Frontcountry Stewards are stationed in the Town of Keene along Route 73 to provide information and education to hikers in the High Peaks.
The new program is sponsored by Paul Smiths College and the Town of Keene and is supported in part by a generous grant from the Adirondack 46'ers. The program is modeled after the very effective ADK 46ers Trailhead Steward Program.
Stewards are located at the Marcy Field parking lot on the corner of Airport Road and Route 73, Wednesdays through Sundays and on holidays. Stewards are located in the Roaring Brook, Giant, and Chapel Pond areas Friday through Sunday in the summer and on weekends through Columbus Day with extended hours on busy weekends.
Front Country Stewards are in place to help hikers adjust to the new No Parking regulations along Route 73 and the temporary closure of the Garden Parking lot for bridge construction. The college and town recognize the need for trained face-to-face interactions to help hikers plan their hikes, develop preparedness skills, and to protect the natural resource through Leave No Trace ethics. The Town of Keene is especially grateful to Paul Smiths College for partnering to address this critical issue. Outdoor recreation is the foundation of Keene's healthy economy, so having services for hikers that also protect the natural resource is of primary importance to our town.
Outdoor recreation is the foundation of Keene's healthy economy, and educating hikers is a key component of protecting the natural resources that are the basis for outdoor recreation in the region. The Paul Smith's College Adirondack Watershed Institute operates more than 60 of boat launch inspection and decontamination stations around the region to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. Their mission is to protect clean water, conserve habitat and support the health and well-being of the people in the Adirondacks. Paul Smith's College Adventure Guides provides guide services to the general public and real-world experiences for students.
2019 Garden Hiker Shuttle Information
2019 GARDEN/JOHNS BROOK VALLEY HIKER SHUTTLE SCHEDULE
The Garden Parking Lot in Keene Valley will be closed Summer 2019. The Johns Brook Bridge is being replaced this construction season and there will be no thru traffic for cars or pedestrians.
The Town is working closely with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the Adirondack Mountain Club to provide access to hikers while the temporary closure is in place. Partners recognize this is a major disruption during the nicest hiking weather, but the bridge replacement is critical. The current bridge is in poor shape and the town can't run plow trucks over it safely.
Parking for hiker access to the Johns Brook Valley via the Garden Parking Lot will be from Marcy Field.
Hikers can park at Marcy Field and ride the shuttle to the Garden trailhead. The cost will be $10 round-trip per person ($13 Canadian). The shuttle will run from 7 am until 7 pm, and the town intends to run the shuttle seven days a week. There may be interruptions to the schedule due to staffing issues.
We are asking that hikers respect the closure and don't park or walk on private property to gain hiking access. Town employees and DEC Forest Rangers are monitoring the lot and illegally parked cars will be towed.
The shuttle schedule below will commence on May 4, 2019. This page will be updated regularly as we add to the schedule.
- Monday: the shuttle will be running May 20 for Victoria Day & May 27 for Memorial Day
- Tuesday: Shuttle Closed
- Wednesday: Shuttle Closed
- Thursday: Shuttle Closed
- Friday: Shuttle Closed
- Saturday: Shuttle Operating 7 am to 7 pm
- Sunday: Shuttle Operating 7 m to 7 pm
The shuttle operates from the Southwest corner of Marcy Field, off Route 73. (Click here for directions)
Information about the Town of Keene Shuttle can be found at, www.townofkeeneny.com/2019-garden-hiker-shuttle-information.