The Adirondack Park is both the largest and the first government-protected park in the contiguous United States. It covers a vast expanse—bigger than New Hampshire—of rugged, thickly wooded, mountainous terrain in northeast New York State. The Adirondacks are a popular destination for all lovers of outdoor activities, from hiking and skiing to ice and rock climbing.
- Town of Chester - Chestertown plus several surrounding hamlets and lakeside communities on the other side of the Northway from Lake George.
- Elizabethtown -
- Jay -
- Keene and Keene Valley — Great rock and ice climbing, hiker's gateway to the Adirondaks.
- Lake Placid - Former host to the Winter Olympics, it's now a charming, but tourist town.
- Blue Mountain Lake - Midpoint on the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, also hosts the Adirondack Museum.
- Malone - Northern gateway to the central Adirondacks.
- Old Forge - A small town which serves as the western gateway to the area from the Mohawk Valley. It is the starting point for the Northern Forest Canoe Trail.
- Saranac Lake - An "All American City", is host to Paul Smith's College.
- Ticonderoga - Home of Fort Ticonderoga, a Revolutionary War Site.
- Tupper Lake - Home of the Natural History Museum Of The Adirondacks.
- Wilmington -
- Lake George—Vacation spot in upstate New York situated on a lake.
- Historic Essex (New York)—Charming Federal town situated at the border of the Adirondack Park and Lake Champlain. Visitors enjoy well preserved architecture from the early 1800s, galleries, marinas, ferry to Vermont, seasonal dining and accommodations and convenient access to the Champlain Area Trails network.
- Adirondack Scenic Railroad
Flora and fauna
The main route along the eastern edge of the Adirondacks is Interstate 87, commonly known as "the Northway." The Northway has beautiful views of the mountains, but limited services north of Lake George.
The main roads around the High Peaks region are Route 73 to the north and east which runs through Lake Placid, routes 3 and 30 through Tupper Lake to the west, and route 28N and Boreas road to the South. Gas stations are available about every 20 miles in these areas.
There is limited service by bus from Rochester, Syracuse and Albany to points north including Keene Valley, Lake Placid, Tupper Lake and Plattsburgh. This service is provided by "Trailways" bus service.
Amtrak's aptly named Adirondack train runs between Montreal, Quebec and Penn Station in New York City with a stop in Ticonderoga plus other stops that connect with local shuttles to nearby destinations. The train leaves Montreal at 9:30AM daily, and New York at 8:30AM. The trip takes approximately 10 hours but expect delays at the border.
Except for improved public campgrounds, there is no fee to camp or travel on state land.
Get a tent, sleep almost anywhere.
There is very little crime in the Adirondacks. Still, be vigilant when driving alone at night on back roads. Think twice before stopping the car for strangers on the road. As anywhere, the road conditions can be dangerous in the winter months. In all seasons, be on the lookout for deer on the road.
The most common problem is travelers going into the wilderness without proper experience or equipment. There is prevalent wildlife throughout the Adirondacks, and interactions between humans and wild animals is common.
In some areas, bear resistant canisters are required. Check the areas where you are staying to see if this is the case.