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Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor - Unit Management Plan

The Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor is a railroad right-of-way approximately 119 miles long and generally 100 feet wide. Constructed in 1892, the line was operated continuously until freight service ceased in 1972. In 1974, the Corridor was purchased by New York State. In 1977, the State leased the line to the Adirondack Railway Corporation. After the bankruptcy of the lessee, and following a long period of litigation, the State acquired the remainder of the lease in 1991. Title to the Corridor remains under the jurisdiction of the Department of Transportation (DOT).

DEC and DOT adopted a Unit Management Plan (UMP) for the Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor in 1996. If you have questions about the UMP, please e-mail us at adirondackpark@dec.ny.gov.

1996 Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor Unit Management Plan - (PDF, 473 KB)

Adirondack Rail Trail

2016 Amendment (Recreational Trail and Rail Service Improvements) calls for the conversion of the Corridor between Tupper Lake and Lake Placid to a 34-mile, multiple-use recreational trail. DEC has released a Draft Conceptual Plan for the Adirondack Rail Trail which outlines the ideas, opportunities, potentials and possibilities for a high quality trail that provides residents and visitors using the trail a safe and enjoyable experience.

Numerous informational meetings, availability sessions, and public meetings are scheduled during the first two weeks of May 2017. Comments will be accepted at the two DEC availability sessions and public comment can be given at the two DEC public meetings. See press release for details.

Adirondack Rail Trail Draft Conceptual Plan Presentation (PDF 2.7 MB) includes photos and speaker notes of the presentation provided at DEC's public meetings.

DEC is seeking comment on the plan and comments regarding the specific features and infrastructure to be included in the Final Design and Construction Plan to ensure a high quality trail that provides residents and visitors using the trail a safe and enjoyable experience. DEC is not seeking comments on supporting or opposing the trail - that decision has been made.

Written comments may be mailed to Senior Forester Steve Guglielmi, NYSDEC Region 5, P.O. Box 296, Ray Brook, NY 12977 or e-mail.

Comments will be accepted through June 2, 2017.

Full Draft Adirondack Rail Trail Conceptual Plan (Program Report) (PDF) You can download the full 22 MB file.

Draft Adirondack Rail Trail Conceptual Plan (Program Report) broken into smaller files for slow connections:

2016 Amendment - Recreational Trail and Rail Service Improvements

The 1996 UMP provided for continuation and expansion of rail use along the entire length of the Corridor and prescribed the development of a parallel recreational trail where feasible. The Plan concluded that both the rail and trail potential of the corridor should be developed and that no action should be taken to eliminate the rail potential from any segment of the corridor.

This UMP amendment proposes a new alternative, which calls for bolstering rail service between Remsen and Tupper Lake - which includes the extension of operating rail service 45 miles from the Big Moose Station to the Tupper Lake Station - and for the conversion of the Corridor between Tupper Lake and Lake Placid to a 34-mile, multiple-use recreational trail.

Downloadable Documents

2008 Amendment - Vegetation Management Plan

This amendment provided information related to vegetation management of the corridor that was not included in the original UMP.

2008 Amendment to the Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor UMP - (PDF, 800 KB)a high quality trail that provides residents and visitors using the trail a safe and enjoyable experience.a high quality trail that provides residents and visitors using the trail a safe and enjoyable experience.