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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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Enjoy Fall in the ADKs

Fall is one of the most beautiful times of the year in the Adirondacks! Find info on leaf peeping, apple picking, festivals, and more in our regional Fall Guide.

Whiteface Oktoberfest

Plan a trip to Whiteface Mountain this weekend for its 25th annual Oktoberfest! Enjoy music, beer, activities, and a ride on the Cloudsplitter Gondola.

Largest Garage Sale

The World's Largest Garage Sale will run from October 1-2 throughout the Town of Warrensburg. Over 200 vendors will offer antiques, clothing, furniture, and other hidden treasures.

Rail-Trail Project Delayed

The need for further review has delayed construction of New York State's new recreational rail-trail between Lake Placid and Tupper Lake.

ADK Hiking Guide

The leaves are starting to change, so why not go hiking and check out the views? From safety tips to kid friendly hikes, our Hiking Guide has you covered this season!

Photo Of The Week!

This Week's Adirondack Photo of the Week winner is... Kayaking Blue Mountain Lake - by Patty Engel Barker! See the image up close >>

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Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors

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Celebrate Fall! Oktoberfests, Festivals & Other Fun Adirondack Events
The fall foliage season is underway, so now's the perfect time to plan a weekend trip in the Adirondacks. Check out one of the local Oktoberfests, such as Whiteface's 25th Oktoberfest, explore the World's Largest Garage Sale, and discover other great fall events this weekend: September Continue Reading »

Try These 12 Hidden Gems With Fall Foliage Views in the Adirondacks
Fall has arrived in the Adirondacks, and what's better than a hike to see the beautiful foliage? The High Peaks Wilderness is always a popular destination, and the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) expects the peaks to see a lot of hikers this season. If Continue Reading »

Lake Champlain Bridge Quest Links Historic Sites in New York and Vermont
From Crown Point, NY to Chimney Point, VT, there's a lot of history to discover on both sides of the Lake Champlain Bridge. Now, there's a new way to see all the historic sites, learn a little about them, and be rewarded for completing a 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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