The lodging and trails system is designed to improve and diversify the outdoor recreation experience of both Adirondack Park visitors and residents by implementing regional hut-to-hut networks throughout the Park, eventually linked together in a parkwide system, that will:
- Increase international awareness of the Adirondack Park
- Create regional tourism destinations and more sustainable, resilient communities by expanding the tourism-based economies of the towns, villages, and hamlets throughout the park
- Provide opportunities for improving the wellness, including physical fitness, of visitors and residents alike
- Promote conservation by broadening the demographic constituency that knows, loves, and is inclined to protect the Adirondacks
The report, which is over 300 pages in length, contains maps and details on 59 conceptual, community-based hut-to-hut routes throughout the Adirondacks. The report also contains sections on the planning process, international hut systems, North American hut systems, potential economic impact, route system statistics, route difficulty, route prioritization, and an implementation strategy.
There also is a section on the demonstration project completed in the Town of Long Lake. The project partners planned and constructed a portion of a spur trail linking the Northville-Placid Trail (NPT) with the hamlet of Long Lake. This section of trail enables hikers to safely access the hamlet of Long Lake without having to walk along Route 28N, allowing hikers to access and enjoy lodging and other amenities within the community.
For more information, contact Project Director Jack Drury at firstname.lastname@example.org.