... the lands now or hereafter constituting the Forest 
Preserve shall be forever kept as wild forest lands ...
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 Alaska.

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!!
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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 available.

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