Parks & Trails New York is the only organization working statewide to protect New York’s parks and trails and help communities create new parks and trails. Founded in 1985, Parks & Trails New York has grown from a small group of park advocates to over 5000 members and supporters from every region of the state.

Parks & Trails New York is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization as defined by the IRS. Our mission is to expand, protect and promote a network of parks, trails, and open spaces throughout our state for use and enjoyment by all.

As one of the most developed states in the nation, New York’s parks and open spaces are especially precious. They provide places for people to play, picnic, exercise and relax, and for plants and wildlife to survive. They preserve historic landscapes, keep us in touch with our state’s natural history, and provide a respite from urban and suburban sprawl.

New kinds of parks, such as greenways, rail and canal trails, and other linear parks, provide green corridors connecting cities, villages, countryside, and natural areas. Heritage corridors protect and promote regional and state history. All of these parks-both traditional and new-play a role in the quality of life for all New Yorkers.

In celebration of our 20th anniversary, Parks & Trails New York created a timeline of our accomplishments since 1985. The timeline lists some of the trails, parks, greenways, and other open spaces we have helped create or protect in the years since a small group of parks advocates decided that New York needed a statewide group to advocate for and help build a statewide green network of parks and trails.

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  1. Tom Wemett says:

    New Web Site Devoted to the Northville Placid Trail

    The Northville Placid Trail Subcommittee of the Adirondack Mountain Club’s Trails Committee is proud to announce the creation of a new Web site devoted to the Northville Placid Trail – http://www.nptrail.org

    The NPT, which stretches 133 miles through some of the wildest and most remote parts of the Adirondack Park, was the first project undertaken by the Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) after it was formed in 1922. The Web site was developed by Tom Wemett, chair of the Northville Placid Trail Subcommittee and a self-described
    “NPT fanatic.”

    This Web site is a dream come true. I’ve had this idea for at least the last six years and registered the domain name six years ago. I’ve thru-hiked, section-hiked and weekend hiked the Northville Placid Trail numerous times, and I am always
    awestruck by the solitude, wildness and beauty of the NPT.

    The new Web site (www.nptrail.org) provides information about planning a hike on the NPT as well as information on the latest trail conditions as reported by fellow hikers, NPT trail stewards, ADK trails staff and state Department of Environmental Conservation personnel. The primary goal of the Web site is to provide a single source of timely, updated information about hiking conditions on the Northville Placid Trail.

    The site also includes an electronic form that allows hikers to easily report the latest trail conditions and provide timely information to fellow hikers as well as general
    hiking information and links to communities and businesses that are easily
    accessible from the trail, such as food stores, restaurants and places to stay and camp.

    The ADK Trails Committee formed the NPT Subcommittee in October 2006 with the
    Vision: “To protect, preserve and promote the Northville Placid Trail as a premier foot
    path for such activities as hiking, backpacking, snowshoeing and cross-country
    skiing and as a unique back-country wilderness recreation destination and experience.”

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