 at 3:08 PM

    Your dog would love it where we live "Barking Town" haha -

  • johncudw's Profile Photo
    Oct 10, 2006 at 12:22 PM

    Nice view from the top of the mountain. And beautiful leaves too.

  • ExGuyParis's Profile Photo
    Sep 25, 2006 at 12:46 PM

    Ahhhh.... thanks for the memories! I spent a lot of summers of my life in /Saranac Lake. Your portrait of the region is very well done.

  • animalvr's Profile Photo
    Jul 24, 2006 at 10:07 AM

    Tail O the Pup is the best place in the whole are for dinners!


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