This study explored visitor perceptions of environmental and social impacts of outdoor recreation on the summit of Cascade Mountain in the High Peaks Wilderness Complex of the Adirondack Park. Data were collected during the summer and fall of 2008 through an on-site survey of a representative sample of visitors (N = 198; 88% response rate). Only half of visitors reported noticing environmental impacts of recreation even though these impacts were extensive. However, most visitors reported some Level of perceived crowding. Prior experience at Cascade was positively related to perceptions of environmental impacts, but did not affect perceived crowding. More intensive management of Cascade is probably warranted to reduce environmental and social impacts of outdoor recreation and this might most effectively be done in the context of a management-by-objectives framework.



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