The chapter has just been notified by the DEC that a reroute of the NPT below Plumley’s Point will be started over this summer. Most of it will be on the last private parcel and then some of the Forest Preserve. The new route will avoid the beaver pond area. They will notify us once it is completed and signage has been put up. Check back for any updates.
Picture courtesy of Matthew Ginter
Thank you Matt Ginter for your picture! It makes you want to get out there and hike!
We are still working hard to get a gallery up and running on this site so until that happens we will feature a new picture every week. Thank you to everyone who have already submitted pictures! Keep those beautiful trail pictures coming!
The gorgeous picture above of sunset over Long Lake was submitted by trip leader and chapter member, Russ Byer.
If any of you have great pictures from the trail and would like to see them on our page then email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Another successful stewardship hike was completed on October 17th and 18th led by Bill Celentano. The crew of five braved wet weather and cold temps to do much needed trail work. Click here to read more about what they were able to accomplish.
A great article about the opening of the new section. Check it out here
On September 27th Diana led a section hike on the newly opened section of the trail. Read more about the hike here.
By Bill Celentano – NPT Stewardship Chair
We at the NPT Chapter are pleased to announce the new NPT stewardship patch program. The sheer length of the NPT, at roughly 135 miles give or take with reroutes, is a logistical nightmare to maintain. Although there are trail stewards who volunteer to help maintain the trail and are each assigned their own sections, it is nearly impossible to keep up with.
The NPT Chapter has identified this problem and assigned me as Chapter Chair to try to help with this daunting task. Along with the Outings Chair, we coordinate Stewardship hikes twice a year along the trail. Each outing will be along a different section of the trail and will usually be either a two- or three-day hike, depending on the remoteness of the section being worked on. During these stewardship hikes, we do basic trail maintenance and clean up. We also try to mix in some fun with a barbecue after the outing to say thank you for the help.
I then started thinking what else can we do to encourage people to come out and give back to the trail we all love so much. A PATCH! Everyone likes earning patches! This is when the idea of the NPT Stewardship patch came about. Join us on three Stewardship hikes and you earn the patch. Come on five Stewardship hikes to earn a five-time rocker patch. There is even a 10-time rocker you can earn.
The patch program and form needed to request your patch will be on our website soon. We have a stewardship hike coming up from Long Lake to Shattuck Clearing in October. This would be a good opportunity to start earning your patch. For more details on the upcoming Stewardship hike click here or email me directly at email@example.com.
Bill, our stewardship chair just got these updated maps from the DEC. The second map shows the re-route of the road walk from the Arch in Northville to the new trail head on Gifford Valley Rd. The new road walk will be 3.5 miles instead of the original roughly 12 miles and keeps hikers off the busy Route 30.
Opening of this section of trail is tentatively scheduled for September 16th. While the trail will be open the much needed bridge over Stoney Creek has not been built and no date is set for construction is known. A roughly 90 ft ford of the river will be necessary to follow this route which during high water seasons may not be passable.
We will update when more details become available.
Welcome to the all new Northville Placid Trail website!
We’re in the process of making changes to make this website a valuable and useful resource to anyone with an interest in exploring the NPT.
We invite you to join us on the adventure.
We want to hear your thoughts and ideas about the NPT chapter, the Website, and the trail itself.
So, please, feel free to leave a comment and tell us how we’re doing.