you know that the Adirondack Park covers 6 million acres, about
1/5 of New York State, and is bigger than Yellowstone, Yosemite,
Grand Canyon, Great Smokey Mountain and Glacier National Parks combined?
is a land of mountains and hills and vast plains with 43 mountains
over 4,000 feet tall including Mount Marcy, New Yorks highest
peak at 5,344 feet. Some mountains have rare alpine summit environments
devoid of trees with unique plants that typically grow in the far
northern tundra and are actually holdovers from the last Ice Age.
is a land of over 2,800 lakes and ponds and over 30,000 miles of
rivers and streams. The mighty Hudson River starts high in the Adirondacks
where you can actually straddle the infant river while climbing
is a land of millions of forested acres with, by one estimate, conservatively,
1 billion trees and perhaps 500,000 acres of old growth forest in
which there is absolutely no sign of human impact. It is a land
of remoteness and wilderness, indeed Mount Marcy wasnt even
discovered until 1837 at which time Mount Washington
in New Hampshire, the tallest mountain in the northeastern US which
was first climbed in the early 1600s, already had buildings
on its summit.
is a land of deer, bear, beaver, coyote, otter, fox and the mighty
moose which has recently moved back into the region. It is the home
of numerous bird species including the loon, a bird with an unforgettable
call that can swim long distances under water. It is truly a showcase
of the glories of nature!
Adirondack Park is the largest publically protected natural area
in the contiguous United States. Its state owned land is perhaps
the best protected land in the entire country and is actually protected
in the New York State Constitution in the famous forever wild
clause with its stirring words that the state-owned land in the
Park Shall be forever kept as wild forest lands.
are miles and miles of hiking trails and paddling streams and lakes
and ponds. The Adirondacks are a unique blend of private and public
land, permanent residents and visitors, local and state government
and unique, fragile natural environments. The land and the human
story of the Adirondacks are equally compelling and amazing
join us, the Binghamton Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club,
as we explore this wondrous region.
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