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For Release: Thursday, June 20, 2019

DEC Announces Improvements to Elephant Head Road in Titusville Mountain State Forest

Supports State's Adventure NY Initiative to Connect New Yorkers to Nature

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced the reopening of Elephant Head Road in the town of Malone, Franklin County. This project is part of the Adventure NY Initiative to connect New Yorkers with the outdoors.

"DEC is pleased to announce the rehabilitation and reopening of Elephant Head Road," said Regional Director Bob Stegemann. "Visitors once again have the opportunity to use the road to easily access the 7,566-acre Titusville Mountain State Forest, enjoy its natural beauty, and participate in outdoor recreational activities."

The 1.5-mile Elephant Head Road provides access to Titusville Mountain State Forest and intersects with State Route 30 approximately nine miles south of the village of Malone. DEC recently rehabilitated the road with significant brushing, grading, and other tread repairs to make the road passable for vehicles. Vehicles with low clearance may have difficulty utilizing the gravel road.

The Elephant Head Trailhead Parking Area is located at the end of the road. From the parking lot hikers can ascend climb 0.8 mile and 320 feet in elevation up the Elephant Head Trail and enjoy the view from Elephant's Head. A wooden staircase near the summit provides an easier means for climbing a steep section of trail. Users are encouraged to practice Leave No Trace principles (link leaves DEC website) when recreating in the Adirondacks to enjoy the outdoors responsibly and minimize impact to its natural resources.

Under Governor Cuomo's Adventure NY Initiative, DEC is making strategic investments to expand access to healthy, active outdoor recreation, connect more New Yorkers and visitors to nature and the outdoors, protect natural resources, and boost local economies. This initiative will support the completion of more than 75 projects over the next three years, ranging from improvements to youth camps and environmental education centers to new boat launches, duck blinds, and hiking trails. Read more about Adventure NY. For more information on planning an outdoor adventure in New York State, visit DEC's website.

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