The Adirondacks are a mountainous are in north eastern New York State. These mountain ranges create a roughly circular massif. The highest point is Mount Marcy at 1628 m (5344 ft), which is also the highest peak in New York. Another significant peaks of the region are the Whiteface Mountain at 1466 m (4808 ft) to the north, The Kitty Coble and the Hamilton Mountain to the south.
The Hudson river originates from the slopes of Mt Marcy, the other notable rivers flowing from these mountain are the Mohawk, Raquette, and West Canada rivers. There are also numerous lakes in this area: Lake George, Great Sacandaga Lake, Oneida Lake and man more smaller ones. Lake Ontario marks the western boundary of the region.
Almost the whole region is covered by protected areas, and roughly 50% of it is classified as Wilderness Area. Eighteen Wilderness Areas have been designated to this area, the largest of those are the High Peaks Wilderness Area, West Canada Lake Wilderness Area and Five Ponds Wilderness. Area. The North Country National Scenic Trail runs through the Adirondacks while the Northville–Lake Placid Trail leads through the in a roughly south-north direction from Northville to Lake Placid.