Explore Adirondack Park
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Adirondack Park is a state park that is more like a state than a park. Its “blue line” perimeter encircles 9,500 square miles – as much as its neighbor, Vermont – and includes more than a hundred towns and villages, serving the needs of 130,000 year-round inhabitants. It also captures the largest protected forested areas in the northeast, and the highest peaks in the Empire State. The eastern side of the park is dominated by the Champlain Valley, the most developed part of the park. West of the interstate, further into the park, varieties of Adirondack style and history can be found on plain view in communities and at interpretive sites, though much is still hidden on private club land and remote family camps. Most development is on the shores of lakes, which are the park’s primary attraction, many of which were made by dams to power mills and float logs. While the extraction of timber transformed the Adirondacks more than anything else, mineral extraction has been, and continues to be, transformative too.