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N'ville-Placid Trail being rerouted

Monday, April 07, 2014 - Updated: 6:27 PM

By CRISTINE MEIXNER

Editor

NORTHVILLE -- The celebrated Northville-Placid Trail will soon have a new trailhead here, at Waterfront Park on The Little Lake behind Main St. businesses.

Currently, hikers who begin in Northville have to walk Bridge St. to State Route 30 and then Benson Road before getting to the woods.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is extending the trail, and will also build a parking lot and kiosk.

The work, started last year, relocates the beginning of the NPT off Rt. 30 and the Benson Road to the Shaker Mountain Wild Forest and the Silver Lake Wilderness. The new trail will intersect the old trail by the crossing of the North Branch of West Stoney Creek.

An ADK National Trails Day & Festival June 7-8 will celebrate both the new route and the 90th anniversary of the Northville-Placid Trail. All activities are free and sponsored by the Adirondack Mountain Club in conjunction with the Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Northville Merchants Association.

There will be family-friendly activities (horse and wagon hayrides, bounce house, petting zoo, Smokey Bear), exhibits, Adirondack authors, chainsaw carving demonstrations, a NASCAR simulator, food and craft vendors, live music and more.

The highlight will be dedications starting at 3:30 p.m. The Village of Northville will have a ribbon cutting commemorating a new rustic archway at the park's entrance, and the DEC will unveil the new kiosk that will mark the official beginning or end point of the NPT.

NOT DONE YET

The rerouting will not be finished by June 7. The Silver Lake portion was tackled last year, and work on the Shaker Mt. section will start when the snow melts.

The 133-mile trail was the first trail project by the Adirondack Mountain Club after it was formed in 1922. It was completed in 1924 and donated to the State of New York in 1927.

Most of it is in Hamilton County, passing through what many consider the wildest and most remote parts of the Adirondack Park, notably the high plateau that encompasses the Spruce, West Canada, and Cedar lakes area, along with that of the Cold River, according to www.nptrail.org/.

     

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