June 8, 2014

Adirondack route for national trail proposed

ALBANY — The State Department of Environmental Conservation has released a revised draft Adirondack Park Trail Plan for the North Country National Scenic Trail.

The plan includes recommendations for the route the national trail would take through the Adirondacks.

“The North Country Trail will build on the existing network of trails in the region and increase outdoor recreation opportunities for New Yorkers and visitors," Commissioner Joe Martens said in a news release.

"We encourage people to review the plan and provide input to ensure the trail will be a great addition to the magnificent Adirondacks.”



In March 1980, federal legislation authorized the establishment of the North Country National Scenic Trail.

Since then, Congress has authorized the establishment of eight National Scenic Trails — long-distance, non-motorized trails that follow major geographic features or pass through scenic areas.

National Scenic Trails are patterned after the renowned Appalachian National Scenic Trail, commonly known as the Appalachian Trail.

The projected length of the North Country Trail is about 4,600 miles, stretching across the northern tier of the United States.

Around 2,000 miles have already been completed.

Under federal law, the trail is being developed and managed through a federal-state-local-private partnership, with the National Park Service providing overall administration and coordination.



In November 2007, DEC released the Draft Adirondack Park Trail Plan for public comment and review.

The plan described a proposed route for the trail across the central region of the Adirondack Park.

Revisions to that plan were made based on public comment and information gained from scouting trail alternatives. 

The revised plan recommends following about 81 miles of existing foot trails and constructing 38 miles of new trails within the park.

About 39 miles of temporary connections along roads would be used initially to make links along this route.



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