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First Wilderness Heritage Corridor

Byways and Heritage Areas

Communities along the Hudson River, upstream from Glens Falls and west of Lake George, have joined together to celebrate their shared history along the earliest route into the heart of the Adirondack wilderness. From the Great Falls of the Hudson, upriver to the dramatic Hudson River Gorge, the stream tumbles over falls and rapids, past dramatic cliffs of magnificent marble impregnated with sharp chunks of gneiss, then slows to flow easily through ice meadows, kept perpetually open by the annual scouring of spring ice floes. Communities include Chester, Corinth, Hadley, Johnsburg, Lake Luzerne, Stony Creek, Thurman and Warrensburg.

The First Wilderness Corridor guides you through the first true wilderness sought out by vacationers. Rediscover the beauty and recreation that the first vacationers enjoyed on their journey through the Hudson River Valley. Whether you tour the Corridor via car, rail, bike, kayak, canoe, raft or your own legs, you will experience the history that has shaped this region.

Streams of history flow through these valleys, reflecting "lives" that continue to unfold. Be sure to visit sites and interpretive exhibits throughout the region to track the overlapping threads of the Four Lives of The First Wilderness Corridor.

Natural Forces and Native Peoples shaped the landscape and culture of the inland waterway rich with resources.

Conflict and Settlement traces the exploration, warfare and peacekeeping activities of nation-building along the waterway.

Corridor of Commerce explores the trade in furs, timber, stone, minerals, farm products and technology that flows through these valleys.

Magnet for Tourism reveals the evolution of tourism and stewardship of the environment.

Identify And Describe The Management Organization

The First Wilderness Heritage Corridor is a New York State Scenic Byway operated by the Warren County Planning Department.

What Are The “Don’t Miss” Experiences Along The Byway Or Heritage Area

In the First Wilderness Heritage Corridor, there's always something to do in the wilderness, rain or shine, in snow or summer afternoons. Take advantage of our beautiful waters by raft, kayak, or whatever you prefer, and enjoy hiking or hunting in our vast untamed mountain wilderness.