Adirondack Mountains, New York State

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The Adirondack Mountains form a massif in the northeast of Upstate New York in the United States. Its boundaries correspond to the boundaries of Adirondack Park. The mountains form a roughly circular dome, about 160mi in diameter and about 1mi high. The current relief owes much to glaciation.HistoryThe earliest written use of the name, spelled Rontaks, was in 1724 by the French missionary Joseph-François Lafitau. He defined it as tree eaters. In the Mohawk language, Adirondack means porcupine, an animal that may eat bark. The Mohawks had no written language at the time so Europeans have used various phonetic spellings. An English map from 1761 labels it simply Deer Hunting Country and the mountains were named Adirondacks in 1837 by Ebenezer Emmons.People first arrived in the area following the settlement of the Americas around 10,000 BC. The Algonquian peoples and the Mohawk nation used the Adirondacks for hunting and travel but did not settle. European colonisation of the area began with Samuel de Champlain visiting what is now Ticonderoga in 1609, and Jesuit missionary Isaac Jogues visited the region in 1642.
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  • August 16, 2017
    The Chateaugay Lakes in the Northern Adirondacks are only about 30 miles from Canada, and are stunning in their beauty. The upper and lower lakes are connected by a narrows waterway, and flow into the...  more »
  • July 26, 2017
    Bring good walking shoes, binoculars, water bottle. Very scenic mountain range. Beautiful views - hills, trees, stream. Absolutely breathtaking. Many hiking trails. Fresh air. The Aroma of pine is won...  more »
  • July 10, 2017
    Great time in the adirondacks. Had a little rain which dampened our spirits a little, and our camping spirits. Every little town, so cute and quaint. You could stay here easy for a week! Our highlight...  more »

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