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"We are happy indeed to stay in this wonderful, quiet place."
-- Bela Bartok, Composer, summer 1945, Saranac Lake, NY

The Adirondack Park

The Adirondack Park was created in 1892 by the State of New York amid concerns for the water and timber resources of the region. Today the Park is the largest publicly protected area in the contiguous United States, Adirondack Park Land Use and Development Plan Map - click to see larger mapgreater in size than Yellowstone, Everglades, Glacier, and Grand Canyon National Park combined. The boundary of the Park encompasses approximately 6 million acres, nearly half of which belongs to all the people of New York State and is constitutionally protected to remain “forever wild” forest preserve. The remaining half of the Park is private land which includes settlements, farms, timber lands, businesses, homes, and camps.



Fast Facts

More detailed information about the park can be found under
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and the Research section of our web site.

Area Statistics for counties, towns and the park from the Adirondack Park Land Use and Development Plan Map and State Land Map

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The Adirondacks: A Gift of Wilderness

Natural Communities
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Information about the State Forest Preserve at the NYS DEC web site.

Adirondack Regional Tourism - travel and outdoor recreation guide

I Love NY

DEC Campground Info

511NY Traffic, Travel and Transit Info
current travel conditions and maps from the NYS Department of Transportation


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