Adirondack Park

6100000 acres


Adirondack Park
1133 NYS Route 86
Ray Brook, NY 12977
United States
Phone: (518) 891-4050
44° 17' 47.7096" N, 74° 0' 14.4648" W

Adirondack Park is located in Northeast New York. The park protects the lands surrounding the Adirondack Mountain range and includes several major lakes, such as Lake George and Lake Placid. The mountain range contains 46 peaks above 4000 feet and the highest peak, Mount Marcy, has an elevation of 5344 feet.

With 6.1 million acres under protection, Adirondack Park is the largest protected area within the contiguous United States. It is larger than Everglades, Glacier, Grand Canyon and Yellowstone National Parks combined. 2.6 million acres are owned directly by the state as part of the New York's Forest Preserve, managed by the Department of Environmental Conservation, while the remainder of the lands are privately owned.

The park provides a wealth of opportunities for family hiking. There are over 2000 miles of trails within the park and it is the largest trail system within the nation. The difficulty of trails can vary widely and families are encouraged to research specific trails before setting out.

Camping is also a great family activity and there a number of private and state-run campgrounds within the park. Due to the extremely limited man-made light within the park's lands, stargazing is a recommended activity for campers.

New York's Department of Environmental Conservation operates the following campgrounds within Adirondack Park:

  • Alger Island
  • Ausable Point
  • Brown Tract Pond
  • Buck Pond
  • Caroga Lake
  • Cranberry Lake
  • Crown Point
  • Eagle Point
  • Eighth Lake
  • Fish Creek Pond
  • Forked Lake
  • Golden Beach
  • Hearthstone Point
  • Indian Lake Islands
  • Lake Durant
  • Lake Eaton
  • Lake George Battleground
  • Lake George Islands
  • Lake Harris
  • Lewey Lake
  • Limekiln Lake
  • Lincoln Pond
  • Little Sand Point
  • Luzerne
  • Meacham Lake
  • Meadowbrook
  • Moffitt Beach
  • Nicks Lake
  • Northampton Beach
  • Paradox Lake
  • Point Comfort
  • Poplar Point
  • Putnam Pond
  • Rogers Rock
  • Rollins Pond
  • Sacandaga
  • Saranac Lake Islands
  • Scaroon Manor
  • Sharp Bridge
  • Taylor Pond
  • Tioga Point
  • Wilmington Notch

Adirondack Park has over 3000 lakes - including Lake Placid, Lake George, Saranac Lake and Schroon Lake - and 30,000 miles of rivers and streams. Boating is a popular activity on the many varied bodies of water. Fishing is also a popular pastime and there is great angling for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, trout and landlocked salmon.

The park is home to a wide array of wildlife. There are 53 species of mammals, including bobcat, coyote, red fox, moose and black bear. Over 200 species of birds either live or migrate through Adirondack Park, making for excellent birding opportunities.

Designated Wilderness Areas within the park do not permit motor vehicles and operate under a Leave No Trace policy:

  • Blue Ridge Wilderness Area (45,736 acres)
  • Dix Mountain Wilderness Area (45,208 acres)
  • Five Ponds Wilderness Area (117,978 acres)
  • Giant Mountain Wilderness Area (22,768 acres)
  • Ha-De-Ron-Dah Wilderness Area (26,528 acres)
  • High Peaks Wilderness Area (192,685 acres)
  • Hoffman Notch Wilderness Area (36,231 acres)
  • Jay Mountain Wilderness Area (7,100 acres)
  • McKenzie Mountain Wilderness Area (37,616 acres)
  • Pepperbox Wilderness Area (22,560 acres)
  • Pharaoh Lake Wilderness Area (45,883 acres)
  • Pigeon Lake Wilderness Area (50,100 acres)
  • Round Lake Wilderness Area (11,000 acres)
  • Sentinel Range Wilderness Area (23,252 acres)
  • Siamese Ponds Wilderness Area (112,524 acres)
  • Silver Lake Wilderness Area (105,270 acres)
  • West Canada Lake Wilderness Area (156,695 acres)
  • William C. Whitney Wilderness Area (20,500 acres)
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NY - Saranac Lake, Adirondack Regional Airport

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  • Temperature: 69.8 °F / 21 °C
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  • Visibility: 10 mi
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