Explore Dresden New York

Located within the Adirondack Park, Dresden New York is nothing but scenic. Explore the NYSDEC Forever Wild Forest Preserve for bird-watching, hit the trails and enjoy the views across Lake George or Lake Champlain — both lakes border the town!

With so many natural attractions in one area, you can make a day simply taking in the Adirondack beauty of Washington County!

A Brief History of Dresden New York

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1700s

During the late colonial period, Dresden was on “the Great War Path” connecting French and British colonies; it has remained a hub for travelers ever since. It was first settled in 1784, and early industries included lumbering and maple syrup preparation.

1800s

The completion of the Champlain Canal increased transportation and carried folks through Dresden, known then as “one of the most beautiful towns in the Adirondacks.”

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1800s

The completion of the Champlain Canal increased transportation and carried folks through Dresden, known then as “one of the most beautiful towns in the Adirondacks.”

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1900s

An eastward expansion of the Adirondack Park brought Lake George and its communities, including Dresden, within park boundaries in 1931.

Today

While remote, the town remains a major tourism destination for outdoor enthusiasts. It’s home to trailheads for a number of hiking trails, including Adirondack high peaks, boat launches on Lake Champlain and Lake George, and native wildlife.

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Today

While remote, the town remains a major tourism destination for outdoor enthusiasts. It’s home to trailheads for a number of hiking trails, including Adirondack high peaks, boat launches on Lake Champlain and Lake George, and native wildlife.

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Dresden (defined by Lake George on the west and Lake Champlain, Vermont, and the town of Whitehall on the east) is located within the Adirondack Park in upstate NY. Bordered by Lake George on the west and Lake Champlain on the east.

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