Permit and regulation signs at the Peekamoose Blue Hole in the Catskill Park. Photo by Gwendolyn Craig

Visitor management

The Adirondack Explorer set out during the 2021 hiking season to learn more about visitor management strategies being tried—and some that seem to be working—in other popular recreation areas. Over the course of the next several issues of our magazine and online, the Explorer is diving into shuttle systems, trail maintenance, permits, stewardship programs and more. Some of these ideas are already underway in the Adirondacks.

Series overview

As mountain communities grapple with how to best manage increase in visitors, the Explorer looks to how other places are dealing


Backcountry camping

Using the Tetons as a way to explore the idea of backpacking permits in the Adirondacks

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Do the experiences in the Catskills travel to the Adirondacks?

The number of users in the High Peaks has risen significantly over the last decade. In this video, Adirondack Explorer intern Kris Parker explores the issue.

The advisory committee’s report for the High Peaks acknowledged that there will need to be more than one strategy to help manage visitors, and not every strategy will work everywhere in the park.


Other solutions stories

The Adirondack Mountains are in view from John Millett’s solar farm in Whitehall, Washington County. Photo by Cindy Schultz

Solar solutions

The Adirondack Park Agency looks for ways to implement long-range planning for solar projects in the park.

Ezra Schwartzberg of Adirondack Research flips the underside of a hemlock tree branch to look for the invasive hemlock woolly adelgid on Sept. 30 in Washington County. Photo by Gwendolyn Craig

The battle against invasive species

Researchers unleash predator bugs to eat hemlock pests.

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