National Trails Day -- Cleanup

The first Saturday in June is National Trails Day (sponsored by the American Hiking Society ( We celebrate it with a cleanup along the Sarana River Trail.

Meet at Saranac Street Bridge and Pine Street at 9 AM on Saturday June 4, 2016. We’ll spread out along the Trail From the Max Moore Memorial Treehouse to the SUNY campus and George Angell Drive.

Members of Sunrise Rotary and Adirondack Chapter - Adirondack Mountain Club will once again join us (thanks very much to them and everyone else who participates!).

We’ll have gloves, bags, and pickers available for volunteers to help clean up the Trail thanks to the City of Plattsburgh Department of Public Works.

Register here and we'll send you a reminder a few days before --

Saturday, June 4, 2016 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Counting on Saranac River Trail

Data thanks to Clinton County Department of Health. Measured Saranac River Trail users. (A few months of missing data during the shake-down period.) Check back for updates!

Month 2014-15 2015-16
November 4230 5965
December 2428 3639
January 1976 2736
February 2543 2946
March 4893 5347
April 9682 8675
May -  
June -  
July 6875  
August 8947  
September 11612  
October 8190  

Saranac River Trail Greenway: Feasibility Study Public Presentation

Join us at Town of Plattsburgh Town Hall,151 Banker Road, Plattsburgh, NY 12901-7307 from 6-8 PM on Tuesday May 10, 2016 for a presentation of the report. The public is invited and comments are welcomed at the meeting.

Members of the SRTG Board will review the document focusing on:

  • Overview
  • Economic Benefits and Trail Typologies
  • Existing Conditions through Alignment Options
  • Recommended Alignment (east half)
  • Recommended Alignment (west half)
  • Visualizing SRTG and Next Steps
  • Comments and discussion

Alternative alignments are shown for many parts of the greenway trail. They will be further discussed and refined in the next steps.

Discover Plattsburgh/Discover Service Plattsburgh April 14 2016

Joanne Dahlen and Jesse Feiler at the Sunrise Rotary/Friends of Saranac River Trail table for Discover Plattsburgh/Discover Service 

Win a Free Hoodie at Discover Plattsburgh, Discover Service

Join us at the Recreation Center on April 11, 2016 3-6 PM for Discover Plattsburgh/Discover Service. Register at our table for a chance to win a Friends of Saranac River Trail hoodie. (Drawing will be held at end of the day. You don’t need to be present to win.) 

You can also support Friends of Saranac River Trail with a hoodie emblazoned with our logo. You can buy one at (A portion of the cost goes to help support our programming.)

2016 Planning Meeting: Community Room, City Hall

Thanks to Lake Champlain Basin Program, our funding for another season of Talks, Treks, & Tasks has been renewed. We need your help so that we can plan the most useful events .

All are welcome. Bring your ideas about what you’d like to see this year. In addition to repeating some of last year’s Treks, we’re already considering a downtown Trek to focus on the construction of the new Durkee Street bridge across the Saranac River. That construction should start in the fall of this year.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Volunteer Opportunities with Friends of Saranac River Trail

 Trail groups like Friends of Saranac River Trail are able to fulfill our missions with the help of volunteers. Here are some of the opportunities that are offered by support groups. Think about how you might participate with Friends of Saranac River Trail as we plan for 2016. Volunteers and suggestions for specific projects are welcome at the Rec. Center on April 11, 2016 3-6 PM (see below) or our meeting at City Hall on April 19, 2016 (4-5 PM). Or contact us at

Discover Plattsburgh, Discover Service

Join us at the City Recreation Center to network with other volunteers and organizations for Plattsburgh's National Volunteer Week event

Monday, April 11, 2016 - 3:00pm to 6:00pm

Press-Republican Article January 6, 2016

Nice article about the near-term plans for Saranac River Trail.

Saranac River Trail 2016 Updates

Happy 2016 -- Here's an update on the Saranac River Trail for the new year

At the moment, the Trail has a primary segment from behind Plattsburgh High School at George Angell Drive, across the campus, up the hill to Steltzer Road, and then along Pine Street to the Max Moore Memorial Treehouse and the old Saranac Street Bridge. If you haven’t explored that section, take a walk or bike ride along the approxiimately 1 mile of this segment. You can make the roundtrip within an hour, and there are benches along the way to stop and rest, read, listen to the river, and keep an eye out for Champy, the Lake Champlain Monster who may be spending the winter in the river.

At the other end of the Trail, Peace Point Park and the new City Marina provide beautiful views and new benches to view the lake. From that end of the Trail, you an easily walk into downtown to shop, eat, or explore the new attractions and businesses downtown.

Thanks to a lot of work by the City Engineering Department and with the assistance of grants from the New York State Department of Transportation in 2013 and the Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) and New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) in 2015, the next two years will see these two Trail segments linked.

Once you walk into downtown from Peace Point Park on Lake Champlain, you can explore the City. There will be new signage to identify the Trail’s route through the City. The Trail will lead you to Durkee Street and down to the Saranac River. What is now the dead end of Durkee Street, will no longer be a dead end. Engineering work is nearly complete on a new pedestrian-only bridge across the Saranac River. The City owns the riverfront on the south side of the river in that section, and you’ll be able to walk (or bike) across the new bridge and follow the Trail along the riverfront to the Saranac Street Bridge that leads to Pine Street.

As you may know, the Saranac Street Bridge needs to be replaced. We had hoped that it could be repaired, but it appears that its condition is beyond repair. Thanks to REDC &  OPRHP, the City has recently received a grant to replace that bridge. The replacement will be a pedestrian/bike bridge with stations for kids (and others!) to study the river. As far as the Trail is concerned, this means that you’ll be able to bike, walk, or run from Peace Point Park on Lake Champlain all the way into downtown, across the bridges, along Pine Street, and across the campus.

The funding is in place, and we’re hoping that construction will begin fall 2016 with completion by 2017.

If you’re traveling to downtown to enjoy the expanded Trail, remember that free parking is available at the lakefront parking lot (Peace Point Parking) and the Durkee Street parking lot.

And, as part of this project, at the Caroline Street cul-de-sac where the Durkee Street bridge and new Saranac Street bridge will meet, there will be half a dozen charging stations for electric cars. Drive up, plug in, and explore Plattsburgh's Downtown and Museum Campus as well as the Trail -- they're all within walking distance.

We’ll keep you posted as schedules are set. We’re also working on a new season of Talks, Treks & Tasks for Friends of Saranac River Trail.

If you haven’t signed up for our mailing list at, do so now so we can keep you posted. And invite your friends to sign up so we can keep them in the loop.

Sneak previews: Our second Waste Water Treatment Plant tour is scheduled for Saturday April 9, 2016 from 1-2:30. Space is limited, and kids under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. There is walking involved (and some stairs). And remember National Trails Day on Saturday June 4, 2016. We’ll have a special event this year.

Find out more about Saranac River Trail and the Saranac River Trail Greenway Expansion on Mountain Lake Journal at 8 PM on Friday, January 8, 2016.


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