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Adirondack State Park Travel Guide: 60 reviews and 128 photos

This was one corner of the eastern American wilderness that I had always dreamed of exploring. I've always looked at this giant chunk of land on road atlases and dreamed of going through this region, one of the few in the east where roads were sparse and where numerous lakes could be found in forested mountains.

I finally did get a chance to visit the Adirondacks, though my exploration of it was limited; I made this trip with some relatives and never got around to seeing the High Peaks region I've wanted to see for much of my life (though this leaves me a good reason to come back.) Most of this page will be dedicated to the region around Old Forge, the Fulton Chain of Lakes, and Blue Mountain Lake.

While eastern America was gradually being settled in the early 19th century, one giant blot in upstate New York was left, at least for a while, most undisturbed. Until the middle of that century, the mountains were unvisited, unknown, and unnamed. However, after Verplanck Colvin's survey of the mountains in the 1870s, it became apparent to the New York legislature that the Adirondacks were something special and had to be saved from encroaching logging and development. So in the early 1870s, the state of New York established the Adirondack Forest Preserve and a little later, Adirondack Park. In 1890, the people of New York voted to add to their constitution an amendment that declared the forests of the Adirondacks encircled by the Blue Line would be "forever wild."

Today, the Blue Line of the Adirondack Park encompasses over 6 million acres, making this park the largest park in the United States outside of Alaska, dwarfing parks such as Yellowstone (2 million acres) and Olympic (1 million acres). However, much of the park land is privately owned; the state of New York only owns a little over 2 million acres. This means that some areas have still seen some of the development that the park was established to avoid. However, little of it detracts from the beauty of this park, which easily outshines anything else I've seen the East offer.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:It's big! And the mountains are beautiful.
  • Cons:A little bit overdeveloped
  • Last visit to Adirondack State Park: Jul 2008
  • Intro Written Jul 23, 2008
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