Hamilton County in the Adirondacks — it's a scenic paradise!
Hamilton County is located in the center of the 6-million acre Adirondack Park in northern New York state. With public recreation lands and waters totaling one million acres and comprising 95 percent of Hamilton County, there's amazing scenery around every corner, up every mountain, and down each river. And, while unbroken wilderness is always nearby, our villages are conveniently scattered throughout the region. We're the place where small towns and big outdoors come together with beautiful results!
Surrounding the quaint, classic small towns, Hamilton County is full of incredible wild, unspoiled mountains, vistas, lakes, rivers, and historic sites. Whether you're here for a day or a week, discover all the ways you can experience the Adirondacks! We've got destinations and activities for casual travelers, backcountry hikers, and more. Full of color and unique seasonal activities, fall is a gorgeous time to visit!
A few fast Adiron-facts:
- The term "vacation" was invented here! In the 1800s, city dwellers escaped from the heat and humidity of crowded areas by vacating to the Adirondacks!
- The Adirondack Mountains are made of rocks more than one billion years old. You can even see some of these rocks on the many waterfall or fire tower hikes in the area.
- Hamilton County is home to some of the wildest lakes in the Adirondacks, including Indian Lake, Lake Lila, and Raquette Lake. Raquette Lake is even the largest natural lake in the Adirondacks!
- History has often been made here. The first hotel in the nation to have electricity was in beautiful Blue Mountain Lake, and the Great Camp-style of architecture can be seen all around the area.
Love Your ADK
By taking the Love Your Adirondacks Pledge and practicing Leave No Trace ethics you can help ensure that the forests, waterways, and communities of the Adirondacks remain beautiful and unique for generations to come.