Meeting set Thursday on proposed hiking trail from Corinth to Newcomb

CHESTER — An informational meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday about the proposed 99-mile-long First Wilderness Heritage Trail that will run from Corinth to Newcomb.

The event will take place in the auditorium of the Chester Municipal Center.

The trail would start in the village of Corinth in Corinth Park and would end in the hamlet of Tahawus in Newcomb.

Planning for the trail has been under way since 2015, according to Chester town Supervisor Craig Leggett.

“It’s basically a hiking trail and, in some sections, multi-use from Corinth up to Tahawus, using existing roads and trails along the Hudson River,” he said.

Leggett believed that about 6 miles would have to be cut for new trails. The trail comes up through the Hudson River Valley, he said.

“It’s all within reach of these hamlets, so it gives a whole new hiking experience to folks that want to hike through or just do little segments,” he said.

The project has received funding from Warren County and the state Department of Transportation, according to Leggett.

The trail is divided into eight distinct segments.

The first segment is from Corinth Park to Hadley train station. The next section is from the train station to Bear Slides Trailhead in Warrensburg; then from Warrensburg to Chester; then within Chester from Potter Brook Road to Riparius Bridge; and then from the bridge to Johnsburg Town Hall.

The remaining sections are from Johnsburg Town Hall to the Moxham Mountain Trailhead in Minerva; from Minerva to Newcomb; and concluding at the Santanoni Range Trailhead.

The LA Group of Saratoga Springs and Wilderness Property Management of Johnsburg have been working on the design of the project.

Leggett did not know about the specific timetable of construction of the trail. More information will be presented at the meeting.

Construction of the trail would depend on funding.

Leggett said he is excited about the project.

“It really opens up a whole section of several counties — Saratoga, Warren and Essex — that have not really had a connection like that before,” he said.

This project does not involve the railroad tracks that ran from North Creek to Tahawus. Advocates have been pushing for that stretch of rail to be abandoned.