Snowshoeing at John Brown Farm

John Brown Farm in the town of North Elba is the home and grave of abolitionist John Brown. John Brown died in the pursuit of freedom for slaves and after an assault on Harpers Ferry to obtain arms in 1859, he was hung in Virginia. His body was then transported back to his home here in North Elba along with several of his comrades who aided him in the Harpers Ferry raid.

Today John Brown’s property is open to the public and part of New York States Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation. This landmark is a staple of the area and a significant importance in the era of slavery. This historical landmark, overlooked I’m sure by many, should consider visiting the site as part of their journey to the High Peaks Region.

This is a popular area for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and winter trail-running. Access is easy with no restrictions.

There is also another key feature to this historical site and that is the trail network surrounding the area. The trail network isn’t expansive by any means but is laid out in such a way that it offers numerous possibilities for the entire family as well as those with disabilities.

Leaving from behind John Brown’s family home you will find a trail register where many of the trails leave from. As you drove in there is a small dirt parking area on the left, located along the field, this is another access point to the trails – trails are located here on both sides of the road.

Most of the trails located on the farm are easy with a gentle grade, only a few of the trails would be classified as even moderate in layout. No matter your age or abilities the trails here have something for you.

Trailhead Location: From the intersection of Routes 73 and 86 in Lake Placid, follow Route 73 toward Keene. Continue for 1.75 miles or so to John Brown’s Farm Road on the right (slightly hidden right that crosses Old Military Road at the corner). Follow here for 0.75 miles to the end at the historical site.

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