Project Status

The first finished section opened on December 1, 2023. Fat-tire bikers, snowmobilers, snowshoers, kick-sledders, and cross-country skiers can all use the trail this winter.

Built by Kubricky Construction, Phase 1 stretches 10 miles from Lake Placid to Saranac Lake. Rifenburg Construction is under contract to extend the trail another 15 miles, as far as Floodwood Road, by next October. Also next year, bids will be awarded for the final phase, which will extend the trail 8.5 miles to Tupper Lake.

For more information click here to see a full description on the BikeAdk website.


The NYSDEC acquired jurisdiction of the 34-mile Adirondack Rail Trail (from Tupper Lake to Lake Placid) from NYSDOT. NYSDOT will maintain jurisdiction of the segment of the trail from Remsen to Tupper Lake. Rails have been removed between Tupper Lake and Lake Placid. 

Permits are required from the Adirondack Park Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers due to the corridor's passage through wetlands, permits that were not required previously due to a Federal Railways Act exemption for active railroads. In August 2022, the APA issued a permit for the trail to pass through wetlands. The Army Corp of Engineers awarded the final permits in October 2022. Construction on the 9-mile segment of the trail from Lake Placid to Saranac Lake (phase 1) began in November 2022 and completed in December 2023.  This section is open and in increasing use.

Phases 2 and 3 will take the trail from Saranac Lake to Tupper Lake. The contracts for Phase 2 have been awarded. Construction will begin soon and be completed by 2025.  The final surface will be multiple layers of gradually smaller crushed stone. This surface will be constructed consistent with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements and will accommodate bicycles, wheelchairs, and strollers when snow is not present. 

Please refer to the NYSDEC page for the Adirondack Rail Trail for the most current information on the trail's status and condition.