A huge (and we mean HUGE) forest preserve comprising the northern third of New York state. The Adirondack Forest Preserve has been renowned as an outdoor paradise even before gaining “Forever Wild” protection in 1885. For good reason:; the park is home to the highest peaks in New York, some reaching above treeline, as well as enchanting rivers, streams, and lakes teeming with fish.
95% of visitors explore only a mere fraction of the ‘Dacks. State and private conservation efforts have mitigated overuse damage, but we nonetheless bypass the well-known, high traffic High Peaks for the extensive network of lakes, ponds, and rivers that crisscross this vast wilderness, in order to experience the essence of nature in its most pristine, powerful, elemental form.