With these words, written by the New York State Legislature in
1885, the Adirondack Forest Preserve was born. Nine years later, the
Adirondacks became the first and only wild land preserve in the United
States to gain constitutional protection when New York's voters approved the
inclusion of Article VII, Section
7, the "forever wild" clause, into the state Constitution. Today, at 6
million acres and larger than Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Great
Smoky, and Everglades National Parks combined, the Adirondack Park
and Forest Preserve is the largest park in the nation outside of
In the pages that follow we will explore the people, places, sights, and
history that make the Adirondack region one of the most unique in the world.
Please use the links to the left to navigate, and enjoy your visit!!
For best results, please be sure your screen
resolution is set to at least 800x600 at 16-bit color. Some pages may not
appear correctly at lower resolutions, and the photos will look far better
at higher color!Important news to High Peaks users: As of April 1, 2000, the High Peaks
Unit Management Plan is in effect. A summary of the changes is
5/8/00: I apologize for the two-day outage of the site. While enjoying a
weekend kayaking on the Bog River, the server decided it didn't want to be
connected to the Internet anymore.
4/12/00: Improved way of navigating through the Lakes
4/5/00: News page converted into a Current Issues
section, and two pages discussing river access rights are added to that
section. Click the link for details. Also, several photos added around the