About National Parks
The first National Park to be established was Yeloow Stone in 1912. By then most Eastern states, including New York State, had many state parks. In 1885 the Adirondack Park was declared to be "Forever Wild". It is still the largest park in the continental United States.
The Adirondack Park is not in the Finger Lakes. It is nearby and to not mention it would be a considerable omission.
The Adirondack Park is a publicly protected, elliptical area encompassing much of the northeastern lobe of Upstate New York. It is the largest park and the largest state-level protected area in the contiguous United States, and the largest National Historic Landmark.
The park covers some 6.1 million acres (2.5×106 ha), a land area roughly the size of Vermont and greater than theNational Parks of Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Glacier, and Great Smoky Mountains combined.