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Existing and emerging trails in the Adirondacks are being added to what will become the longest hiking trail in the entire country.

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We know that the Adirondacks is the place to be when looking to escape into the outdoors, but how does it compare to the rest of the country? Well according to a recent Buzzfeed article listing the 15 best places to reunite with your college friends, the Adirondack Mountains ranked in the top ten at number eight, beating out some popular adventure destinations!

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Photo credit: Mike Tracy

In 2013, a controversial project was announced by the New York Departments of Environmental Conservation and Transportation to remove a 34-mile section of the Adirondack Scenic Railroad between Tupper Lake and Lake Placid and transform it into a multi-use trail. To combat this proposal, the Preservation League of New York State has recently included the endangered track in its annual "Seven to Save" list to help encourage negotiations about the track's future.

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Alice the Moose's 570-km (354-mi) journey in 2000 from the Adirondacks to Algonquin Park has inspired the development of an international nature trail following her footsteps. This trail would include existing routes and be available for locals and tourists alike.

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Since 2012, the Saratoga & North Creek Railway has operated a Snow Train throughout the winter so skiers could have an easy means of transportation to Gore Mountain. Due to lackluster ridership, though, the railway has made the difficult decision to eliminate the Snow Train, at least until March.

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Stony Creek's 1000 Acres Ranch now has a new owner after being auctioned off last week, and the successful bidder has big plans for the property.

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For the last six years, Big Tupper Ski Area has been run by a dedicated team of volunteers who formed the group Adirondack Residents Intent on Saving their Economy (ARISE). According to a recent report by Adirondack Daily Enterprise, the volunteers will be at it again, operating the mountain for a seventh, and presumably final, season.

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For the first time, the nature trail at Otter Creek Preserve is open to the public, giving everyone a chance to admire more than a hundred acres of natural beauty!

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Are you ready for ski season yet? Gore Mountain is! The family-friendly ski resort in North Creek recently announced several new improvements that skiers and snowboarders can look forward to when the mountain opens for the year.

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Fire towers played a significant role in Adirondack history, and many groups have dedicated themselves to restoring these relics. The recent rehabilitation of an 87-year-old tower is just one example of the work that is being done to preserve the vintage structures for future generations.

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Spruce Mountain Tower, photo provided by NYS DEC