Stage One: Lake Placid to Tupper Lake Trail Development Plan
The purpose of this study is to present options for the development of a recreational and economic resource for the Adirondack region between Lake Placid and Tupper Lake.
The 34-mile segment of the Adirondack Rail Trail covered in this report will connect the communities of Lake Placid, Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake (the Tri-Lakes Area) as they have never been connected before. Tourists, seasonal homeowners and permanent residents will all benefit from this rail-trail conversion. The recreational trail will serve young and old, families with small children, persons of all physical abilities, including wheelchair users, nature lovers and history buffs, cyclists, runners, walkers, bird watchers and snowmobilers in season.
In addition to linking three major Adirondack communities, this initial segment of the Adirondack Rail Trail will traverse remarkable countryside and wild lands, skirting the St. Regis Canoe Area on one side and a network of connected waterways on the other. Mountains, wetlands, lakes and ponds abound. The region’s rich history, both natural and cultural, could be highlighted along the way.
When the final segment is completed between Tupper Lake and Old Forge, the 90-mile Adirondack Rail Trail will provide a truly memorable wilderness recreation route — comparable with some of the most successful rail-trails in the country, and all within a day’s drive of 80 million people!
This Trail Development Plan builds upon and refines work performed previously to evaluate the potential for using the nine-mile corridor between Saranac Lake to Lake Placid as a recreational path, and a 2011 study of the costs and benefits of either extending rail service another 25 miles to Tupper Lake or replacing the Lake Placid-to-Tupper Lake corridor with a recreation trail. This trail would be the first step in the development of a 90-mile rail-trail between Lake Placid and Old Forge.
The goal of this study is to define the trail and determine additional steps required to proceed to the design and construction stages.
Published July 01, 2012
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