2015 : Recreation


For Small Trail Systems Attracting Interest

Small Trail Systems Attracting Interest

There are examples of these small systems getting new attention. The Saranac Lake 6'ers has 300 members and is planning a winter 6'er program. The Cranberry Lake 50 and the Champlain Area Trail System (CATS) are two more examples. These trails provide the 2 hour long hikes that visitor surveys say are most desired.

Influenced Scenarios



29 Shorter Peaks to Become the 29er Set

With a goal is to draw people away from the high peaks, a hiking group has come up with a list of 29 lesser peaks to engage hikers.

Read the news story here.
They have a website here.

Bolton Embarking on Recreation Hub Strategy

The town has had help from Chazen Companies to come up with a plan to become a regional recreation hub.  Specific steps are called for in the plan.

Read the news about the plan here.

Lake Placid Sets Up a Small Mountain System, the 9er

The system includes 9 smaller peaks and is intended to draw newbies away from the High Peaks.  Five of the the nine peaks are actually in Keene.

Read the news story here.

CATS Acquires a Farm with a Key RR Crossing for Trails

The farm had been in the same family since 1814.  

Read the news story here.

LG Wins $40k to Rebuild Pilot Knob Trail

The project will rebuild the trail to improve walking and environmental protection.  It will include new educational signage.

See page 95 of the 2017 REDC grant awards booklet here.

More Small Trail Systems Come to Life

Short trail systems in new areas continue to build.  Hiking is not just about the high peaks any more.  People like shorter, easier hiking trails.

Read about the new 20 mile Chester Challenge here.
Read about a farm land extension to the CATS trails here.
Read about the Moriah Challenge here.

CATS and Lake Placid Conservancy Get Grants

Champlain Area Trails will see $30k for a conservation easement and a new trail.  Lake Placid Conservancy will see $25k for community conservation workshops in the region.

Read the news story here.

Tupper Lake Opens New Hiking Challenge

Tupper Lake now offers the "Tupper Lake Triad" a hiking challenge that includes three local peaks, Mount Arab, Coney Mountain and Goodman Mountain. Once completing all three, hikers or snowshoers will receive a decal and a hiker registration number. 

Read the news story here

4 Miles Trails Added to Lake Placid's Henry's Woods Trail System

The Uilhein Foundation has opened 4 more miles of trails on the Heaven Hill Farm property in Lake Placid. Henry's Woods trails opened on the property in 2009 for biking, snowshoeing, skiing and walking and have been very popular. The new Heaven Hill Trails will add the trails to the original system. 

Read the news story here

Wilmington Aims to be Mountain Bike Mecca

Now seeking UMP revisions to improve the trail network near town, Wilmington has been working on this for a while now and it is going well.

Read the news story here.

New Trail to OK Slip Falls Opens

This on on the new Finch lands acquired by the State.

Read the news story here.

DEC to Adopt Trails Near Tupper

These will add 7 miles of hiking and maintained x-country ski trails near Tupper Lake.

Read the news story here.

CATS Organized Inn-to-Inn Hike in May 2014

The Champlain Area Trail System Essex-to-Westport hike will show off a hamlet-to-hamlet route of 14 miles.  They held a Wadhams to Essex hike last season.

Read the news story here.

Hike-a-Thon to Promote Lake George Area Trails

The Lake George Land Conservancy owns quite a few preserves.  The Hike-A-Thon will promote use of these short systems in the region.

Read the news story here.

New 350 Acre Wildlife Refuge Being Created

On Lake George, the managed wildlife refuge will be a first in the Park.  Improvements will include access for school children, hikers and boaters.

Read about the project here.

DEC Releases New Plan for Easement Tract

The 19,000 acres timber easement allows for recreation access. It is the Kushaqua tract, in the towns of Brighton and Franklin.

Read the DEC press release here.  It has links to the plan.

Plan to Launch the "Winter 6'ers in Saranac Lake

Following the success of the 6'er program, which found 300 members this summer, the Town will launch a winter version of the same idea.

Read the news story about this here.

For Small Trail Systems Attracting Interest


Private Investments in Tourism Growing Throughout the Park


State Invests in Upgraded and New Visitor Amenities