A Large Protected Wilderness Area

New York City is known world-wide. Residents of the state of NY, must qualify their answers when asked where they live or where they are from. Answering New York, is the assumption that they live in New York City. From there it also assumed that they have never seen a tree, much less a cow or a horse. Truthfully, there are thousands of trees and hundreds of horses in the big apple as well. That is another story though,

 New York state has many interesting towns and cities, lakes and rivers, parks and trails through out. The Adirondack Park is the largest protected wilderness area this side of the Mississippi River. It is larger than Yellowstone, Yosemite, Glacier, The Grand Canyon and The Great Smokey Mountains combined. It is not one big park, but combines 2.6 million acres that  is state owned, and 3.4 million aces privately owned to make up the 6 million acre Adirondack Park. Included in it is 105 towns and villages.

 There are seven separate regional areas within the Adirondacks. Adirondack Wild, Lake George, Adirondack Coast, Adirondack Lakes Region, Lake Placid Region, Adirondack-Tughill and Adirondack Seaway. Comprising Hamilton, Essex, Clinton, Franklin, Fulton, Herkimer, St. Lawrence, Warren, Lewis, Oneida, Saratoga and Washington counties.

 There is more than 3,000 lakes and 30,000 miles of streams and rivers included in the Adirondack Park.Lake Champlain and the Hudson River, Black River, St. Lawrence River and the Mohawk River all get water from the Adirondack Park.

 There is a group of 46 mountain peaks in the Adirondack Mountains, known as the High Peaks. At the time these peaks were named, they were believed to be higher than 4,000 feet. Later it was discovered that the 4 peaks were not that high, and there was one peak that should have been included, but was not. The highest point of  New York state is Mount Marcy, at 5,343 feet above the High Peaks Wilderness Area.

 The Adirondack Park offers over 2,000 miles of hiking trails including handicap accessible trails. Many various recreational activities are available within the park. Birdwatching, biking, canoeing, mountain climbing, hiking, walking, jogging, camping, fishing, swimming, whitewater rafting, etc. In winter there are many other activities, such as skiing, skating, ice climbing, sledding, ice fishing, snowshoeing, etc. Something for everyone.

 The largest remote areas are classified as wilderness areas and are preserved that way. There are areas that do not allow motor vehicles, and structures are limited to lean-tos only. The state legislature established the park in 1892. The Adirondack Forest Preserve was created to stop the logging of the forest.

In 1894, these often quoted words were added to the New York State Constitution:

"The lands of the state, now owned or hereafter acquired, constituting the forest preserve as now fixed by law, shall be forever kept as wild forest lands. They shall not be leased, sold or exchanged, or be taken by any corporation, public or private, nor shall the timber thereon be sold, removed or destroyed."

Lower Saranac LakeCredit: Library Of Congress 1902Credit: Library Of Congress 1902

Activities In The Adirondack Park

Saranac Lake Winter Carnival is a two-week celebration with activities taking place daily. Activities such as games, musical and theater performances, a parade and fireworks for opening and closing ceremonies. The highlight of the carnival is the Ice Palace. Built using two ton ice blocks that have been harvested from Lake Flower. The ice place is sculptured by volunteers who use chain saws to do the fine details. They are true craftsmen! 

Daffest is weeks of blooming activity taking place at Riverside Park at Saranac Lake taking place April 27 - May 13, 2012. It starts out on Friday, April 27th at 5:30 PM with a Pastry contest. There will be many more activities, contests and classes for all during the three weeks of Daffest. So be sure to catch some of it, if not able to be there for it all.

The Adirondack Balloon Fest will be taking place on September 20-23, 2012 this year in Queensbury, NY. This is the 40th year of this annual event. It takes place at the Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport-Warren County Airport. 

Adirondack Adventure Festival takes place on May 5-6, 2012. It is held in the town of North Creek and is a fun-filled week-end for all. There will be pony rides, guided hike, craft fair, free river raft rides and much more. Come join the fun!

Lake George Boat Ride & Steak Roast will be on May 5,2012. Enjoy a cruise on Lake George and live music and dancing at The American Legion Post 374. Tickets available online.

Adirondacks Living Show on May 18-20, 2012 in Queensbury, NY, is a celebration of the Adirondack camps, art and rustic living.

This is just an idea of some of the events that take place. There is a huge amount of activities planned for the year. Go to I Love NY and look for events for the week you will be there. I am sure there is something you will enjoy. Have fun!