The Saranac River Trail follows the river through the City of Plattsburgh weaving its way across the campus of SUNY Plattsburgh, along Pine Street, and across the Saranac Street bridge (closed to motorized vehicles but open to bikes and walkers). Phase II, currently under construction, will add a new bridge across the river to Durkee Street and City Hall Place ending at the MacDonough Monument opposite City Hall. Spurs will connect from the Saranac Street Bridge to Stafford Middle School and eventually to Peace Point Park where the river empties into Lake Champlain.
Along the trail and nearby streets, you’ll find major points of interest - some are from Plattsburgh’s historic past, and others are part of its dynamic present and future. What are they? How do you get to nearby places that are just off the trail and throughout the City of Plattsburgh? Perhaps most important for our visitors, how do you get back to the Northway and where do you park (for free!)?
Saranac River Trail app answers these questions for you. If you give the app permission to use your location, you can tap the map icon on a descriptive screen to get walking directions to the point of interest. The Saranac River Trail is for biking, walking, running, blading, boarding, and sitting on the benches to take in the beauty and history. In-app directions are provided for walking and driving (choose your mode from Settings on your iOS device).
If you are planning a trip to Plattsburgh to visit the Trail, use the built-in iOS Maps app to get an automobile route from far away. Amtrak and Greyhound serve the City. From Montréal in the north, Amtrak can get you to the Saranac River Trail and back again in a single day trip. From the south (Albany or New York City, for instance), the Amtrak schedule can give you a good weekend or three-day visit. The Amtrak station is right on the Trail, and restaurants downtown are within an easy half-mile walk. Accommodations at hotels are about two miles from the station; taxis meet the trains.