This town service gives hikers access to one of the most popular daily and overnight hiking areas in the Adirondacks – for only $10.
The shuttle will operate on Saturdays and Sundays through the summer and fall hiking season. The shuttle runs from the parking lot on Airport Road in Keene, on the South end of Marcy Field, to the Garden Trailhead parking lot, with access to trails for the Great Range, Mt. Marcy, Big Slide and the Brothers, and much more.
Keene started the shuttle more than a decade ago, to help give hikers a place to park without jamming up local residential and business areas. Covid-19 cancelled the shuttle last year, even as thousands of hikers poured into the area to enjoy healthy outdoor recreation.
“We are striving for a balance here, welcoming visitors who come to enjoy the region we all love, and yet not have our local community get overwhelmed,” said Town Supervisor Joe Pete Wilson, in an announcement of the shuttle operations. “We are working with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and Essex County to iron out details for another shuttle that will run from Marcy Field south along Route 73.”
The town requested, and received, permission from the Adirondack Park Agency to expand hiker parking at the southwest corner of Marcy Field by almost 50% – from 75 to 110 – to help handle increased shuttle traffic. Also, the town has hired Front Country Stewards at the Garden, Marcy Field and the Rooster Comb trailheads to help hikers find their destination safely, and figure out alternatives if their intended hikes are over-crowded.
The town’s overall goal is to welcome visitors, protect the Forest Preserve for all New Yorkers, and help the Keene community thrive.
Photo of Shuttle at Marcy Field August 2019 provided.