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A new recreational trail

The Adirondack Rail Trail is a 34-mile recreational trail that will be open year-round, offering adventurous travel to every age and ability in the Adirondacks. This vehicle-free, multi-use trail connects the scenic communities of Lake Placid, Ray Brook, Saranac Lake, Lake Clear, and Tupper Lake, offering outdoorsmen an up-close way to travel between their favorite communities and trails across the Adirondacks. All this in a peaceful, scenic setting along a path with no more than a 2% grade!

Although the Adirondack Rail Trail will not reach full completion until 2025, parts of it are available to use. The usable section of the trail includes the 9 mile stretch from Lake Placid to Saranac Lake, and any parts of the route not yet under construction. While it is open, the section is rough with areas of mud and water on the trail. Because of this, it is best to use caution while out on the trail. During active construction, the trail will not be open. 

Spring on the trail

Springtime brings with it new life in the Adirondacks! The trees are budding, new critters populate the forests, and we can get back to our favorite pastimes on the Adirondack Rail Trail. Enjoy routes that will connect you to your favorite towns, cycle on a maximum of a 2% grade through densely-wooded forests, and experience new growth in the varying ecosystems that reside here, all from the comfort of a well-groomed trail. 

Nature walks / hiking

Recreators will enjoy peaceful walks through the backcountry of the Adirondacks, getting up close with the unique environments that make up this stunning region. Away from roads that generate noise, those out and about will have the chance to spot unique birds, plants, and mammals, or simply get lost in the natural ambiance of the forests and lakes around the path. While conditions may still be muddy in spring, it is important to wear proper footwear, and use trekking poles where unstable surfaces remain. The Adirondack Rail Trail also serves as the perfect way to warm up for your favorite hiking trail, without making your muscles too sore.

Cycling 

If you've ever taken a road trip through the Adirondacks, you know our roads consist of steep climbs and narrow turns. While this may be a seasoned cyclist's paradise, we all sometimes need a break from giant mountain climbs. The Adirondack Rail Trail offers cyclists a calm trail that remains flat throughout, perfect for any level! Corridor conditions include a mixed variety of surfaces ranging from large, crushed stone to sand. Occasional rail tie fragments and small metal pieces remain in the corridor. It is essential that riders come extremely cautious and be prepared with tools in case of a flat tire. Use of road bikes with thin tires are not recommended at this time.

 

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Are e-bikes and motorized vehicles permitted?

Motorized vehicles, aside from snowmobiles and Class 1 e-bikes, are prohibited on the entire corridor in all seasons. Class 2 and 3 e-bikes are not allowed. This will be enforced with gates, bollards, and law enforcement patrol and checkpoints. The restriction on public use of ATVs, automobiles, and other motor vehicles complies with the guidelines set forth in the Adirondack Park Master Plan and is in accordance with New York State law. 

Is the trail paved/wheelchair friendly?

Yes, the trail will be wheelchair-friendly, however, it is best to check if your equipment is suited for outdoor recreation. The trail is designed to be accessible by people of all abilities to the maximum extent practicable.

Parts of the trail will be paved, including the section running through the Village of Saranac Lake. Most of the trail will consist of heavily compacted stone dust. The material will support running, walking, and cycling; including road bikes, hybrids, mountain bikes, recumbents, fat bikes and Class 1 e-bikes. 

How much of the trail is available to use?

The 9-mile stretch between Saranac Lake and Lake Placid is now open! Any parts of the trail are open when not in active construction. During construction, various sections of the 34-mile trail may be closed to the public.  

Parts of the trail under construction: 

Saranac Lake to Floodwood: UNDER CONSTRUCTION! Do not use the trail until construction is complete.