Ensuring Access and Collaboration on the Adirondack Rail Trail

The ongoing development of the Adirondack Rail Trail has stirred a range of issues, including access, promotion, and security, which were discussed at a recent public meeting held at the state Adirondack Park Agency headquarters in Ray Brook. The meeting, hosted by the state Department of Environmental Conservation, featured updates from project manager Keith Carrow and Lt. Forest Ranger Megan Lapierre, followed by a Q&A session.

Extending for 34 miles from Lake Placid to Tupper Lake and passing through Saranac Lake and Lake Clear, the multi-use trail is in the process of being surfaced with hard-packed limestone stone dust except around Saranac Lake where paving has occurred. The first phase from Lake Placid to Saranac Lake is set to conclude by November 8.

Forest rangers have intensified their presence along the trail to curb illegal activities, particularly unauthorized motorized vehicle use, which has led to around 20 to 30 tickets issued for offenses like ATV and dirt bike usage.

Furthermore, the trail's impact on local businesses has prompted discussions about signage, access, and fencing. Ensuring clear communication between the DEC and business owners, addressing safety concerns related to fencing, and establishing effective signage are key components in making the trail an asset to the community. As the trail nears completion, collaboration between stakeholders like ARTA and proactive measures to mitigate challenges will be pivotal in realizing its full potential.

Happy Trails!

Brian Woods
Executive Director
Adirondack Rail Trail Association

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