Larger than several states in New England, bigger even than Yosemite, Yellowstone, Glacier, Grand Canyon and the Great Smokies National Parks combined – the Adirondack Park with its 6 million acres contains the largest protected wilderness area east of the Mississippi.
A constant juxtaposition of mountains and water, the Adirondack Park boasts 3,000 lakes and ponds, and 30,000 miles of rivers and streams. Adirondack waterways are vast, wild and primal – a treasured destination for New York canoeing and kayaking. The 46 tallest mountains within the park are called the High Peaks. Mount Marcy is the highest point in the entire state of New York, towering 5,343 feet above the High Peaks Wilderness Area. Whether you’re a “46er” or simply looking to take a nature walk in the lower elevations – the Adirondack Park has more than 2,000 miles of New York hiking trails that cater to every skill level. Year-round recreation at alpine and cross-country ski centers is also a popular draw throughout the region. Handicap accessible trails are offered in many regions so that everyone can enjoy the wilderness.
The Adirondack Park is delineated by a blue line on many maps. Although it is known for offering incredible outdoor recreation experiences, the park offers an authentic and unique wilderness adventure within a day’s drive for 60 million people. It’s just hours from New York City, Boston, Burlington, Montreal and Ottawa. Discover the enduring legacy of this wild area during your next Adirondack vacation.