The Adirondack Park
Hamilton County NY, the Adirondack Wild, is located in the center of the 6 million-acre Adirondack Park. The Adirondack Park is a state park larger than the state of Vermont.
The Adirondack Park is the largest park - state or national -- in the mainland United States. It is a unique patchwork of private and public lands in a ratio of about 1 : 1, all administered by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the Adirondack Park Agency. Even private lands are subject to regulation by the Adirondack Park Agency.
The mixture of private and public lands is why hamlets are dispersed throughout the park. There are also huge swaths of wilderness where no development, no roads and no logging are allowed. Recreation such as hiking, paddling, hunting, fishing and cross country skiing are permitted. Other public lands are designated for public campgrounds or more intensive uses such as mountain biking or snowmobiling
Since there are forty-two points of entrance into the park, admission is free. Fees are charged for using public campgrounds and day use areas within the park. Camping in the backcountry, hiking, and most public boat launches are free. There is never a charge for enjoying the ever-changing panorama of mountains, lakes and deep green forests.
Those who wish to hunt or fish must obtain a state hunting or fishing license. Out-of-state snowmobiles are welcomed on the trails, but must be registered in New York State.
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