The Adirondack Railroad once connected Utica and Lake Placid. Completed in 1892, this train through the Adirondack wilderness opened the region to a surge of tourists, health seekers and seasonal residents. Regular rail service on the line ended decades ago, and we now have the opportunity to convert the first 34 miles of this historic corridor into one of the nation's premier, year-round recreation trails for bicyclists, runners, walkers, birders, wheelchair users, and for greatly improved snowmobiling from December through March. The trail will serve young families, senior citizens, commuters, and long-distance adventurers. It will enable residents and visitors of all ages and physical abilities to enjoy safe, healthful exercise, commune with nature, and soak up Adirondack history. All this in a peaceful, safe, scenic setting along a path with no more than a 2% grade!
The Adirondack Rail Trail Associaiton (ARTA) is a trail-town association that represents and promotes the business and municipal interests along the 34-mile Adirondack Rail Trail. A 12-year-old not-for-profit, ARTA has represented over 13,000 citizens, 400 businesses and six representative governments in the effort to get this world-class all season trail to the construction stage.
Now that construction is underway, ARTA is again representing these stakeholders in the public-facing aspects of the project, providing visitor information through web, social media, and printed materials, and inter-community coordination through a diverse board that represents both commercial and governmental interests. Board representation is open to qualified business and municipal leaders.
ARTA is funded by grants, donations, member dues, underwriting, sponsorships, and merchandise sales. Donations to ARTA are tax-deductible. Adirondack Rail Trail is a trademark of the Adirondack Rail Trail Association to be used only with ARTA's permission.