The Adirondack Explorer and Adirondack Daily Enterprise recently published articles profiling the work of the Barkeater Trails Alliance (BETA), which was formed in 2009 by a group of local mountain bike enthusiasts who joined forces to advocate for and develop an interconnected network of trails suitable for mountain bikes. Over the past few years BETA has leveraged its limited resources and 100% volunteer effort to develop dozens of miles of new multi-use trails on state, private and municipal land in the communities of Lake Placid, Wilmington and Saranac Lake.
The Heart Network is thrilled with BETA’s success at creating new opportunities for physical activity in the region. NCHHN provided technical assistance to help kick-start BETA’s formation back in 2009. Since then, BETA has entered into a formal partnership with the Adirondack Ski Touring Council, a non-profit organization which has been successfully building and advocating for community trails, including the Jackrabbit Ski Trail, in the region since 1986.