Rail Trail Status Updates

This is where we will post updates as the build-out and operation of the Adirondack Rail Trail progresses


July 1, 2022
Adirondack Rail Trail Associates kick off their support for the businesses that will benefit from 250,000 expected visitors.

NYSDEC takes control of the Adirondack Rail-Trail

March 14, 2022
New York State Announces Milestone in Advancement of Adirondack Rail Trail: Transfer of Jurisdiction from DOT to DEC for Tupper Lake-to-Lake Placid Section

Rail Trail Status Update

September 15, 2021
Plans are firming for completion of the trail. A tentative schedule for completions follows:

Push-back on construction delays

June 10, 2021
The advocacy group that has for over a decade pressed the state to build the 34-mile recreational trail between Lake Placid and Tupper Lake, Adirondack Recreational Trail Advocates (ARTA), has sent an open letter to Governor Cuomo and the responsible state agencies requesting that the 3+ year construction project be accelerated.

Rails removed

April 21, 2021
Rails between Tupper Lake and Lake Placid have been removed

Rail trail construction started

September 21, 2020
The first stage of constructing the Adirondack Rail Trail has begun

Hearings favor recreation

December 10, 2019
Meeting participants weigh in heavily in favor of removing rails

Revised Unit Management Plan published

November 23, 2019
The NYSDEC and NYSDOT publish a revised Unit Management Plan for the corridor

APA Sends Recommendation to Governor

December 23, 2018
The New York State Adirondack Park Agency recommended an amendment to the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan (SLMP) to change the Travel Corridors definition

APA Hearings to be held soon

March 9, 2018

State Land Master Plan to be amended

March 6, 2018
APA hearing will decide on modifying the SLMP to allow for rail trails

More municipalities react to court ruling!

December 12, 2017
The Village of Saranac Lake has joined St Lawrence County, the Village of Lake Placid, the Beaver River Property Owners, and the towns of Piercefield, North Elba, Colton and Tupper Lake in expressing concerns about invalidation of 2016 Management Plan and in calling for the Adirondack Rail Trail to be built as planned.

2017 Trail Town Guide released

December 7, 2017
Ten years in the making, the 2017 Trail Town Guide is here

State appeals Adirondack rail trail ruling

November 3, 2017
The state Attorney General's office has filed a notice of appeal to Judge Main's ruling

Parks & Trails Letter to the Governor

October 26, 2017
Parks and Trails New York asks Governor Cuomo to appeal the court ruling and/or revise the State Land Use Master Plan to accommodate rail-trails.

Parks and Trails New York (PTNY) Asks State to Intervene

October 13, 2017
PTNY will continue to support the development of the Adirondack Rail Trail


September 30, 2017
The court has ruled in favor of the plaintiffs in all three of their complaints and has vacated the 2016 Unit Management Plan.

Does the State own the rail corridor?

May 16, 2017
There have been a number of claims that people along the corridor granted the State an easement on land that they owned, rather than receiving easements to cross the State-owned corridor. Here is the State’s position:

Unit Management Plan

April 28, 2017
NYSDEC Releases Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor Unit Management Plan

DEC Releases Draft Adirondack Rail Trail Plan

April 25, 2017
The Draft Adirondack Rail Trail Conceptual Plan has been released for public review and comment.