The size of Vermont, the Adirondack Park is the largest park in the continental United States, covering one-fifth of New York state’s total area. Its “3,000 lakes, 30,000 miles of rivers and streams and more wilderness than anywhere else on the East Coast,” writes Abigail Jones, also make up the first constitutionally protected wilderness in the world.
The Adirondacks rely most heavily on tourism, and that is good news for all who want to enjoy its sprawling natural beauty.
William Janeway, executive director of the Adirondack Council points to the region’s 160-year history of incredible extremes of wealth and economic challenges, influenced by the likes of railroad magnate J.P, Morgan and other “millionaires” of the day who bought huge amounts of property in upstate New York. The area is still a sought-after destination for the rich and the not so rich among us.