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North Country National Scenic Trail (NCNST)

NCNST in the Adirondack Park


Map of 7 states in the Northern US from N. Dakoda to New York showing the North Country National Scenic Trail

In March 1980, federal legislation authorized the establishment of the North Country National Scenic Trail (NCNST) as a component of the National Trails System (16 U.S.C. 1241 et seq.). To date, Congress has authorized the establishment of eight National Scenic Trails - long distance, non-motorized trails that follow major geographic features or pass through scenic areas. National Scenic Trails are patterned after the renowned Appalachian NST.

The North Country NST's projected length is approximately 4,600 miles, stretching across the northern tier of the United States with some 2,000 miles completed to date. The route through the Adirondack Park will be approximately 160 miles, stretching from the hamlet of Forestport in Oneida County to the hamlet of Crown Point on the shore of Lake Champlain.

2014 Revised Draft Adirondack Park Trail Plan

In 2007 the Department released a Draft Plan for the Adirondack Park. Due to the amount of time that has passed since then, the Department has release a Revised Draft Adirondack Park Trail Plan that incorporates comments that were received during the 2007 Draft Plan. The plan recommends following approximately 81 miles of existing foot trail and constructing 38 miles of new trails within the Park. In addition, it is estimated that 39 miles of temporary connections along roads will be initially utilized to make connections along this route.

The proposed route will intersect nine units of the Adirondack Forest Preserve:

  • Black River Wild Forest
  • West Canada Lake Wilderness
  • Moose River Plains Wild Forest
  • Little Moose Wilderness
  • Jessup River Wild Forest
  • Siamese Ponds Wilderness
  • Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest
  • Hoffman Notch Wilderness
  • Hammond Pond Wild Forest.

In addition to the state land, the route is proposed to cross four DEC-held conservation easements:

  • North Lake Tract
  • Perkins Clearing
  • Speculator Tree Farm
  • Lyme (Crown Point)

Public Comment Opportunity

The public comment period for the Revised Draft Plan is now closed. Questions about the planning process can be directed to:

Josh Clague, Natural Resources Planner
625 Broadway, 5th Floor
Albany, NY 12233-4254

Download the Revised Draft Plan

North Country National Scenic Trail Revised Draft Adirondack Park Trail Plan/DGEIS - PDF (20.9MB) - This is a large document and may be slow to download. As an alternative you may download specific sections using the links below.

Sections for Easier Downloading:

Revised Draft Trail Plan with Appendices 1-13 - PDF (3.23 MB)

Appendix 14: Maps