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Adirondack Forest Preserve

a stream in the Adirondack Park

The Adirondack Park is a six-million acre patchwork of public and private lands located in northeastern New York. The area was designated in 1892 to protect the region from uncontrolled forest clearing that was common during the 1800s. Today, the Park contains a thriving mix of forests, wetlands, waterways, and human settlement.

The Adirondack Forest Preserve is defined as the 2.6 million acres of state land within the Adirondack Park. Afforded constitutional protections that prevent the removal of timber, lands within New York's Forest Preserve are rich in both recreational opportunity and ecological significance. These public lands, which range from remote backcountry to DEC-operated campgrounds, include more than 1,800 miles of marked trails available for people of all interests and abilities. Depending on park-wide land classifications and specific unit management plans, there are a variety of opportunities for public enjoyment of the Forest Preserve, including hiking, camping, paddling, hunting, fishing, trapping, snowmobiling, skiing, mountain biking, and rock climbing.

For a listing of DEC-managed recreation lands, including the Adirondack Forest Preserve, please see our Places To Go page.

Adirondack Park Map and Guide

DEC's Adirondack Park Map and Guide is a full color, fold-out map and brochure which has great tips on planning your next Adirondack adventure.

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DEC is committed to offering many opportunities for accessible recreation of all types. See DEC's statement on the new federal rule covering Power Driven Mobility Devices.