June 7th, 2014
Each year, the Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) sponsors an event in conjunction with the American Hiking Society’s celebration of National Trails Day®. This year, ADK is partnering with the Northville Merchants Association, the Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the N.Y.S. Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the completion of the Northville-Placid Trail (N-P Trail).
National Trails Day® is recognized as America’s largest celebration of the outdoors. In that spirit, ADK has a wide variety of volunteer trail projects planned for this year's event, most notably helping to re-route a section of the N-P Trail off of the road and into the Shaker Mountain Wild Forest. Along with the volunteer trail projects, a guided hike will be available through the re-routed portion of the N-P Trail completed last summer by ADK's Professional Trail Crew.
ADK will be offering registered participants free camping at the DEC Northampton Beach campground Friday and Saturday nights. On Friday night at the campground pavilion, there will be a social and informational gathering with light food and beverages available for trail volunteers. On Saturday evening there will be a recognition dinner for all volunteers that participated in a trail project. During the online registration process, be sure to indicate if you will be camping and attending the Friday social or Saturday recognition dinner.
On Saturday, the Village of Northville will be hosting a number of different activities and dedications in conjunction with the volunteer trail projects. Centered on Waterfront Park, family friendly activities, exhibits, and local craft vendors will be showcased throughout the day. Local eateries will be set up in the Park and will be offering a wide variety of food and beverages to choose from. The highlight will be the dedications that will start at 3:30pm in the Waterfront Park. First, the Village of Northville will have a ribbon cutting commemorating a new rustic archway at the Park entrance. Second, the DEC will be unveiling a new kiosk that will mark the official beginning or end point of the N-P Trail.
Families can look forward to horse & wagon hayrides, bounce house, petting zoo, and an appearance from Forest Rangers with Smokey the Bear!
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