Autumn Landscape, Adirondacks

Photograph by Michael Melford, National Geographic

Sunlight dapples the shoulders of Algonquin and Wright, two of the more than 40 so-called High Peaks that rise above 4,000 feet. Once blighted by logging and industry, the region has undergone a renaissance of woods and waters.

See more pictures from the September 2011 feature story "Forever Wild."