Big plans for the Adirondack’s scenic rail trails

A portion of the new Adirondack rail trail, running between Lake Placid and Saranac Lake, has opened to winter traffic including snowmobiles, cross-country skiers, fat bikes, and snowshoers. The state broke ground on the rail trail in October, and the first phase of the 34-mile multi-use trail is scheduled to be completed by this fall at a cost of about 8-million dollars. Work on Phases 2 and 3 between Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake will finish up in 2025. While work on the new multi-use rail trail is moving ahead so too have plans to use the rest of that rail corridor to once again bring passenger trains and tourists to the heart of the Adirondacks.