Starting September 21, hikers visiting the Roaring Brook Falls trailhead in Keene will notice new signs popping up along the road. The DEC recently announced that parking will be prohibited along State Route 73, improving safety at the popular trailhead. Read on to learn more about the permanent roadside parking ban, plus what it means for hikers and drivers.
Keeping Hikers Safe
According to the DEC, parking will be prohibited on the shoulder of the northbound lane from the entrance of the trailhead parking area to the bridge over Putnam Brook. Additionally, hikers may not park along the shoulder of the southbound lane between the guide rails south of Putnam Brook Bridge. “No Parking” signs will be installed by this Friday, September 21.
Limited sight distance and narrow shoulders along the curvy Route 73 make parking on the highway particularly dangerous, especially on busy weekends. Visitors parking along the State Route open their doors into traffic and must cross the road to reach the trailhead, creating a hazard for hikers and drivers alike. The permanent parking prohibition will support ongoing efforts by the DEC and Department of Transportation to promote tourism while improving public safety in the Adirondacks.
Where to Park
The trailhead located off of Route 73 includes trails to Roaring Brook Falls, Giant Nubble, and Giant Washbowl. A connection to the Ridge Trail also provides access to the high peak Giant Mountain summit. Driving from the south, the trail’s parking lot will be on your right.
No more parking spaces left? To avoid the need to park outside of designated areas, the DEC is also encouraging hikers to check out similar hikes nearby. Find a dozen scenic trails located around the High Peaks at dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9163.html.