Conceptual Plan for a Hut to Hut Destination Trail System for the Five Towns of Long Lake, Newcomb, Indian Lake, Minerva, and North Hudson.
Our project goal was to design a conceptual destination-trail system that will provide a four-season, hut-to-hut recreation experience and link communities in the Five Towns of Long Lake, North Hudson, Newcomb, Indian Lake, and Minerva.
This project grew out of the Adirondack Community-based Trails and Lodging System initiative, an ongoing project funded by the NYS Department of State (DOS). The Five Towns project, funded through the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), seeks to build on the ACTLS initiative by providing “fast track” recommendations for destination trails in the Five Towns. Our methodology included meeting with all five town supervisors, both as a group and individually, to solicit their ideas and thoughts as well as tap into their knowledge of existing trails and lodgings in their communities.
Our work included: ● Talking with over forty various stakeholders, including lodging owners/managers, private landowners, DEC field personnel, local and regional government officials, representatives of environmental organizations, and others, to gain their knowledge and perspectives ● Conducting approximately twenty reconnaissance trips, some with NYSDEC staff, private landowners, and other interested parties ● Creating a GIS inventory of existing lodging by utilizing information available on town websites, the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism’s (ROOST) database, and other sources ● Identifying, based on our research, more than twenty conceptual routes that connect communities, and over thirty strategic locations for lodging along those routes