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Rules and Regulations
Different regions of the Adirondack Park have differing regulations tailored to their specific concerns. Research the regulations for the area you are planning to visit before you go. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) provides this information on their Web site.

More info: For camping in Adirondacks & Catskills
More info: For regional DEC Phone Numbers

If you are planning to hike or camp in the Adirondack High Peaks Wilderness Area (HPWA), be aware that this area is the most heavily used and regulated region of the Park. 

The HPWA is further split into Eastern and Western Zones, with the Eastern High Peaks being the more strictly regulated of the two. The Eastern High Peaks Zone is where the ADK's Heart Lake Program Center and Johns Brook Lodge are located, and carries several special regulations that visitors need to be aware of.

Major Regulations for the Adirondack High Peaks Wilderness Area

These regulations are needed to protect the wilderness resource from further decline and to ensure that conditions in the High Peaks Wilderness comply with the Wilderness Guidelines identified in the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan. A brief synopsis of the regulations is listed below; you may also reference the exact text on the DEC Web site.

Group Size Camping Campfires Miscellaneous
Additional regulations may apply.
Please review regulations at the trailhead before starting your trip.

The above information is provided as a public service of the Adirondack Mountain Club. For further information, contact the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, Region 5 Office, Route 86, Ray Brook, NY, 12977, 518-897-1200.

Regulations help protect the natural resources that we all use when we hike, camp, paddle, and climb by mandating environmentally and socially responsible behavior. While they may be restrictive at times, be aware that many regulations are in response to past overuse and abuse. The best way to prevent more regulations is to recreate responsibly!
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