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Adirondack Park

Two thousand miles of trails make Adirondack Park one or the best spots for hiking in upstate NY. The trails stretch out over 6 regions, the most popular of which is the High Peaks region near Lake Placid. The trails are challenging but not at all hard to follow. Those who love back packing along the coast will be happy with the many lakeside trails here, like the ones around Lake George. The longest trail is the Northville-Lake Placid Trail, which travels 135 miles through the Adirondack Mountains.

To beat the crowds some visitors like to try a little winter backpacking around November, but may is warmer and almost as uncrowded (and there are less black flies than in the summer months). There is no access fee to use Adirondacks Park, but there is a parking fee. Maps are available at the Adirondack Park Visitor Interpretive Centers at Paul Smith and Newcomb.