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A Legacy of Access, 100 Years Strong!

The Northville-Placid Trail (NPT) is more than a thru-hiking trail. It is a living narrative, a century-old history of explorers, trail builders, communities, and the natural world. Each step on this footpath invites us to connect more with this profound story and the Adirondack Park itself.

It all started with a simple goal: to help more people get outside. ADK built the 138-mile Northville-Placid Trail from 1922 to 1924 to introduce folks to the newly formed Adirondack Park, placing access at the center of this trail’s story and impact. Since then, it has become a haven for outdoor enthusiasts and the communities that it passes through. It provides an unparalleled opportunity for solitude and for communion with the wild. 

However, the wear and tear of time, weather, and the footsteps of countless hikers have taken their toll. Many sections of the Northville-Placid Trail are now marred by erosion, blowdown, and overgrown vegetation. An increase in storms caused by climate change has only exacerbated these issues. It has become clear that without intervention by our trail workers, the very essence of the Northville-Placid Trail—its accessibility—is at risk. If we don’t act now, future generations could lose access to this iconic trail. ADK needs your support to answer this call to action.

The significance of this work extends beyond simply improving the Northville-Placid Trail. It is about ensuring the safety of hikers, protecting ecosystems, and preserving the unique character that has drawn adventurers to this trail for a century. Even more than that, it is about maintaining our commitment to welcoming people to the outdoors. The Northville-Placid Trail—and those who explore it—need our stewardship to thrive.

Over the past two years, thanks to donors, hard-working volunteers, and trail stewards, ADK has put 10 weeks and the equivalent of over $259,000 worth of trail work into maintaining and repairing sections of the Northville-Placid Trail. But that’s a drop in the bucket compared to the work still to be done. 

Our story as a trail building organization centers on connecting people to the outdoors. Through your support, the Northville-Placid Trail will continue to invite all who seek adventure, solitude, and a connection with nature. It will stand as a testament to the power of stewardship—a reminder that, through our actions, we can ensure that future generations will find inspiration in the Adirondack Park, just as we do today.

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In gratitude,

 

Charlotte Staats
Director of Trails

 

 

Michael Barrett
Executive Director

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