New York State has undertaken a review of its management plan for the State-owned 119-mile Remsen-Lake Placid travel corridor that traverses some of the most magnificent scenery in the Adirondack Park. The state departments of Transportation (DOT) and Environmental Conservation (DEC) are now seeking public input on which to base their decision.
This provides and opportunity for the public to examine and shape the future use of this corridor. Several communities along the line are supporting an effort to convert a significant portion of the line into a multi-use trail. The charge’s leading organization Adirondack Recreation Trail Advocates, have crafted a detailed plan for an Adirondack Rail Trail, illustrated on this map. The organization’s goal is to re-purpose much of the travel corridor as a 90-mile, multi-use trail connecting Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake, Piercefield, Beaver River, Big Moose and Old Forge.
The Adirondack Rail Trail will be a major tourist destination–a safe, easy, scenic, year-round amenity for people of all ages and physical abilities. The trail will be a delight for biking, jogging, walking, birding, wheelchair use, etc., and for greatly improved snowmobiling in the winter. Based on the popularity of other rail-to-trail conversions, the Adirondack Rail Trail will provide significant economic, recreational and health benefits.
The opportunity to express support for the recreational trail is available today. One can do so by submitting a written comment attending one of the state-sponsored September meetings (or by doing both).
The public meetings, all this month, are as follows:
- Old Forge: Monday, Sept. 9, 6-9 p.m., Town of Webb Office Bldg., 183 Park Ave.
- Ray Brook: Tuesday, Sept. 10, 1-4 p.m., DEC Region 5 headquarters
- Utica: Monday, Sept. 16, 1-4 p.m., State Office Bldg., 207 Genesee St.
- Tupper Lake: Tuesday, Sept. 17, 6-9 p.m., Wild Center
Written comments should be submitted by Sept. 25 to:
NYSTravelCorridor@dot.ny.gov, faxed to 518-457-3183, or mailed to Raymond F. Hessinger, Freight & Passenger Rail Bureau, NYSDOT, 50 Wolf Rd., POD 54, Albany, NY 12232.
By adding your voice to the support for The Adirondack Recreational Trail, you will help ensure that this publicly-owned resource will bring significant economic, health, and quality of life benefits to the Adirondack communities that the line connects.