The Adirondack Region is known as a top-notch hiking, paddling, and camping destination, but it’s continuing to attract more and more mountain bikers – and for a good reason! Earlier this month, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced an expansion of the mountain bike trail network in the Wilmington Wild Forest. Upgrades have been made and further changes are planned as part of Governor Cuomo’s Adventure NY initiative.
What Are The Changes?
Earlier this summer, National Geographic recognized Wilmington as one of the “Best Mountain Biking Towns in America.” With DEC’s strategic plans, Wilmington has been able to expand its trail systems and bike culture.
More than 1.5 miles of bike trails have been added to the existing Beaver Brook Trail Network, including:
- The new 1-mile Ante Up Trail, constructed by Adirondack Mountain Club Professional Crew (ADK Pro Crew) and Barkeater Trail Alliance (BETA) volunteers
- The new 0.25-mile Beaver Brook View Trail, constructed by BETA volunteers
- A new 0.3 mile section of the Lost Farm Trail, constructed by BETA volunteers
In a statement, Wilmington Town Supervisor Randy Preston commented on the success of mountain biking in the area saying, “The key has been the partnership between DEC, the town and BETA. DEC has listened to our requests and together we have developed the finest mountain biking trails in the Adirondacks.”
Any Future Plans?
Under Governor Cuomo’s Adventure NY initiative, the DEC is making investments to expand public access to outdoor recreation. Adventure NY seeks to connect New York residents and visitors to nature while protecting our natural resources. In Wilmington, bikers can expect multiple additions to their recreation space, including:
- ADK Pro Crew will construct a bridge over Beaver Brook to complete the Lost Farm Trail
- This summer, an Excelsior Conservation Corps work crew will improve the Beaver Brook View Trail to meet accessible trail standards allowing access to people with mobility disabilities
- An additional 2 miles will be added to the Flume Trail Network, including a connector trail to Wilmington Reservoir
With more reasons than ever to visit the Adirondacks, grab your bike, tent or paddle and go!