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The Adirondacks offer the highest peaks in New York State, thousands of miles of hiking trails and canoe routes, and numerous scenic highways and byways that draw visitors each year to the many towns, villages and hamlets that are scattered throughout the Adirondack Park. First-time visitors can choose from luxurious 5-star resorts, a week of solitude backpacking along a remote mountain trail or enjoying the many activities and amenities of a local campground. You might even find a piece of Adirondack real estate that's just right for you.

Many first time visitors to the Adirondacks are surprised to learn that "the Park" isn't a traditional park at all! You won't find an entrance gate guarded by conservation officers – but you will find a vibrant blend of public and private lands where thousands of people live, work and play amid the breathtaking Adirondack mountains, forests and streams.

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Hit The Trails!

With the weather finally warming up, it's time to get back to hiking! In our hiking guide, you'll find tips for beginners, our favorite hikes, the best summit views, and more.

Keep Safe From Coyotes

As the weather gets warmer, it becomes more common to see coyotes in the Adirondacks. We've put together some tips for staying safe if you happen to come across any coyotes.

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Spring Has Sprung!

Take in the beauty of the season at Daffest in Saranac Lake! The event will feature a pastry contest, live music, walking tours, and more.

Photo Of The Week!

This Week's Adirondack Photo of the Week winner is... Julie Goodblood Clark: Spring fishing at Ausable Point, NY! See the image up close>>

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Daffest 2015 In Saranac Lake

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What's New In The Adirondacks

Frenchy's Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting!
A new place to grab a bite to eat will be opening up soon in Ticonderoga! Frenchy's will be officially open for business on Friday, May 8th. However, the Grand Opening Celebration and Ribbon Cutting will take place on Thursday, May 21st at 4:30 p.m. All Continue Reading »

New Purchase Means New Access to the Adirondack High Peaks!
Paddlers, hikers and nature lovers, rejoice... New York State just purchased 6,200 acres south of the Adirondack High Peaks that are now a part of the Adirondack Park's forest preserve! Continue Reading »

Microbeads Threatening Adirondack Waterways
Last month, I wrote about a tiny pest that's threatening Adirondack moose populations - the winter tick. Now, there's an even tinier pest that's potentially putting Adirondack waterways in danger - the microbead. Continue Reading »


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History of the Adirondacks

The 6-million-acre park, that comprises the Adirondack Mountains, was established by the New York State Legislature in 1892. It has evolved into a patchwork of public and private lands, where thousands of people live, work and play in a protected environment of mountains, forests and streams.

The private lands are primarily part of the the Adirondack Forest Preserve, a diverse system of State Lands created in 1885 by an act of the New York State Legislature as a conservation effort to stem widespread tree cutting that supported the many lumber, paper, leather tanning, and iron mining industries that predominated the 19th century landscape, as well as ensure the major transportation corridors of the day - the Hudson River and Erie Canal - would not suffer reduced flows from continued logging. This was one of the earliest acts of public land preservation in the nation.

In 1894, the Adirondack Forest Preserve was further strengthened by when these now often quoted words were added to the New York State Constitution:

"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."

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