Parks & Recreation
The North Country National Scenic Trail (NCNST) spans seven northern states from North Dakota to eastern New York. When completed, it's length will approximate 4,600 miles, with more than 1,800 completed to date. In this area, the NCNST approaches Boonville via the B.R.E.I.A. trail from Pixley Falls State Park, thence the Village of Boonville Trail leading to the Boonville Black River Canal Museum and onto the Black River Feeder Canal at the Erwin Park Covered Bridge.
Following the renovated Black River Feeder Canal towpath for about 9.2 miles, the NCNST brings one to Forestport, with its impressive State Dam and more. Forestport is the gateway to the western portion of the Adirondack Park. The Town and it's friendly people offer trail users great amenities.
For many years a route for the NCNST through the Adirondack Park was discussed, with no definitive follow-up. However, a coordinated effort began in 2005 by the North Country Trail Association and the NY State DEC, plus support from the National Park Service, yielded a Draft Adirondack Park NCNST Plan/Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement that was released to the public in November of 2007. Public meetings and a comment period extending to mid February 2008 produced largely favorable support, with some concerns voiced as well. Draft Plan optimization is under way, with a progress status report expected later this Spring.