Located in the north of New York state, the Adirondack Park is a large protected area and one of the most spectacular natural attractions of the state. Spanning more than 6 million acres (2.5 million hectares), the Adirondack Park is unique in several ways. Unlike most other preserves, most of the park (about 52%) is actually privately owned. The area also contains over a hundred towns and villages where some 132,000 people have their permanent, year-round residence. Created in 1892 by the State of New York, the park is now the largest publicly protected area in the contiguous United States, attracting about 10 million tourists and 200,000 seasonal residents every year. In fact, the inclusion of human communities makes the park one of the greatest experiments in conservation in the industrialized world. If you have not been to this amazing place, you should keep on reading because today´s post will show you 25 reasons that this park is a fantastic place to visit. No matter what season you are going to visit, the Adirondack Park has a lot to offer all year round. From its breathtaking scenery and popular hiking trails to its great museums, breweries, and wineries, here are 25 Reasons The Adirondack Park Is A Great Place To Visit.
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With its massive 6 million acres, the Adirondack Park is larger than several US National Parks combined. However, since it is not a National Park, there is no entry fee.
Another benefit of not being a National Park, the Adirondack Park does not close at the end of the day. It is open to public non-stop, every day, all year round.
Situated in Upstate New York, the park lies within a day’s drive for much of the Northeastern US, as well as Ontario and Quebec. It takes just about 4 hours to get there from NYC. Moreover, Lake Placid, the main town of the park, is easily reachable by a train or bus.
The Adirondack Park boasts an incredible 3,000 lakes and ponds and 30,000 miles (48,300 kilometers) of rivers and streams, which makes it a perfect place for canoeing, kayaking, and other water sports.
There are many high peaks in the park, offering stunning views of local landscape. Mount Marcy, the highest peak of the park as well as of the entire New York state, reaches an impressive height of 5,343 feet (1,629 meters).