The Adirondack Park is designated Forever Wild.

The Adirondack Park

The Adirondack Park is the largest publicly protected area throughout the entire United States. More than 2.5 million acres of land in the Adirondack Park has been protected by New York State since 1892, creating a "forever wild" region of natural splendor and rich wildlife habitat in the Adirondack Mountains. An additional 3.4 million acres of the park is privately owned land, playing host to residential neighborhoods, agriculture, campgounds, recreational activity and forestry.

Many are stunned to learn that the 6-million-acre Adirondack Park is larger in size than Yellowstone, Everglades, Glacier and Grand Canyon National Parks – combined! Many believe the Adirondacks are "worn down" or old peaks, but they are actually still growing! These young mountains created as result of natural mountain building called "orogeny" and etching by glaciers continue to grow at a rate of 1.5 millimeters annually.

Within park lines you'll find 42 of the 46 Adirondack High Peaks and over 2,000 miles of hiking trails. Mount Marcy, the highest Adirondack Peak, reaches 5,344 ft! The park also boasts more than 3,000 lakes and 30,000 miles of waterways such as streams and rivers. Plush forests and thriving wetlands offer a wealth of wildlife and flora to this beautiful region.

Adirondack Wildlife

Amid the streams, forests and mountains the Adirondacks are home to all sorts of wildlife. From the many species of birds and fish to larger mammals like moose and deer the Adirondacks have a wide diversity of animals.

Goals of assuring wildlife remains in the Adirondack Park has stimulated many state policies and programs, put into place to maintain Adirondack wildlife habitats. The Adirondack Park Agency contributes to the protection of fish and wildlife habitats through air, land and water quality regulatory programs. The APA also administered the Freshwater Wetlands Act which limited draining of water grounds that are feeding and nesting areas of many species and protects habitats of endangered species through the Private Land Use and Development Plan.