GIS and Mapping Resources for the Adirondacks

Hamilton College is one hour south of the Adirondack Mountains, home of the Adirondack State Park.  Here are a few mapping resources which might be useful in studying this area of beautiful landscapes and historic villages, landmarks in New York State history and economic challenges in the present.  Some resources are specific to the Adirondacks, while other sites are general resources which contain relevant material if one performs a well-defined search.

Adirondack-Specific Sites

So let's start with the Adirondack Park Agency's Maps and GIS page, which includes maps, spatial data, statistics and publications.

SUNY-ESF's Adirondack Ecological Center uses GIS in a number of their research projects, detailed here with some nice detail in the Unit Management Plans.

New York State GIS Resources

New York State data is maintained by the New York State GIS Clearinghouse.  You can search for anything you want from the GIS Data page.

NYS Orthos allows you to download data via an interactive application. Just zoom in to the area you want.

You can also download orthoimagery directly by county at NYS Statewide Digital Orthoimagery. The  county listing can be further refined by township.

The Cornell University Geospatial Information Repository is also a clearinghouse for information about New York State.  You can select "Adirondack Park" from the Browse Data page in the last column, "Spatial Series."

The New York State Museum provides a nice collection of datasets for New York State.  There is a separate "Adirondack sheet" for every category.

The Department of Environmental Conservation maintains its data via the NYS GIS Clearinghouse, but they do host an online map collection and interactive mapper tools.

National Sites

The USGS National Map Viewer and Download Platform includes layers of Elevation, Orthoimagery, Hydrography, Geographic Names, Boundaries, Transportation, Structures, and Land Cover data.

The USGS also manages Topo Quadrangles and Historical Topo Maps (these are digitized and geo-referenced).

You can find census data at American Factfinder including the new TIGER Products, which feature demographic data along with TIGER shapefiles.

Historical census data (1790-2012) is available free of charge from the National Historical GIS site.


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Last updated: November 21, 2019

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