I've been visiting the Adirondacks since my childhood days of attending sleepaway camp on Schroon Lake. The park, created in 1892 was originally created by the State of New York to preserve its timber and water resources in the region. Today the park is the largest publicly protected area in the contiguous United States, greater in size than Yellowstone, Everglades, Glacier, and Grand Canyon National Park combined. Park boundaries encompass approximately six million acres, nearly half of which belongs to the people of New York State and is constitutionally protected to remain “forever wild” forest preserve. The remaining half of the Park is private land which includes settlements, farms, timber lands, businesses, homes, and camps.
Each summer my family would trek north from Queens, NY in a nine passenger Rambler station wagon (these were the SUVs back in the day) and go to camp. The air changed drastically once we arrived on the Northway right outside Albany-- I still remember putting on my sweater in late June at the rest stop (which had Howard Johnsons back then). However were we going to pass a swim test in the freezing water of the lake? Somehow we did and my siblings and I enjoyed many, many summers on Schroon Lake.
The park boasts terrific campgrounds, attractions and special events too numerous to list here, lodging (from inexpensive motels to fabulous lodges and resorts), scenic byways of 11 picturesque driving tours and trails, sports of every type (birding, kayaking, hiking, canoeing, fishing, hunting, and skiing--downhill and cross country).
Lake Placid, as many may recall was home to the Winter Olympics in 1932 and 1980. Visit the Lake Placid Olympic Center and you can visit view the legacy of these games in many great exhibits, which include video highlights, athletes' uniforms and equipment, and historical information about all of the area's Olympic sites. The Olympic Center is a hub of activities in summer as well as winter; further detailed information can be found at www.orda.org.
The majestic beauty of the Adirondacks always impressed me and to this day, I still believe that New York is one beautiful state.
Here are some Adirondack links to check out: