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Adirondack State Park

Adirondack State Park



Location: New York   Map

Area: 6.1 million acres

Info: (518) 327 3000

Open: 9am- 5pm daily

Closed: Thanksgiving, Dec 25th



Pines Campground

(518) 523 9322


Mt. Van Hoevenberg Bed & Breakfast

(518) 523 957






Description of Adirondacks State Park

Fees and permits
Except for improved public campgrounds, there is no fee to camp or travel on state land. It is illegal to transport untreated firewood more than 50 miles from its source. Local firewood can easily be found in roadside stands and convenience stores. Retailers include a slip of paper documenting the source of the firewood. Without this proof, your firewood may be seized.


Adirondacks State Park is located in a state of New York in United States. It was established in 1892 and covers an area of 6.1 million acres. It is by far the largest of the National Historic Landmarks. It is larger than the Yellowstone, Everglades, Grand Canyon and Glacier National Parks, Adirondack Park covers an area roughly equivalent to the state of Vermont. With Mount Marcy at 1,629 m in the park also the highest elevation of New York. Its name is derived from Iroquois native language and translated as a "bark eater". Adirondacks State Park contains over 2000 miles of hiking trails as well as 500 campsites that are dispersed on 48 islands of Saranac Lake, Indian Lake and George Lake.


Adirondacks State Park is densely wooded in places and with a total of about 3,000 lakes and 48,000 km of rivers and streams rich in water. A system of approximately 3,200 km of hiking trails runs through many parts of the park. Campgrounds have been laid out in outstanding locations where fires can be made. The boundary of the park is commonly referred to as the Blue Line (due to blue ink used on old maps) and surrounds the entire Adirondack Mountains plus the surrounding area. The park has more than 50 mammal species, such as beaver and elk, as well as the black bear and numerous birds, including the ruby-throated hummingbird. Parts of the park are used by the timber industry.

The idea of ​​setting up a protected park in this area was first raised in 1870 by land surveyor Verplanck Colvin. Proponents of the park henceforth drew inspiration and inspiration largely from considerations of George Perkins Marsh, who had already warned ten years earlier of deforestation that could also alter North America in a way that had already happened in parts of Europe. A conservation philosophy in response to this fear is still the basic idea behind the park and its further development. The official foundation of Adirondacks State Park  dates back to 1892.

Adirondacks State Park is under the administration of the State of New York, but is not a state park in the strict sense. He is supervised by the Department of the Environment of New York; For planning and long-term management decisions, the Adirondack Park Agency was established in 1971.


Trails in Adirondack State Park

Adirondacks High Peaks

Distance: 21.9 mi (35.3 km)

Duration: 3 days

Difficulty: medium

Start/ Finish point: Heart Lake- Lake Placid


Mt. Marcy

Distance: 14.8 mi (23.8 km)

Duration: 7- 9 hr

Difficulty: hard

Start/ Finish point: Heart Lake






Within the Adirondack Park are numerous Wilderness Areas, where the use of motorized vehicles is prohibited; Human activities are limited to hiking, camping, hunting, fishing and paddling.

Blue Ridge Wilderness Area - 185.09 km²
Dix Mountain Wilderness Area - 182.95 km²
Five Ponds Wilderness Area - 447.44 km²
Giant Mountain Wilderness Area - 92.14 km²
Ha-De-Ron-Dah Wilderness Area - 107.36 km²
High Peaks Wilderness Area - 779.77 km²
Hoffman Notch Wilderness Area - 146.62 km²
Jay Mountain Wilderness Area - 28.7 km²
McKenzie Mountain Wilderness Area - 152.23 km²
Pepperbox Wilderness Area - 91.30 km²
Pharaoh Lake Wilderness Area - 185.68 km²
Pigeon Lake Wilderness Area - 202.8 km²
Round Lake Wilderness Area - 44.5 km²
Sentinel Range Wilderness Area - 94.10 km²
Siamese Ponds Wilderness Area - 455.37 km²
Silver Lake Wilderness Area - 426.01 km²
West Canada Lake Wilderness Area - 634.12 km²
William C. Whitney Wilderness Area - 83.0 km²
The 77 km² Saint Regis Canoe Area is not officially classified as a Wilderness Area, but it has the same accessibility requirements.





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