Interstate 87: Adirondack Northway
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New York State is easily the best value and shortest trip for any type of outdoorsman be it snowmobilers, backpackers, hunters, fishermen, rivers, etc. It packs more state land and public access points than New England and Pennsylvania combined. Our hunting and fishing licenses are great deals because they entitle an outsider to access all the state lands. The Adirondacks have 6 million acres, which 60%, or 3.6 million acres, are state land open for all to use. NY Route 30 goes straight through the Central Adirondacks which boast more wilderness, less people and lower prices than the High Peaks-Placid-Saranac region or the Northway, I-87, Lake Champlain corridor.
I-87 is totally in New York State, so it really isn't an interstate, but it is international road. The southernmost part of I-87 is the Major Deegan Expressway in the Bronx, NYC. It starts on the East River at the Bruckner Expressway, I-287, near the Triboro Bridge. Obviously, it isn't too scenic down there. When it crosses into Westchester County, it becomes the southern part of the New York State Thruway. It then proceeds north 148 miles to Albany, where as the Thruway bends west, you have to get off at Exit 24 to keep on I-87. If you don't get off and stay on the Thruway, you will be on I-90 West and heading to Buffalo, BIG MISTAKE! There are signs directing you to I-87 on the Thruway before Exit 24 but none specifically for the Adirondack Northway. The Adirondack Northway begins at Exit 24 of the Thruway in Albany. The first 12 odd exits are pretty much part of the Albany suburban scene. The Northway enters the Adirondack Park between Exits 20 + 21 where it crosses into the Town of Lake George from the Town of Queensbury. It then proceeds along the eastern edge of the Adirondack Park just west of Lake Champlain until it comes to the border with Quebec, Canada. In Canada, the extension into Montreal is called Provincial 15. Though this part is technically limited access, it is much poorer in quality to our Northway.
You can call New York Department of Transportation at (518) 457-6195
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