Adirondack Park

Adirondack Park

Quick Facts

Adirondack Park

New York

(518) 402-8013


Things To Do


Encompassing one-third of the total land area of New York State, the Adirondack Park is unique in the United States. Within its boundaries are vast forests and rolling farmlands, towns and villages, mountains and valleys, lakes, ponds and free-flowing rivers, private lands and public forest.

The Adirondacks are known for their extensive wild landscapes, which includes tracts of old-growth forest, Wildflowers abound, and hundreds of species of shrubs, herbs and grasses may be encountered in a day's outing.

Outdoor recreation opportunities are unparalleled in the Adirondack area. Visitors to DEC campgrounds can sample boating, horseback riding, picnicking, hiking, mountaineering, hunting, fishing, swimming, water skiing, scuba diving and nature photography. Some campgrounds have extended the season into the fall for fishing, hunting and leaf peeking.

Foot trails extending over 2,000 miles course throughout the park, more than half maintained by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. From the southwest corner of the park at Old Forge, a popular canoe route begins and follows a string of lakes, ponds, rivers and portages nearly 100 miles to Tupper Lake and the Saranac lakes in the north-central region.

For a real getaway, consider the 500 campsites spread over 48 islands on Lake George, Indian Lake and Saranac Lake. The Adirondacks are rich in history with old forts, museums and antique shops scattered throughout the park. Other attractions of the region are several scenic highways and the Olympic Center in Lake Placid.

Map of Adirondacks

Latitude, Longitude: 44.532410, -74.640060



  • Boating

    Several lakes and ponds in the Adirondacks are popular with boaters. Paddling is also a wonderful way to explore the park's wild places.

  • Bird Watching

    Adirondack Park is home to several important birding areas. It's also a great place to spot loons, owls and hawks.

  • Bicycling

    Mountain biking is a popular activity throughout the Adirondacks.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    The Scenic Byways are a unique system of 14 scenic driving tours or trails , each with its own unique theme. Whether you're looking for a shimmering blue lake with majestic mountain views, an historic fort to explore, or a charming hamlet, all roads lead to fresh experiences and gorgeous scenery in the Adirondacks.

  • Camping

    There are several campgrounds in Adirondack Park. These campgrounds provide a wide variety of experiences, including island camping, tent and trailer camping, boat launching facilities, hiking trails, beaches and day use areas with picnic tables and grills. Backcountry, or primitive camping, is permitted on most lands managed by DEC.

  • Fishing

    New York State has some of the finest fishing in the country. The Adirondacks are known among anglers for many of their crystal-clear lakes and ponds.

  • Hiking

    From the High Peaks of the Adirondacks to the sandy dunes of Long Island, DEC owns and maintains thousands of miles of hiking trails throughout New York State. These routes range from challenging mountain treks to easy afternoon strolls. Hiking opportunities abound for people of any interest or ability.

    Most trails are marked with color coded disks affixed to trees. Trail guides and maps correspond to these markers. Trail register boxes are generally located near major access points and parking areas. Although most state-maintained trails are marked, hikers are encouraged to consult topographical maps or other guides when planning to venture into the backcountry.

  • Hunting

    Hunting is among the most popular forms of wildlife recreation in New York State. Nearly 700,000 New Yorkers and over 50,000 nonresidents hunt in the Empire State. New York offers many exciting opportunities to hunt a large variety of wildlife, including big game, small game, game birds and furbearers.

    Trapping is also permitted in the Adirondacks. Trappers must complete a mandatory trapper education course to obtain a trapping license.

  • Picnicking

    There are several day-use areas that provide great picnicking opportunities.

  • Water Sports

    There are several lakes and ponds for swimming.

  • Wildlife Watching

    The Adirondacks are home to several wildlife species including wolves, foxes, coyote, deer, beavers, otters, black bears and the ever-elusive moose.

  • Winter Sports

    Skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling are popular in the park.


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Phone Numbers


(518) 402-8013

Campground reservations

(800) 456-2267