“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

In 1995, Warren County, New York purchased the forty-mile right-of-way for the former Adirondack Branch of the Delaware and Hudson Railroad, extending from the town of Corinth in Saratoga County to the hamlet of North Creek in the Warren County town of Johnsburg. Since the 1860s, that rail line has played a central role in various aspects of Adirondack life. Its original passenger service fostered the proliferation of great camps at the turn of the last century. Its freight operations supported the growth of the wood and paper industries and served as a vital link for mining operations in Tahawus. In the aftermath of the 1932 Lake Placid Olympics, it transported the first generation of downhill skiers from points south to Gore Mountain.
Following its acquisition by the County, the former Adirondack Branch is taking on a new role in the region. The line remains available to provide freight service to local industry. It has also become the focus of tourism development activities along the Northern Hudson River. A tourism excursion railroad is now operating on the track featuring roundtrips from North Creek to Saratoga Springs, where it connects up with Amtrak and service to New York City and other major destinations. Warren County is actively developing ways to expand the tourism potential of the railroad right-of-way as a springboard to enhance tourism and economic development along the entire Northern Hudson Corridor from Saratoga Springs to Tahawus.
The First Wilderness Heritage 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 Byway, 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.