The protected Adirondack land ranges from remote backcountry to well-traveled mountain trails. It provides a tremendous resource both for preservation and recreation. Throughout the park, the state Department of Environmental Conservation maintains more than 2,000 miles of marked trails available for people of all interests and abilities. A family can take a short hike to a picnic spot near a waterfall or climb a mountain with a fire tower. Solitude can be easily found backpacking along the Northville-Lake Placid Trail or canoeing in the lake country of the central Adirondacks. Equestrians can discover elevated views of Lake George, and many rugged trails in wild forest areas are open to mountain bikes. In winter, opportunities include a snowmobile ride to Wilcox Lake, a weekend of downhill skiing at Whiteface Mountain or a day of ski-touring in the Siamese Ponds Wilderness. Big game hunting includes white-tailed deer and black bear. Forty-two campgrounds are visited by nearly three quarters of a million people each year from the bustling Fish Creek Campground to the seclusion of the Indian Lake Islands, accessible only by boat. Areas like the Moose River Plains and Aldrich Pond Wild Forests are available for a variety of motorized and non-motorized recreation, including snowmobiles. Two historic areas, John Brown's Farm and Crown Point may be toured. The intensive recreational use is centered around Gore Mountain and Whiteface Mountain Ski Areas including the scenic highways ascending Whiteface and Prospect Mountains. Numerous picnic groves are also found throughout the region. Fishing and bird watching round out the list of experiences available on the Forest Preserve lands.
Access for people with disabilities includes campgrounds, educational centers and many other facilities which offer camping, picnicking, fishing and nature viewing. In addition, people with disabilities can obtain special hunting licenses and permits for access to the Forest Preserve. DEC regional office has details.