Adirondack Lean-tos

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Public Adirondack Lean-tos

The State of New York owns or controls more than half of the six million acres in the Adirondacks.  Most of this is protected by Section One of Article 14 of the State’s Constitution, known as the Forever Wild Clause:  “The lands of the state, now owner or hereafter acquired, constituting the forest preserve as now fixed be law, shall be forever kept as wild forest lands.”


As a result, there are vast tracts of land where we can enjoy the “untrammeled” wilderness. While we all enjoy getting away from civilization, most of us love the sight of an Adirondack Lean-to, which is the unique exception to this clause. We are thankful for this had hope for not only the preservation of the wilderness, but also the beloved lean-tos of Adirondacks.


There are several hundred public lean-tos in the Adirondacks and Catskills.  These refuges are generally open to the public on a first-come-first-serve basis.  Some lean-tos require a permit.  Mill and Hammer is working on a comprehensive list and location map for these structures.


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