St. Lawrence County multi-use trail will celebrate opening July 8 in Brasher
BRASHER – The newest segment of the St Lawrence County Multi-Use Trail will be celebrated with the opening Saturday, July 8 of a designated route through Brasher Forest for ATVs.
The St. Lawrence County Trails Board will be hosting the event with the celebration ride starting 9 a.m. at the Parishville Fireman’s Field and will traverse the trail from Parishville through Hopkinton, Stockholm, Lawrence, Brasher, Brasher Forest and end in Helena at the ATV Parking Area at the Old Town of Brasher Highway Garage, 2971 County Rt. 55 in Helena.Those not wanting to take part in the ride can meet at the ATV Area in Helena.
The ride will be led by the Parishville and Colton Sunday Rock ATV Clubs. Once riders arrive at the end of the trail in Helena, a ribbon cutting ceremony and barbecue will be held at 1 p.m. State and local dignitaries along with trail fans are invited to take part.
“This trail would not have been possible without the collaboration of our trail partners,” said St Lawrence County Trails Coordinator Deb Christy.
The Trails Advisory Board consists of representatives, volunteers and advisors from the St. Lawrence County Board of Legislators, a wide variety of trail user groups, the county Soil and Water Conservation District and county foresters, the state Department of Environmental Conservation, sportsmen groups, local businesses, the county Highway Department., the state Department of Transportation, private landowners and managers, law enforcement agencies, the county Chamber Of Commerce, and town council members., among many others.
“Together we achieved the extraordinary,” Christy said.
This newest segment of 13 miles runs through North Lawrence, Brasher, Brasher Forest and ends in Helena. The trail includes 8.7 miles of DEC maintained trails and roads in the Brasher State Forest.
Not all the road and trails will be open on July 8. Enthusiasts are asked to ride only on the designated route. The trails will generally be open for ATV users from May 15 through Sept. 15.
"It's been our dream to connect a multi-use trail across St Lawrence County, and we're getting closer," said Christy.