Adirondacks State Park

Northville-Placid Trail

The Northville-Placid Trial was laid out by the Adirondack Mountain Club in 1922 and 1923, and is now maintained by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. It traverses approximately 133 miles of forests, is marked with blue markers, and requires an average of 19 days to hike.

The trail, pursuing a northerly course, connects the picturesque southern Adirondack foothills and scenic High Peaks region to the north. Lakes and ponds of all sizes and uncounted streams are met at every turn as the trail winds northward up valleys, along ridges and over mountains. The land is mainly forested, and though none of the timber is virgin, trees of considerable size reflect over 50 years of state ownership and conservation.

Excellent trout fishing in the spring, bass, pickerel and pike fishing in the summer and fall, and big game hunting in the fall, are permitted according to state rules and regulations.

The trail and topography are shown in detail on USGS Topographical maps of the following quadrangles: Northville, Harrisburg, Jackson Summit, Lake Pleasant, Piseco Lake, West Canada Lakes, Indian Lake, Blue Mt., Long Lake, Saranac Lake, Santanoni, and Lake Placid. In addition, large scale 7.5 x 15 minute metric quadrangles are available for the northern end of the route: Kempshall Mountain, Santanoni Peak, Ampersand Lake and Saranac Lake.

The trail crosses both State and private lands, with a large portion of trail mileage occurring in wilderness areas. Trails in these areas can be over rugged and difficult terrain often receiving limited maintenance in the interior.

Northville by Section

Section A
Northville to Piseco
Section B
Piseco to Wakely Dam
Section C
Wakely Dam to NYS Route 28/30
Section C
NYS Route 28/30 - NYS Route 28N
Section D
Long Lake to Shattuck Clearing
Section E
Shattuck Clearing to Lake Placid

Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 16 Jan 2013
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication



park finder
step one
Where are you going?

step one
What do you want to do?

+ More Activities

GEARZILLA: The Gorp Gear Blog

Receive Gear Reviews, Articles & Advice

Preview this newsletter »

Ask Questions