For outdoor enthusiasts, staying at home and self-quarantining are challenging tasks. It goes against our strong desire to adventure far and wide. However, we can satiate that need to explore right now by connecting with the Adirondack Park through the pages of a book. Whether you are looking to plan a future trip or to immerse yourself in the Park’s rich history, we have something for you. Here are five ADK publications to help pass the time. All of these and more can be found online here.


The Adirondack Reader

An anthology of 400 years of Adirondack writers, The Adirondack Reader brings an array of experiences and perspectives to the table. Wonder why the bridges in Avalanche Pass are called Hitch-up Matildas? Want to read a first-hand account of the first ascent of Marcy? All of that and more can be found deep in the pages of this collection.

ADK Guidebooks

Want to recreate outside locally but don’t know where to go? Check out one of our guidebooks. We have them for all parts of the Adirondack Park and the Catskills covering activities from hiking to skiing to paddling. Whether you are interested in seeing waterfalls or exploring lesser known areas, we have something for you.

The Trails of the Adirondacks

Featuring photographs by Carl Heilman II and text by Adirondac editor Neal Burdick, The Trails of the Adirondacks is a celebration of America’s original hiking destination. Each page contains rich images of the Adirondack backcountry, as well as the history of these beguiling trails.

Adirondack Archangels: Guardians of the High Peaks

A tribute to Dr. Edwin H. Ketchledge, an acclaimed scientist and founding member of the Summit Stewardship Program, Adirondack Archangels is a collection of essays about individuals who made a difference in protecting the Adirondack Park. Each chapter is written either about or by one of these individuals and includes rich stories that speak to the deep cultural and ecological significance of the Adirondacks.

No Place I’d Rather Be

Tall tales, bugs, love stories, and the privy all feature in this collection of entries pulled from Adirondack lean-to journals and interwoven with the writer’s own trail experiences and perceptions. The resulting book offers glimpses of life on the trail that are by turns inspirational, hilarious, pathetic, thoughtful—as distinct from one another as the days.