NEWCOMB - After months of preparation, the snowmobile connector trail between the towns of Newcomb and Indian Lake is now marked and open for use. The one trail ads roughly 30 miles to the existing trail system between the two towns.
Local snowmobilers have been waiting for an easement to be approved by New York State for use of the property. Instead, a lease agreement was approved, this week, by the Indian Lake and Newcomb town boards for a $21,000 land lease from F&W Forestry Inc., Glens Falls. The lease will be split between Newcomb and Indian Lake with half paid now and half in Feb. The local snowmobile clubs will be raising money to supplement the lease payments.
The Indian Lake Snowarriors and Newcomb Snowmobile Club have been grooming sections of the trail as well as marking bridges and routes with the help of TNC, F&W and the state Department of Environmental Conservation.
The trail is prepared at its best, all local snowmobilers are waiting for now it more snow, according to Indian Lake club president Andy Meyers.
Snowmobiles began traversing the trail this past weekend. The connector provides access from Newcomb and Indian Lake to snowmobiling favorites like Speculator and Old Forge.
With increased snowmobile traffic, residents of Newcomb and Indian Lake are confident that the industry will have a positive effect on the local economy.
"Newcomb could be like an Old Forge," said Joe Novak, president of Newcomb Snowmobile club and director of the Essex County branch of the NYS Snowmobile Association. "Local businesses are looking forward to the trail becoming popular. It is nice to have access that is not just a straight line between Newcomb and Long Lake."
With the arrival of gas at the Northwoods Diner in Newcomb, snowmobiles now have a place to fuel up and eat, according to Novak.
He is hoping that the trail expansion continues from newcomb to North Hudson and beyond. Parking for snowmobile trailers in Newcomb will be available at the town beach of 28N.
For more information on the connector trail, visit www.ilsnow.com or www.newcombny.com