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When is it OK to stack rocks on the trail?

Once used to mark the way, cairns nowadays often are seen as monuments to the ego and a blight on the wild landscape. >>More

View Finder

Fall foliage and first tracks

Fall foliage photos from the northern and eastern Adirondacks, including some from Anthony's Nose on the eastern side of Lake George. >>More

In this Magazine

Ticks spread in the Adirondacks as funding to study them shrinks

Soon after he began taking Lee Ann Sporn’s introductory biology course in the fall of 2018, Bryan confided to his professor that he frequently felt… >>More

The Video Room

Hikers weigh in on paying for High Peaks trailhead parking

We asked hikers if they would pay for parking or to use trails in the High Peaks. Watch this video… >>More

News Releases

A rescue, two body recoveries, and advice for unprepared hikers

A rescue, two body recoveries, and advice for unprepared hikers

Statistics from Cascade Mountain show that more than 100 hikers were encountered each day on Saturday and Sunday. Approximately 40… >>More

Explorer Reports

Four bids received for rail line to North Creek

Bidders are expected to propose freight and possible passenger excursions, maintain the tracks and infrastructure, and its connections to Canadian Pacific and points south, according… >>More

Outdoor Recreation

St Regis Canoe Area

State to update trout management plan

The plan will be largely informed by a series of 16 public meetings that were held across New York State… >>More


Plastic pollutes the park

Microplastics are polluting Adirondack streams and lakes once thought unaffected by the emerging environmental threat, according to recent research. >>More

Adirondack Almanack

DEC Redesigns Trail Supporter Patch

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) had release of the latest design of the New York State… >>More

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Each issue of the Adirondack Explorer contains reviews of the non-fiction books that matter most to our readers. The subjects include Adirondack history, outdoor recreation, wildlife, natural history, and public policy. Most of the past reviews are now available online.

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