Awesome Adirondack Park Statistics

* Consists of 6 Million Acres – larger than Yellowstone, Yosemite, The Grand Canyon, The Great
Smokey's and The Everglades

*  8,000 Square Miles of mountains – for hiking and climbing.
*   Over 2,000 high peak mountains.
*  There are over 40 mountains with elevation over 4,000 feet.
*   Mount Marcy is highest peak in New York, standing at 5,344 feet.

*   2,000 miles of hiking trails – great diversity of level, terrain and experience.
*  Over 2,300 lakes and ponds, 1,500 rivers and 30,000 miles of brooks & streams.
*  200 lakes that are over one square mile in area.
*  Wildlife – over 220 birds, 30 species of reptiles and 50 species of animals
- Black bear, white tail deer, loons, bald eagle, coyotes, bob cats, and beaver to name a few.
*  66 types of fish – including lake & river trout, pike and land locked salmon.
History of Adirondack State Park

This 6 million acre park was established in 1882 by New York State Legislature, insuring that the park remains “forever wild”
and preserved.  The park falls under the strict guidelines of the DEC (Department of Environmental Conservation), which
controls and monitors all new development.

The thousands of mountains located in the Park are part of the Canadian Shield and are very young mountains carved from
glacier uplifting.  The mountains are stilling growing at a rate of 1.5 millimeters per year.

There have been many industries that influenced the history of the Adirondacks, logging, mining, farming and tourism to name
the largest.  
President Teddy Roosevelt was a great outdoors man and love “trekking” in the Adirondacks, what today is called
hiking.  He was on the Summit of Mt. Marcy when he learned the President was gravely shot in Buffalo.  When reaching the
platform for the steam train in North Creek (tours still running today), he learned that he was the next president of the United
States of America.  

There are numerous museums and historic sites located throughout the Adirondack Park that provides great insight and
details to the evolution of what today is the most beautifully natural state park in the country (see
Things to Do section for
museum details).
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