WARREN COUNTY BIKEWAY LETTERBOX:
LAKE GEORGE-GLENS FALLS, NEW YORK
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Planted: June 29, 2004
Difficulty: Moderate. Paved trail with some on-road sections and hilly in spots.
To start from Lake George; Take exit 21 off of I-87 to Route 9N. Turn left at light up Route 9. Less then a mile on your right will be a divided roadway with signs reading Lake George Valley and Lake George Beach. Head up this road and park alongside it. The trail begins at the end of the road on your right next to a sign board.
The Warren County Bikeway was assembled from an old trolley line and railroad bed. In 1882, the Delaware & Hudson Railroad expanded a rail line from Fort Edward up to Lake George. In 1885, a narrow gauge railroad between the tri-village communities of Fort Edward and Sandy Hill in Washington County and Glens Falls in Warren County was completed. The street railway consisted initially of horse-drawn cars transporting passengers over narrow gauge tracks. By the 1890's the line was sold, extended to Lake George & Warrensburg, electrified and renamed. At its height the Hudson Valley Railway operation included over 100 cars and 130 miles of track. The line was eventually abandoned with trolleys being replaced by buses in 1928. In Glens Falls you can connect to the Feeder Canal Trail which connects to the South Glens Falls Bike Trail and the Old Champlain Canal Trail in Hudson Falls.
Starting from Lake George; This trail has informational signs posted along the route and mileage marking painted in yellow on the pavement. You pass by the entrance to Lake George Battlefield Park and head up a moderate grade away from the lake into the woods. You cross a bridge over Route 9L at about ¾ miles and come to a very short on-road section at just over a mile. The trail picks up again on the right. Just shy of 2 miles you come alongside Route 9 and the entrance to Magic Forest Park, where the trail crests. Less then a ¼ mile later you head back into the woods. You come to picnic area and map board at 2 ¾ miles. The trail starts downhill, passing through a rocky, mossy area with a brook running alongside the trail. The power lines that run next to the right side of the trail follow the former path of the Hudson Valley Railway, an electric trolley Line that ran up to Lake George. You pass by a trail on your right at 3 ¼ miles that brings you up to the Col. Williams Monument. At 3 ¾ miles you divert away from the old rail line to a new bridge that takes you over Route 149. You cross over Ash St at 4 ¾ miles and the trail takes you through a marsh, which is actually the western tip of Glen Lake. You are traveling on the old trolley line now and if you look to your left you'll see an old railroad trestle crossing the marsh along the old railroad line. At 5 miles you head up and over a short hill which brings you to a barrier and the start of the on-road section. This is Birdsall Road. To the right of the barrier are 3 large boulders. Go to the far right boulder near the woods and then take 5 paces (2 steps = 1 pace) into the woods to a large two-trunked Oak tree. You'll see a pile of rocks at its base. Remove ONLY the top 2 rocks to reveal the Warren County Bikeway Letterbox.
If you head left along Birdsall Rd
you'll see where the old railroad bed cut through the rock.
Turn right up Birdsall Rd for an on-road detour of about 1 ½ miles. The on-road section is hilly in spots and uses one fairly busy road. Pass by Round Pond Rd and come to a golf course at 5 ¾ miles. Do not mistake the golf cart trail that crosses over the road for the bike path. At 6 ¼ miles you take a right down Country Club Rd. Straight will take you to Adirondack Community College. The trail picks up again on your right at 6 ¾ miles. The trail is flat from here on out. You come to a parking lot at 7 ½ miles next to Country Club Rd. You cross a long bridge over Route 254 at 7 ¾ miles and travel a more urban trail. Use caution at 8 ¼ miles when you cross a busy Route 7. There is a traffic light here, but no cross walk button that we could find? You then pass into Glens Falls and at 9 ¼ miles come to an ice cream stand with picnic tables. You come to another parking lot at just over 9 ½ miles next to Leonard St. Turn right for a short on-road section along this residential street and the trail picks up again to your left. You'll see some remains of the old railroad tracks and buildings to your right. The trail ends after 10 miles at Platt St. You can see more of the old rail line and tracks straight ahead.
Note; A ½ mile on-road detour will bring you to the Feeder Canal Trail. Turn right down Platt St, then left along Warren Rd. Cross over to Shermantown Rd which will bring you down to the Feeder Canal .
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