Southern end: Exit 30 off I-87 (Northway). Take Rt.9 north 2 miles to Rt.73. Travel on Rt.73 28 miles to Lake Placid. Take Rt.86 to Saranac Lake. Go about 1.3 miles north, past the hospital, take a right onto dirt road, bear left and park at gate.Northern end: Take Rt.86 north from Saranac Lake to Gabriels, turn right onto CR30 and travel through Rainbow Lake to Onchiota. Park on access road to the Buck Pond State Campground.
See Adirondack Forest Preserve for trail regulations and other important information.
This trail follows the old railboad bed of the Chateaugay Division of the Delaware and Hudson Railroad that connected Plattsburgh to Saranac Lake. The level, sandy flats were ideal for laying track. The elevated, sandy pathway with many open views bisects the Bloomingdale Bog. It is one of the largest bogs in northern New York and is home to several boreal species of plant and animal life.
This trail is perfect for beginners and provides an easy ride. It travels through scenic wilderness and the interesting bog and wetlands of Two Bridge and Negro Brooks. The trail is wide and although mostly level it does have some rooty, deep sandy sections and rough spots.
This open trail provides a nice contrast to the heavily wooded trails that characterize most of the Adirondack region. Along the way you'll see an abundance of unique plant and animal life associated with bogs such as cranberries, orchids, insectivorous "pitcher plants", leatherleaf, black, red and white spruce, rhododendrons, balsalms, tamarack and bog rosemary.
Otters, osprey, black-backed woodpecker, gray jays, spruce grouse and yellow-bellied flycatchers may be spotted along the route. In the Fall, when the tamaracks turn golden, is one of the best times to ride here.
The trail intersects at various points along the way with other access roads:
At 3.7 miles: intersection with Rt. 192
At 4.2 miles: intersection with Bigelow Road (gravel).
At 6.1 miles: intersection with Merrill Road (dirt).
At 7.8 miles: intersection with Oregon Plains Road (paved).
At 9.8 miles: arrive at Rt. 30 (near Buck Pond State Campground).
You can shorten your route by parking at any of the other access roads and returning on Oregon Plains Road.
For more information:
Department Of Environmental Conservation
Phone: (518) 897-1300