While the Beaver Brook Tract is a bit more of a drive from Lake Placid, it is an excellent trail running destination. Within about 15-minutes you can be at an excellent trail system with fun running designs. The Beaver Brook Tract Trail Network is around 8-miles of trails over distinct 8-trails. These trails are a multi-purpose landmark for the New York State DEC and are open to all kinds of outdoor activity including trail running. These trails, while overseen by the NYSDEC are maintained and constructed by BETA.
The trails at Beaver Brook are of a wide array of difficulties and terrain. As trail runners these trails make for a wide variety of loop possibilities. The Coniferous Trail is one of the easier loops within the system require very little change in elevation. Twisted Pine is a bit more aggressive with moderate elevation change over the course of the loop. For a much more aggressive run consider the trail named Good Luck. This loop will bring you over the height-of-land on a steep course over slab and slippery rock to outstanding views along a ridge. As you drop down there is also a couple short steep pitches as well, where the conditions can also be a bit aggressive.
This trail network is always under construction and maintenance and new trails may be added. Be sure to keep up to date on the progress by visiting the NYSDEC web pages or the BETA website.
Trailhead Directions: From the intersection of Route 86 and Route 73 in Lake Placid follow Route 86 toward Wilmington. From the intersection of Route 86 and Route 431 (Whiteface Memorial Highway) in Wilmington, follow Route 86 toward Jay. Continue for just under 2.1 miles to Hardy Road on the right. Follow here for around 2.2 miles to the Wilmington Wild Forest, Beaver Brook Tract Trail System on your left.
Trail Conditions: These trails are well drained and under any circumstance short of a deluge the trails are in excellent condition and dry.
Trail Format: Loop Options
Trail Distance: Dependent on loop created
Runner Recommendations: Beginner and Intermediate
Approximate Time: Dependent on loops created