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Visitors can expect a couple of easy climbs as they travel on the Warren County Bikeway through the southern Adirondacks for 10 miles between Glens Falls and Lake George. It’s well worth the effort, as visitors are rewarded with scenic views, ice cream stands, and the opportunity for a dip at a Lake George beach. Note that dogs are prohibited on the trail, and snowmobiles are allowed December–March between Bloody Pond Road and Fort George Road.
The area’s combative early history is reflected in names like Old Military Road, Bloody Pond Road, and Lake George Battlefield Park. In fact, a cave on the Hudson River in Glens Falls inspired James Fenimore Cooper to write The Last of the Mohicans, a historical novel about the French and Indian War, in 1826.
The trail is among the earliest rail-trail conversions, with the project beginning in 1978. It follows a branch of the Delaware & Hudson Railroad, which carried vacationers from the main branch to resorts and steamboat connections on the 32-mile-long Lake George. The trail’s terminus in Glens Falls is about 0.1 mile north of the Feeder Canal Park Heritage Trail, which connects to the Champlain Canalway Trail. The latter pathway is part of New York’s developing Empire State Trail system, which will span 750 miles.
Starting in Glens Falls, the trail climbs steadily about 8 miles before dropping 2 miles to Lake George. The trail begins on Platt Street, although trail parking is 0.5 mile ahead via trail and quiet residential streets.
The path leaves Glens Falls behind as it crosses NY 254 on a pedestrian bridge and enters Queensbury, an area originally settled by Quakers, who left during local fighting in the Revolutionary War. One mile past the bridge, take a left onto Country Club Road to follow a marked, 1.2-mile on-road segment. The trail resumes just west of Glen Lake, locally popular among anglers.
The trail enters a hardwood forest for the next 5 miles to Lake George, although tourist-oriented snack and refreshment stops are located at major road crossings such as NY 149 (6.2 miles from the start), Bloody Pond Road (8.1 miles), and NY 9L (9.3 miles). The trail’s high point comes at mile 8.1, where it crosses Bloody Pond Road; this is also the site of the Lake George Expedition Park, which features dinosaur-themed kiddie rides.
From here it’s a 2-mile downhill jaunt to the town of Lake George, where you’ll find such tourist attractions as a sandy beach, a steamboat dock, restaurants, taverns, ice cream shops, and a Spanish mission–style train station. The trail ends at Lake George Battlefield Park, which commemorates vicious fighting here during the French and Indian War.
Long-range plans call for extending the trail 7 miles north to Warrensburg.
To reach the Glens Falls trailhead from I-87, take Exit 18, and head east toward Glens Falls on Main St./County Road 18. Go 0.8 mile, and continue straight onto Broad St.; then go 0.4 mile, and bear right onto Hudson Ave. Go 0.8 mile, and take the second exit on the traffic circle onto NY 32/Warren St. Go 0.2 mile, and turn left onto Center St. Then go 0.1 mile, and turn right onto Maple St. Go 0.3 mile, and turn left onto Leonard St. Go 0.2 mile, and look for parking on the left. To reach the eastern endpoint, backtrack on Leonard St. 0.2 mile and turn left onto the trail. The endpoint is 0.3 mile ahead at Platt St.
To reach the Lake George village trailhead from I-87, take Exit 21, and head northeast onto NY 9N. Go about 0.2 mile, and turn left onto US 9. Go 0.9 mile, and turn right onto W. Brook Road/CR 69. You’ll find on-street parking on W. Brook Road.
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