Adirondack Park

Location: Northwest area of New York

Webpage: New York State Park

General Description: Spanning more than six million acres, the Adirondack Park is the largest state park in the United States.  About 52% of the land within the park is owned privately that are heavily regulated by the Adirondack Agency.  It contains 102 towns, numerous farms, business, and an active timber industry.  The inclusion of human communities makes the park one of the great experiments in conservation in the industrialized world.  The state owned property Includes more than 10,000 lakes, 30,000 miles of rivers and streams, and a wide variety of habitats including wetlands and old-growth forests.  While the year round population is around 130,000 there are more than 200,000 seasonal visitors every year.  Whatever recreational activity you enjoy can be found in the Adirondack Park, from amusement parks, golf courses, fishing, hiking, boating, swimming, etc.


1) We only had a week to spend in the Adirondack Region of New York and there is no way to begin to see even a small part of the Adirondack Park.  We drove up the west side of Lake George to Fort Ticonderoga and took a couple of hikes near Lake George.  We plan to return again to the area to explore more of it in the future.

2) One of the hikes we took was a nature trail in Charles Lathrop Pack Forest.  This is a sustainable forest demonstration area administered by SUNY College of Environmental Sciences and Forestry.  The trail is a one-mile loop paved trail through an old-growth hemlock forest.  Among some very large hemlock trees there is also “The Grandmother Tree” which is a very large white pine.

PackDemoForest OldGrowthHemlock TipUp Wetlands GrandmotherTree

3) The other hike we took was along the Hudson River Corridor where you can get some nice views of the Hudson River and the young forest along the bank.  You have your choice of a number of trails of varying difficulty from easy to moderate by following the trees marked for cross country skiing in the winter.

HudsonRiver WhitePineRegen

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