New Brantingham Connector Trail completed, bypassing logging activity
By Jamie Organski
Snowmobilers who frequent the trail systems in the Town of Webb and several other Adirondack towns have a reason to celebrate. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) crews have completed work on the Brantingham Connector trail.
The new connector is located on state land, under DEC management, and was completed with assistance from Town of Webb trail maintenance staff. Town of Webb Publicity Director Mike Farmer dubbed this connector trail essential as it links the Brantingham Trail with nearby Big Moose and Stillwater.
“[The] DEC moved quickly on the project, and provided a great trail solution to connect the communities,” Farmer said. “This should be welcome news for snowmobilers from Brantingham and Tug Hill, as well as those in Old Forge, Big Moose, Stillwater and Inlet.”
The new route was prompted by logging operations taking place on private timber company land which is typically leased by the Town of Webb for the Brantingham Trail in the vicinity of the Big Moose-Stillwater Road, according to Farmer.
“The logging roads are frozen in winter, and much of the area is very wet and impassable for log trucks during the spring and summer,” Farmer said. “The current operations require the closing of the established Brantingham Trail through to the Big Moose-Stillwater Road west of Big Moose.”
To travel from Old Forge to Brantingham this snowmobile season, riders should remain on Trail #1 past the usual turn off for the Brantingham Trail at Intersection #14 and on to the Stillwater Road at Intersection #15. Then riders should turn left on Stillwater Road and proceed about 1.5 miles to the marked intersection of the Temporary Brantingham Connector. Riders should turn left onto the connector trail, and proceed about 2.5 miles to the Brantingham Trail.
Farmer urged riders to exercise caution while utilizing the new connector trail, noting that while the first one quarter mile section of the new connector is situated on a gravel roadbed, it continues on a more narrow, curvy section for three quarters of a mile before resuming on the gravel roadbed. Signage has been erected at key intersections to notify riders of any closed trails and also to direct riders to the Connector Trail.
Riders are encouraged to track daily trail reports posted here: www.OldForgeNY.com.