It's a reality! If you are northbound on the Northville-Placid Trial (NPT), you can now hike directly into the village of Long Lake without having to walk along the highway. This new trail, which was a joint effort between Adirondack Hamlets to Huts, Hamilton County, the Town of Long Lake, the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, and the NYS Department of State allows hikers who want, to come into the village to pick up supplies, get a hot shower, cold drink, hot meal, and a soft night's bed.
If your goal is to avoid civilization you can still follow the NPT and avoid the village entirely. The best of both worlds!