Saturday, December 23, 2023

New Trailhead and Boardwalk at Cobble Hill in Lake Placid

Cobble Hill hiking trail boardwalk.

A short walk from the main street of Lake Placid, the 0.8-mile Cobble Hill hiking trail in Lake Placid has a new access point and boardwalk. At the corner of Mirror Lake Drive and Northwood School’s driveway, the new trailhead begins with a 250-foot boardwalk that connects to the natural surface trail to the 2,343-foot summit. There is no parking at the trailhead, hikers are encouraged to walk from town. All previous access points are now closed.

The trail work is part of a multi-year project to make the path safer and more enjoyable for hikers of a wide range of age, experience and ability, and to protect surrounding forests and waters. In addition to the boardwalk and trailhead, the following updates were made to the trail in 2023: 1,000 feet rerouted, two bridges installed, and tread and drainage improvements to 2,000+ feet. The work is being done by professional trail builders with Wilderness Property Management and Tahawus Trails.

Cobble Hill Hiking Trailhead sign

Cobble Hill hiking trailhead sign. NYS DEC photo.

This community-led initiative is a partnership between Northwood School, the Town of North Elba, the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism, Paul Smith’s College, the Lake Placid 9’er hiking challenge, the Barkeater Trails Alliance, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Adirondack Land Trust and private landowners. The project is funded by grants from North Elba LEAF, New York State Conservation Partnership Program, and gifts from community members.

To learn more, visit the Cobble Hill Trail Project webpage.

Photo at top: Cobble Hill hiking trail boardwalk. NYS DEC photo.

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Information attributed to NYSDEC is taken from press releases and news announcements from New York State's Department of Environmental Conservation.




2 Responses

  1. Boreas says:

    This looks like a nice project. I’ll have to check it out next time I am in town. I hope there is a bench or two…

  2. Jeannette says:

    Looking forward to checking this out!

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