“over 6 million acres”
The Adirondack Park was created in 1892 by the State of New York amid concerns for the water and timber resources of 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. The boundary of the Park encompasses approximately 6 million acres, nearly half of which belongs to all 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.
It's a state park that's bigger than many National Parks. Also it's free and it doesn't close! It's more of a regional identity than an actual physically boundaried place, if that makes sense. It's pure natural beauty. There's mountains and lakes and towns and tourist attractions and events. It's at its best in the fall!
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