Bike trail plan offered for tract in western Adirondacks

New York conservation officials have proposed new bike trails in the 85,000-acre Moose River Plains
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New York conservation officials have proposed new bike trails in the 85,000-acre Moose River Plains Wild Forest in the western Adirondacks.

The Department of Environmental Conservation says stakeholders met last year, leading to contracting with the International Mountain Bicycling Association for a concept plan.

While snowmobiling is already popular in the area, with many roads and trails open to mountain biking, the plan says that only a few are designed or maintained to invite biking.

Its proposed single-track trail system, if fully built out, would be about 100 miles long.

The agency is taking public comments and plans to present the proposal at a public meeting Dec. 18 in Raquette Lake. It would require revisions in the DEC management plan for the forest.

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