ADIRONDACK WILDERNESS ADVOCATES: Dedicated to promoting the knowledge, enjoyment, expansion, and protection of the Adirondack Park’s wildest places!

Donate Today!

Now is the perfect opportunity to support what matters! This year, AWA has been working to protect the Adirondacks by advocating for your interests on the High Peaks Strategic Planning Advisory Group; creating a visitor use app to educate recreationalists and collect data for local land managers; and working to restore access to Cathead Mountain, an action which could lead to a significant boundary expansion of the Silver Lake Wilderness. But we can’t do this without you! Your gift will support our mission of promoting the knowledge, enjoyment, expansion, and protection of the Adirondack Park’s wildest places.


Sharing the benefits of wilderness to both human and natural communities.


Promoting the enjoyment of all Adirondack lands and waters through responsible low-impact recreation.


Advocating for the expansion of key wilderness areas in the Adirondack Park.


Serving as a voice for the protection of the Adirondack Park.

Wild Thoughts Podcast #5: The Importance of Advocacy


In this installment of the Wild Thoughts Podcast, Craig McGowan interviews AWA cofounders Pete Nelson and Bill Ingersoll about the importance of wilderness advocacy in the Adirondacks. What is it, and how has it shaped the history of the Adirondack Park?

Ski Jenkins!


Beginning with the 2022-2023 winter season, the Jenkins Mountain Open Woods Ski Zone is open to backcountry skiers! These trails represent the first officially-maintained backcountry ski zone in the Adirondacks outside of Gore and Whiteface.

Meet AWA at Albany Winter Sports Expo


Join Adirondack Wilderness Advocates at the 2022 Adirondack Sports & Northeast Ski Expo in Albany! AWA’s booth will provide information on many of our current advocacy efforts.

Visitor Use Management

Adirondack Wilderness Advocates is working with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, local governments, and other partners to push for a comprehensive visitor use management plan for the High Peaks Region.

Explore the Wilderness!

The wilderness areas of the Adirondack Park are huge and protect many distinct habitats. Get started on your next adventure by learning about each area! Download vintage topographic maps, read historical texts, learn about the management concerns — and more. New area descriptions added frequently!