On the first Saturday of June the American Hiking Society celebrates National Trails Day. Now commemorating its 22nd year, National Trails Day continues to bring attention to the extensive network of outdoor trails across the Unites States as well as the wide array of activities those trails provide.
This year the Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) has designated the historic Northville-Placid Trail (NPT) trail as its main volunteer project this Saturday, June 7. Paired with the Northville Merchants Association and Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber, ADK will have over 100 volunteers installing rock steps, retaining walls and rerouting the Northville section to a new archway at Northville’s Waterfront Park.
According to Northville Merchant Association’s President Michael Intrabartola this year’s National Trails Day will kick off a two-day festival celebrating 90 years on the NPT. The 133-mile trail that stretches between the towns of Northville and Lake Placid was started in 1922 and the first project taken on by the then fledgling Adirondack Mountain Club.
Intrabartola says, “National Trails Day happens once a year around the country though we will be celebrating it on both the 7th and the 8th of June this year. ADK helps to celebrate it throughout the Adirondack Park. This year they selected the NPT to be the main project, which will relocate the beginning trail to Waterfront Park.”
“Our two-day festival is the start of an annual event,” says Intrabartola. “This year we have arts and crafts as well as canoe demos. There will be book signings, storytelling, and music from Annie and the Hedonists as well as other musicians.”
There is a full schedule of events with bounce houses, a petting zoo and horse/wagon rides for kids as well as Park Ranger activities, Adirondack food court, chainsaw carving demonstrations and more. A shuttle will run from the new NPT entrance to the old entrance and areas in between so people can observe trails being cut by volunteers. There will also be a guided 7.5-mile hike along the new section.
Artist William Coffey will unveil his new cedar log archway, which will be designated as the official start of the 133-mile Northville-Placid trail. The wooden, hand carved walkway begins on Northville’s Main Street’s Waterfront Park.
There are plenty of other opportunities to give a little something back to all those well-loved trails. ADK offers year-round service projects, workshops and trail maintenance trips.
Photo of the new Northville-Placid trail entrance is used with the permission of the Northville Merchant Association.