Lake George Wild Forest set to add more than 800 acres thanks to a purchase by the Open Space Institute. The property will eventually be transferred to New York State for inclusion in the Adirondack Forest Preserve.

According to a press release from the Open Space Institute, the purchase is expected to improve public trails once integrated into the existing forest. The property is known as Huckleberry Mountain Forest and features views of the Hudson River and a high plateau with great views of the surrounding mountains.

Open Space Institute President and CEO Kim Elliman says the purchase is important for several reasons.

The Huckleberry Mountain Forest property will ensure the preservation of beautiful scenery and buffer the Hudson River, while keeping the land in the hands of the public. This project represents the best type of land protection made possible by the state’s Environmental Protection Fund.

Overall Lake George Wild Forest is made up of more than 70,000 acres with many miles of trails to explore. The transfer to state control is expected to take up to three years.