“If there is one thing the history of the Adirondacks teaches, it’s that the meaning of
wilderness, like love, changes as soon as it’s defined.”
Paul Schneider. The Adirondacks: A History of America’s First Wilderness. Henry Holt & Company, 1996

The First Wilderness Heritage Corridor connects the communities from Corinth to North River, along the upper Hudson River, the first route into the heart of the Adirondacks. The Corridor reminds travelers that “nature” is a compelling presence in everyday life. Rough and unforgiving terrain that includes large amounts of uncultivated meadows and re-forested hillsides dominate the landscape. The centuries old mighty Hudson and its tributaries, the Sacandaga and Schroon Rivers still link the “Endless Forests” to the north, with the domesticated settled communities to the south. Railroads and roadways supplement the waterways that served as earliest the highways into and out of the Adirondack wilderness.
The importance of the landscape, its natural resources, and the historic role they played and still play in shaping the people and communities can be gleaned from traveling the Corridor. Travelers and residents experience a reflective and exciting journey through low-impact and accessible amenities.The territory still resists efforts to be cultivated or developed for anything other than recreation, forestry, and mining. Signs of more rugged and independent lifestyles are evident in the remote community settlements that still exist in this challenging and beautiful landscape. Despite the rough and primitive nature of the Corridor, visitor amenities and opportunities to sample the region’s assets are plentiful. Much of the Corridor’s history remains visible to the traveler in the daily and seasonal rhythms of the wild rivers, diverse landscapes, and unusual outpost communities.
We invite you to explore the many wonderful communities, recreational opportunities, attractions and historic sites that populate the Corridor, using the links above.  Adventure awaits!

 The First Wilderness Heritage Corridor is managed through the Warren County Planning Department, with assistance from the New York State Department of State.  For more information, please contact the First Wilderness Heritage Corridor Coordinator at 518-761-6410.