Earlier this month, the Department of Environmental Conservation announced that its Community Connector Trail Plan has been finalized, and that construction would begin on the 40-mile multiple-use trail system immediately. This week, another step was taken toward connecting the towns of Newcomb, Minerva, Indian Lake, Long Lake, and North Hudson, as the DEC announced that it will develop a lodging network to further link those communities.
This network of multi-use trails will seek to attract visitors to the area who wish to stay and take advantage of recreational opportunities for more than one day. The “Hut-to-Hut” system, as it’s called, will link lodging venues and other amenities to make it easy for people to have extended stays in the region.
In a statement, the DEC said, “When complete, this new recreational opportunity in this region of the Park will give another economic boost to the Adirondack community by creating incentives for the expansion of local lodging and amenities for visitors.”
Leading E.D.G.E., LLC has been enlisted by the DEC to develop a plan for the trail network that will run between existing lodging sites, as well as places where future venues could be built. A proposal is expected to be released for the public to review and comment on early in 2016.
Hamilton County Board of Supervisors Chair Bill Farber said in the statement, “This Hut-to-Hut initiative will recognize existing visitor services and accommodation infrastructure needs within the communities and identify the gaps in connecting recreation opportunities on public and conservation easement lands to the amenities located in communities.”
Stay tuned for more updates on the Hut-to-Hut trail system as it is mapped out in the “Upper Hudson Recreation Hub” of the Adirondacks!
- DEC: DEC Launches Initiative to Develop Unique Lodging Network to Connect Communities in the Adirondacks