Preservation group plans improved access to Adirondack High Peaks

NEWCOMB, NY -- A land preservation group plans to invest $1 million in its property near the Adirondack High Peaks to provide a southern access point for hikers.

The Open Space Institute owns 212 acres in the mining ghost town of Tahawus, near Newcomb.

It announced a plan to make upgrades to improve public access to the historic structures on the property as well as Henderson Lake and the High Peaks.

The plan for the popular wilderness area includes redesigning and expanding the Upper Works parking area at southern trailheads into the High Peaks.

Improvements include new kiosk signage and bathrooms.

The historic MacNaughton Cottage will be renovated to create space for a private outfitter offering equipment rentals and guidance.

There will also be new interpretive signs telling the area's history.

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